November 20, 2009 / 9:55 PM / 10 years ago

Conoco to pay air quality fine to Pennsylvania

TORONTO (Reuters) - ConocoPhillips Corp will pay $38,137 for 2009 air quality violations at its 190,000 barrel-per-day refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, state environmental regulators said on Friday.

“Violations include failing to report emissions and for incorrectly reporting emissions from a variety of sources at the refinery,” said Joseph Feola, director of the Southeast Regional Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Conoco was also cited for several monitoring violations and for exceeding permitted emissions limits.

Conoco’s air permit requires the company to submit an emissions report on all air pollution sources at its facility by March 1 of each year for the previous year. This report must include emissions from existing equipment, as well as new or modified units.

The facility was fined $129,524 in December 2008 for air quality violations, including sulfur dioxide emissions in excess of permitted levels.

A company spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Janet McGurty; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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