Chevron Settles Pollution Complaint at Plant

Thu, 07/19/2012 - 7:17am
the Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey officials say Chevron U.S.A. has agreed to pay nearly $500,000 to resolve allegations that its asphalt refinery in Perth Amboy violated air pollution laws.

Chevron U.S.A. is part of Chevron Corp.

The settlement announced Wednesday calls for the state and the federal government to each get $231,875. But a federal judge must approve the deal before it becomes final.

A joint state-federal complaint alleged Chevron violated rules relating to leak detection and repair and record-keeping. It also claimed the firm installed equipment without first obtaining operating permits.

The settlement resolves those violations, as well as two prior administrative orders filed against Chevron in 2005 and 2008 for violations of the state's Pollution Control Act.

Chevron said it worked with state and federal environmental officials to reach the settlement and hoped it would win court approval.



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