Settlement proposed in clean water case against ConocoPhillips

The U.S. Justice Department, acting on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lodged a proposed consent degree in the case against ConocoPhillips Co. for violations of the Clean Water Act at its Sweeny Refinery in Old Ocean, Texas, southwest of Houston...

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 21, 2004 -- The U.S. Justice Department, acting on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, lodged a proposed consent degree in the case against ConocoPhillips Co. for violations of the Clean Water Act.

The proposed decree was filed Oct. 4 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. It seeks to resolve liability for violations of section 301 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1311. The claim arises from the defendant's discharge of effluent from a wastewater treatment facility at its Sweeny Refinery in Old Ocean, Texas, in violation of effluent limits, including limits for Whole Effluent Toxicity, contained in its National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit.

Under the agreement, ConocoPhillips will pay a civil penalty of $610,000 and will perform a Supplemental Environmental Project, which consists of the donation of 128 acres to the Austin Woods Unit of the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge. Additionally, the company is required to take the necessary measures to comply with the CWA and its permit.

During the 30-day public comment period, the proposed consent decree may be examined on the following Department of Justice website, www.usdoj.gov/enrd/open.html.

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