CVR UNIT TO PAY $2.3M FOR CLEAN WATER ACT VIOLATIONS, EPA SAYS

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Environmental Protection Agency and received via
e-mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Coffeyville Resources Refining & Marketing to Pay $2,302,500
Combined Penalty and Reimbursement to Settle Violations of Clean
Water Act at Coffeyville, Kansas, Facility 
(Lenexa, Kan., Feb. 12, 2013) - Coffeyville Resources Refining &
Marketing (CRRM) has agreed to pay a $556,244 civil penalty to
settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at its facility
in Coffeyville, Kansas, the Environmental Protection Agency
announced today. In addition to paying the penalty, CRRM will
pay $1,746,256 for reimbursement of federal response costs
associated with the cleanup of the Verdigris River following a
2007 flood and oil spill. 
On July 1, 2007, CRRM discharged approximately 2,145 barrels of
crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water from its petroleum
refinery into the Verdigris River during a flood event. 
“The settlement with CRRM requires the company to make upgrades
to its facility that will protect human health and the
environment from future spills,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator
Karl Brooks. “In addition to these changes, CRRM is required to
pay back the taxpayers for the response costs associated with
cleaning up their spill.” 
CRRM will also complete other projects to further mitigate the
risk of illegal spills or discharges. Among these are the
completion and installation of river modeling and monitoring
procedures and the implementation of a Wet Weather Plan and
training of refinery personnel to ensure proper emergency
shutdown of the refinery in the event of a future flood. 
The consent decree is subject to a 30-day public comment period
and approval by the federal court. Once it is published in the
Federal Register, a copy of the consent decree will be available
on the Justice Department website at
http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd/Consent_Decrees.html. 
Contact Information:
Ben Washburn, 913-551-7364, washburn.ben@epa.gov 
(sgp) NY 
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