WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — Par Hawaii Refining and
subsidiaries of Tesoro Corp. will pay $425 million to settle allegations of
violating the Clean Air Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
the U.S. Department of Justice have announced.
The money will go toward installing and operating pollution
control equipment. Tesoro will also pay to fund environmental projects in local
communities and pay a civil penalty.
“The advanced technologies Tesoro and Par are required to
implement are the future for protecting people from toxic air emissions,” said Cynthia
Giles, EPA assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance assurance. "This settlement puts new enforcement ideas to work that will
dramatically cut pollution and protect communities."
The settlement includes provisions to resolve alleged
violations at refineries in Kenai, Alaska, Martinez, California, Kapolei,
Hawaii, Mandan, North Dakota, Salt Lake City, and Anacortes, Washington.
“This settlement, achieved in partnership with states, will
benefit the air quality in communities across the western United States,” said assistant attorney general John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and
Natural Resources Division. "It uses cutting edge technology to
address global environmental issues like climate change by controlling flaring
and provides important reductions of harmful air pollution in communities
facing environmental and health challenges.”