Par Hawaii Refining recently agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Clean Air Act violations at the company's Kapolei Refinery.
Through the settlement Par Hawaii will install and operate pollution control equipment at the facility, an estimated $47 million project. The Kapolei Refinery settlement is one part of a $425 million settlement between the company and the EPA and DOJ, which covers violations at six refineries.
“EPA remains committed to ensuring companies take responsibility for protecting public health and the environment,” EPA Acting Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest Alexis Strauss said. “With this agreement, Par Hawaii will not only reduce harmful emissions from refinery leaks and flares, but will also reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides by nearly 240 tons per year from the Kapolei refinery heaters and boilers.”
The Kapolei Refinery was formerly owned by Tesoro Corp. Subsidiaries of that company and Par Hawaii will install and operate pollution control measures at each of the six refineries at a cost of approximately $403 million. Tesoro will pay a $10.45 million civil penalty and spend approximately$12.2 million on supplemental projects to promote the public and environmental health of nearby communities.