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New Clean Air Act Settlement

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The US Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice have announced a settlement of a $3.4 million civil penalty with Equistar Chemicals; LyondellBasell Acetyls; and Lyondell Chemical Company, that will eliminate thousands of tons of air pollution from six of Lyondell’s petrochemical manufacturing facilities in Texas and Iowa, the EPA said in a statement.

The three defendants in this matter are subsidiaries of LyondellBasell Industries NV, a Dutch-domiciled multinational chemical company with American and British roots, incorporated in the Netherlands, with US operations headquarters in Houston, and offices in London, UK.

Worldwide, the company is the largest licensor of polyethylene and polypropylene technologies and the third largest independent chemical manufacturer. It also produces ethylene, propylene, polyolefins, and oxyfuels.

The settlement involves the reduction of air pollution from petrochemical and chemical flares. A flare is a mechanical device, ordinarily elevated high off the ground, used to combust waste gases.

Six facilities located in Channelview, Corpus Christi, and La Porte, Texas, as well as in Clinton, Iowa are covered in this settlement.

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