New Flare Consent Decree Lodged

A new flare consent decree has been released by the Department of Justice. Excerpt from the June 6, 2017 Federal Register...

On May 30, 2017, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Abilene Division, in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Alon USA, LP, Case No.1:17-cv-00087. The proposed Consent Decree resolves United States' claims under the Clean Air Act (CAA) against Alon USA, LP, concerning its petroleum refinery located in Big Spring, Texas.

The proposed Decree addresses the pollutants benzene (under the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for benzene) and volatile organic compounds (in connection with leak-detection-and-repair requirements). Under the CAA's New Source Performance Standards and the Prevention of Significant Deterioration standards, the proposed Decree also addresses various emissions from certain refinery devices, including: Heaters and boilers, flares, and a fluidized catalytic cracking unit (including its regenerator and its associated boiler). Also under the proposed Decree, Defendant would perform a supplemental environmental project to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and pay a civil penalty of $456,250.00.

The full consent decree can be downloaded from the Department of Justice at: https://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decree/us-v-alon-usa-lp