DOJ Settles Clean Air Act Suit with Refinery

Kansas-based refinery to pay $23 million to offset 2,300 tons of sulfur dioxide.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reached an agreement with Kansas-based refinery Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing this week. The refinery will pay a total of $23 million to cover the consequences of emitting excess sulfur dioxide. 

An EPA investigation found the refinery emitted over 2,300 excess tons of sulfur dioxide from 2015 to 2017, a chemical that causes poor breathing, smog, acid rain, and tree and plant damage. The agreement will allot $1 million to a local environmental program, $9 million to prevent further emissions from occurring, and $13 million in penalties to the state and federal government.

“This settlement demonstrates that the United States will take decisive action to address Clean Air Act violations, to enforce the terms of consent decrees, and to promote environmental justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Todd Kim. “The emissions reductions achieved under this settlement will result in healthier air for a community disproportionately affected by air pollution.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Assistant Attorney General Kim as he facilitates the settling of lawsuits with corporations that violate the Clean Air Act.
  • For Administrator Michael Regan to be wise in his oversight of the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • For U.S. officials as they seek to ensure clean and breathable air and healthy environmental conditions.

Sources: Department of Justice


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