Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
CITGO
Current Parent Company: 
PDVSA (Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.)
Penalty: 
$2,045,000
Year: 
2014
Date: 
February 5, 2014
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

CITGO Petroleum Corporation and CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company LLP were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Corpus Christi for violations of the Clean Air Act related to its illegal operation of two massive tanks at their Corpus Christi East Plant Refinery as oil water separators without the required emission control equipment. The failure to equip the tanks with emission controls exposed numerous residents in the Oak Park and Hillcrest communities to chemical emissions. CITGO Petroleum Corporation was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 on each of the two Clean Air Act counts of conviction. CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company LLP was ordered to pay a fine of $500,000 on each of the federal Clean Air Act counts of conviction plus $15,000 on each of the three misdemeanor Migratory Bird Treaty Act conviction, for a total of $45,000.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department multiagency referral
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Texas
Facility City: 
Corpus Christi
HQ Country of Parent: 
Venezuela
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
government-owned
Major Industry of Parent: 
oil and gas
Specific Industry of Parent: 
oil & gas
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Parent company note: 
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