Sulfuric Acid Manufacturers Agree to Reduce Air Pollution at Facilities
Tx Construction April 12, 2009
Three manufacturers of sulfuric acid have agreed to spend at least $12 million on air pollution controls that are expected to eliminate more than 3,000 tons of harmful emissions annually from six production plants in Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, according to the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Justice Department.
Chemtrade Logistics, Chemtrade Refinery Services, and Marsulex also will pay a civil penalty of $700,000 under the Clean Air Act settlement.
Chemtrade will upgrade existing pollution control equipment called scrubbers to meet new, lower emission limits for sulfur dioxide at its four production facilities in Beaumont; Shreveport; Tulsa; and Riverton, Wyo., between January 2010 and January 2013.
This settlement is the third nationwide compliance agreement in a Clean Air Act initiative under which DOJ and EPA expect to reach similar agreements with other sulfuric acid manufacturers. The first and second nationwide sulfuric acid compliance agreements were announced in 2007 with Rhodia Inc. and Dupont. As a result of the three settlements, this initiative has now secured pollution controls at 20 plants and is expected to eliminate a combined total of 35,000 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions per year.