EPA fines Coffeyville refinery $300K

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The federal government is fining a southeast Kansas refinery $300,000 for deficiencies in the company’s program to curb air pollution.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office said in a release Wednesday that Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing has agreed to pay the penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its Coffeyville plant.

The proposed settlement addresses deficiencies in the refinery’s risk management program, which is aimed at preventing and reducing the severity of accidental releases of air pollution. The settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period and approval by a federal court.

The settlement is the third for the company since 2012. The first also addressed air pollution, while the second settlement dealt with a 2007 oil spill into the Verdigris River.

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