Three companies affiliated with Shell Oil Company, including the Convent and Norco Motiva Enterprises facilities, agreed to a $900,000 civil penalty settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The civil penalty is in response to a number of alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at not only refining locations, but also through distribution and retail businesses in several locations around the country, according to the EPA.
Included in the settlement is Equilon Enterprises LLC doing business as Motiva Enterprises LLC, Shell Oil Products U.S. and Deer Park Refining Limited Partnership.
Violations were discovered through EPA investigation and by self-disclosure from the companies. These violations include high levels of ethanol in gasoline, violations of gasoline volatility which can contribute to ozone pollution, violations of the sulfur standards as well as recordkeeping, sampling and testing violations, according to the EPA.
Most of the allegations involve problems in Texas, New Jersey and Virginia. The allegations in the settlement that include Louisiana facilities are primarily paperwork and documentation problems.
“Motiva, SOPUS and Deer Park take environmental compliance obligations very seriously and have cooperated fully with the EPA to resolve the issues raised,” Ray Fisher, Shell spokesman, wrote in an emailed statement. “We strive to operate in compliance with all permits and regulations. Corrective actions have been taken at our facilities to avoid a reoccurrence of these noncompliances.”
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