New Flare Consent Decree: WRB Refining/Phillips 66

Aug 20, 2018

On August 10, 2018, the US Department of Justice lodged a proposed consent decree with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in the lawsuit entitled United States and Illinois v. WRB Refining LP, et al., Civil Action No. 3:18-cv-01484. See copy here. The complaint alleged that defendants WRB Refining LP and Phillips 66 Company ("WRB/P66") violated various provisions of the Clean Air Act and the Illinois Environmental Protection Act at the Wood River Refinery.

Under the proposed consent decree, WRB/P66 will implement a flare minimization and flare efficiency program to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds; undertake a variety of practices to reduce pollution from valves and pumps; limit benzene emissions from wastewater management units; and develop and implement an operation and maintenance plan to improve the operation of the continuous emissions monitoring systems at the Wood River Refinery. Under the terms of the Decree, WRB/P66m will install a new vacuum truck unloading facility; set up monitoring devices around its wastewater treatment plant; and use low emissions valves when it has to replace older valves or install new ones. WRB/P66 will also implement a $500,000 supplemental environmental project to abate lead paint hazards at qualifying homes and buildings and pay a civil penalty of $475,000.

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