The EPA has announced that it, along with the US Justice Department, has reached a settlement with BP for Clean Air Act violations at its Texas City, Texas petroleum refinery. Part of the settlement requires BP to pay a $15 million civil penalty.
On March 25, 2005, a series of fires and explosions at the refinery claimed the lives of 15 workers and injured more than 170 people. Investigations found inadequate equipment and procedures. Included in the settlement, are events surrounding an August, 2005 leak of highly pressurized liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons, a rupture of a carbon steel piping elbow in July, 2005 resulting in a major fire, and a rupture of a corroded 20 inch diameter pipe in March, 2004, resulting in a major fire.
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