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US EPA fine Motiva for emissions and permit violations

Florida Home to Seven Air Polluters on EPA Watch List

November 7, 2011

By Trevor Aaronson and Mc Nelly Torres
Florida Center for Investigative Reporting

The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, in partnership with the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Public Integrity, is disclosing for the first time the air polluters in the Sunshine State that have most concerned federal regulators. These sites were included on the EPA Watch List in August or September for having unresolved violations.

The other Florida sites on the Facility Watch List were the Brevard County Central Disposal Facility in Cocoa, Eager Beaver Trailers in Lake Wales, the Miami-Dade County Resource Recovery Facility in Doral, Motiva Enterprises in Tampa, Tampa Electric Company’s Big Bend Station in Apollo Beach, and Naval Air Station Jacksonville.

The seven polluters demonstrate how toothless, and at times helpless, federal, state and county regulators can be in preventing hazardous emissions from entering the air Floridians breathe.

At another Facility Watch List site in Tampa, regulators cited and fined Motiva Enterprises, a partnership between Shell Oil Company and the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, for emissions and permit violations. Located in the Port of Tampa, Motiva Enterprises stores gasoline from incoming tankers.

Motiva Enterprises’ violations resulted in two consent orders and warranted the Tampa site’s inclusion on the EPA’s Facility Watch List. Motiva Enterprises referred questions to Shell Oil spokesperson Kayla Macke.

Her response to questions about what the company is doing to curb air pollution at the facility less than 10 miles from downtown Tampa: “We will respectfully decline to comment.”

Motiva Enterprises document batch


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