Thursday, November 3, 2011
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|Agreed Final Judgment with BP Products North America Inc.|
|Attorney General's lawsuit against BP Products North America|
|Attorney General's lawsuit - BP Products North America Inc.|
According to the Attorney General’s 2009 enforcement action, BP was responsible for 72 separate and unlawful pollutant emissions that have been occurring every few months since March 2005. An explosion and related fires erupted at BP’s Texas City refinery in March 2005 that claimed 15 lives and injured more than 170 workers.
The State’s 2009 legal action against BP stemmed from a referral from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which regulates and permits emissions at Texas refineries. After the Attorney General’s Office filed its original legal action against BP, the TCEQ submitted a second, related referral against BP Products. According to TCEQ investigators, multiple Texas Clean Air Act violations occurred at the Texas City refinery between April 6 and May 16 of 2010. As a result, the Attorney General’s Office filed a second enforcement action and charged BP with illegally emitting approximately 500,000 pounds of harmful air pollutants in Texas City.
Under the proposed agreement, BP Products is required to pay $50 million to the State of Texas. That amount includes $500,000 in costs that the Attorney General’s Office incurred while pursuing the State’s enforcement actions. The remainder of the $50 million reflects civil penalties that will be deposited in the State treasury.