U.S. says N.J. pollution complaint settled

April 25, 2012 at 7:53 PM
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WASHINGTON, April 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Justice says Hess Corp. has agreed to a settlement regarding Clean Air Act violations at its Port Reading, N.J., refinery.

New York-based Hess has agreed to pay an $850,000 civil penalty and spend more than $45 million in new pollution controls at its refinery, a department release reported Wednesday.

The controls required by the settlement are estimated to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by 181 tons per year, the release said.

A government complaint filed April 19, 2012, alleged Hess made modifications to its refinery that increased emissions without first obtaining pre-construction permits and installing required pollution control equipment.

New Jersey actively participated in the settlement with Hess and will receive half of the civil penalty, the Department of Justice said.

"This settlement is the 31st such agreement with petroleum refineries across the nation," said Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney feneral for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice.

"Hess joins a growing list of corporations who have entered into comprehensive and innovative agreements with the United States that will result in cleaner, healthier air for communities across the nation."

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