Texas-based refinery Pelican Refining Company has been fined $12 million for violation of the Clean Air Act. It has been reported that it is the largest penalty imposed for the Clean Air Act violence at a plant in Louisiana. The huge fine came not just because it occurred in the city of Louisiana. It happened in a place which was reported with most number of cancer incidence, which is supposed to be result of a large concentration of industries in that area.
The Department of Justice said that the company made many violations. Pelican had no company budget, no environmental department and no environmental manager which are mandatory as per law.
Again, the company was required to use pollution control equipments, in order to get permission to plant’s operation, which is a violation.
The equipment they had are non-functional. There was no provision for safe burning of toxic chemicals or to remove toxic Hydrogen Sulfide. Sour crude oil was stored in a tank without proper inspection.
Byron Hamilton, the Pelican vice president who oversaw operations at theLake Charlesrefinery, was found guilty of negligence of duty, and faces up to one year in prison and a $200,000 as fine.
Pelican was sentenced to pay $12 million in penalties, including a $10 million criminal fine and $2 million in community service payments. Pelican will be prohibited from future operations as well, unless it implements an environmental compliance plan.
The Department Of Justice has given a stern judgment against the company’s encroachment to citizen’s right to live. Scribble in your comments.