EIP & Citizens for Environmental Justice Reach Innovative Settlement Agreement with Koch Industries’ Flint Hills Resources to Reduce Air Pollution Emissions at Texas Refinery

December 12, 2013

Citizens for Environmental Justice, represented by the University of Texas Environmental Law Clinic, and the Environmental Integrity Project today announced they have reached a settlement agreement with Flint Hills Resources to cut greenhouse gas and other air pollution from their refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.  As a result of abundant supplies of crude oil flowing to the area from the booming Eagle Ford shale, the company is planning a major project to expand capacity at its Corpus Christi West Refinery.  According to the terms of the settlement, the company has agreed to cap and monitor greenhouse gas emissions; reduce levels of smog-causing nitrogen oxides by 25 percent from the original proposed limits for new  heaters; reduce levels of toxic and smog-forming volatile organic compounds from storage tanks by 154 tons per year; reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by limiting the amount of sulfur allowed in fuel gas; and comply with stricter limits on emissions of volatile organic compounds, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide from the refinery’s most polluting sources.

For the press release, click here.

For the settlement agreement, click here.