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2theadvocate.com: Shell Chemical to pay $1 million fine in settlement with DEQ

Advocate staff report
Published: Mar 15, 2007
   
Shell Chemical will pay a $1 million fine and invest $5.5 million in projects to improve the environment as part of a settlement with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality the agency announced Wednesday.

The settlement stems from a variety of violations between 1999 and 2004 and includes Shell Chemical sites in St. Charles and Ascension parishes.

The environmental projects consist of:

Installing a flare reduction-flare improvement system.

Donating to the DEQ hurricane/storm cleanup and recovery fund.

Donating to an air-quality study.

Donating to the St. Charles Parish school system for improvement in emergency response.

Donating to the St. Charles Parish Emergency Operation Center to pay for equipment.

The $1 million penalty will be paid into the state’s hazardous waste cleanup fund.

“This is an important settlement, not just because both parties have addressed past violations, but because we have also agreed to address the needs of the future,” DEQ Assistant Secretary Harold Leggett said.

“With the addition of internal audits and installation of new equipment, the Shell Chemical sites involved in this agreement will, if they have not already, see a decrease in emissions and permit violations,” Leggett said.

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