Processing Magazine

BP Refinery Illegally Emitted Toxic Chemicals

August 10, 2010

The Associated Press reports that BP illegally emitted nearly 500,000 pounds of toxic air pollutants at its Texas City refinery during a 41-day period this spring, the state attorney general contends in a lawsuit. According to the lawsuit filed in state district court in Austin, BP''s poor operation and maintenance for those days in April and May were the primary cause of the toxic emissions of cancer-causing benzene, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. BP could be fined up to $25,000 per day for each violation. The Texas City refinery is the nation''s third-largest, about 30 miles south of Houston.