Chevron to pay $384,000 penalty after alleged violations at an SLC refinery

Posted at 7:59 PM, Jul 31, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-31 21:59:36-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Chevron reached a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday regarding alleged violations that occurred at a refinery they own in Salt Lake City, and they will pay hundreds of thousands of dollars as a penalty.

The EPA found that the refinery, located at 2351 North 1100 West, had allegedly emitted too many nitrogen oxides and the settlement requires Chevron to pay a $384,000 penalty.

According to a press release from the EPA, nitrogen oxide contributes to ground-level ozone, acid rain and it can lower people’s resistance to respiratory illnesses.

The settlement requires Chevron to overhaul and install pollution controls on three of their refinery’s engines, which is expected to mitigate past excess emissions by reducing future nitrogen oxide emissions by an estimated 50 tons each year.

Chevron will also be required to spend $100,000 to help purchase four new compressed natural gas school buses for the Jordan School District.