Refinery Operator Settles with Texas AG for $1.3 Million over Allegedly Unlawful Emissions

  • Texas AG Ken Paxton settled with TotalEnergies Petrochemicals & Refining USA, Inc. to resolve allegations that the operator of a Port Arthur refinery violated the Texas Clean Air Act by repeatedly emitting unauthorized pollutants.
  • According to the AG’s office, the refinery experienced multiple instances of unauthorized emissions and permit violations related to operator errors, equipment malfunctions, and poor maintenance practices.
  • Under the terms of the settlement, TotalEnergies will pay $1.3 million to the state of Texas and $100,000 in attorneys’ fees, and agreed to a series of corrective actions and associated compliance deadlines intended to prevent further unauthorized pollution.