Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The State’s 2011 enforcement action against GCMC originated with a referral from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, whose investigators found that GCMC’s facility unlawfully emitted air pollutants such as ammonia, nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide and various airborne metals. State investigators also discovered that GCMC unlawfully discharged wastewater that contained toxic and hazardous metals, including arsenic, cobalt and nickel. Soil samples tested near the defendant’s facility revealed dangerous levels of toxic metals, including antimony, chromium and lead.
Agreed final judgment against Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation
Assesses civil penalties of $7.5 million against GCMC.
Requires GCMC to institute real-time metals monitoring equipment. The monitoring system is new, cutting-edge technology that has never before been implemented at any other industrial facility in the State of Texas and has only been utilized in a handful of plants nationally or internationally.
Largest settlements in Texas history related to a single source emitter
BP Products North America Inc. $50 million in civil penalties for unlawful pollutant emissions at its Texas City refinery.
Huntsman Petrochemical Company $9 million in civil penalties for unpermitted and unreported pollutant emissions at its Port Arthur facility.