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Sep302010

BP Products To Pay Largest Single-Facility Clean Air Act Penalty For Releases Of Hazardous Pollutants

Photo Courtesy -- PRNewsFoto(WASHINGTON) -- On Thursday, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency announced BP Products North America Inc. will pay $15 million in penalties to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act at its petroleum refinery in Texas City, Texas. 

The penalty is the largest ever assessed for violations of the Clean Air Act's chemical accident prevention and is the largest civil penalty ever recovered at an individual facility.

According to the Department of Justice, after Thursday's settlement, the federal government will have collected approximately $137 million in criminal, civil and administrative fines related to safety violations at the Texas City refinery.

BP will also spend an estimated additional $500 million to improve safety at the refinery.

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