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Valero Energy Corp.
Violations of the Clean Air Act
Date: 06/16/2005 (Date of Consent Decree)
Misconduct Type: Environment
Enforcement Agency: EPA
Contracting Party: None
Court Type: Administrative
Synopsis: On June 16, 2005, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced "comprehensive Clean Air Act settlements with petroleum refinery Valero that are expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 20,000 tons per year from 14 refineries in six states." Under a consent decree, Valero will pay a $5.5 million civil penalty, spend more than $5.5 million on "environmentally beneficial projects," and, together with Tesoro (purchaser of the former Valero Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, Calif.), spend more than $700 million to "install and implement innovative emission control technologies at their refineries."