(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and received
via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.) 
Corpus Christi Plant Agrees to Pay Over $750,000 to Improve
Emission Controls 
(DALLAS - August 29, 2013) The MarkWest Javelina plant will
invest over $650,000 for facility operations improvements that
will reduce flaring events and improve communications with the
local community. The gas processing plant will also pay a civil
penalty of $97,500 to settle violations of the Clean Air Act
uncovered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 
The consent agreement addresses a number of violations occurring
from Sept. 1, 2012 to Jan. 30, 2013. 
“EPA is committed to reducing toxic air pollution from sources
that have an impact on the health of our citizens,” said Ron
Curry, EPA’s Regional Administrator. “This agreement has a
positive and direct impact on improving air quality and
communication for the surrounding community.” 
In addition to improving flare efficiency, the settlement
requires that MarkWest Javelina improve operational reliability
without increasing facility emissions and improve emission
controls. The company will also establish a 24 hour hotline to
answer any community questions about flaring events at the
Today’s agreement continues EPA’s efforts to reduce emissions of
toxic air pollutants, with a particular focus on industrial
flares. These requirements focus on reducing the amount of waste
gas sent to flares and on improving flare operations, both of
which work to reduce toxic emissions. Improper operation of an
industrial flare can send hundreds of tons of hazardous air
pollutants into the air. More pollution results when waste gas
is sent to a flare, or if the flare is inefficient. EPA wants
companies to flare less, and when they do flare, to burn the
harmful chemicals found in the waste gas. 
EPA’s goals include focusing on improving compliance among
industries with significant potential for environmental harm due
to air emissions located near communities. 
The facility is required to pay the penalty within 30 days of
filing the consent agreement. 
More about activities in EPA Region 6: 
Other Air News in Texas: 
To date, EPA has issued all final greenhouse gas permits by the
deadline. From pre-application consultations to post-application
technical sessions, EPA’s permitting program helps Texas
companies obtain their greenhouse gas permits within the one-year statutory deadline. The pre-consultation program has
reduced the number of incomplete applications and helped many
companies submit required information necessary to complete
their permitting application. GHG permit applications are
processed in order of a complete application submitted to the
Agency. EPA has issued 18 final permits and is working on
another 21. 
For more information contact Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at
214-665-2200 or 
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