How Communities Are Faring in Chevron’s $121 Million Air Quality Deal

By Clark Mindock (March 16, 2022, 5:50 p.m. EDT) — A $121 million settlement agreed to last week by Chevron Phillips has drawn attention not only for its dollar amount, but also for its stringent security requirements. air quality monitoring, which some say could signal a new era for environmental settlements.

The agreement, announced last week by the US Department of Justice and the US Environmental Protection Agency, ends allegations of Clean Air Act violations at three company-operated Texas chemical plants.

Although Chevron Phillips will pay a $3 million fine, the bulk of the settlement focuses on the installation and maintenance of $118 million worth of flare signaling instruments, the prevention of flares …

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