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EPA CHARGES AMERADA HESS CORP. IN N.J. WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE CLEAN AIR ACT; SEEKS $188,104 IN PENALTIES

 NEW YORK, Nov. 18 ~PRNewswire~ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a complaint to Amerada Hess Corp., of Woodbridge, N.J., charging it with violations of Clean Air Act emissions monitoring and reporting requirements. The complaint alleges that Amerada Hess failed to submit quarterly excess emissions and monitoring reports in a timely manner and had not installed a required hydrogen sulfide continuous emission monitor.
 Continuous monitoring serves to give facilities and regulating agencies critical information about the facility's stack emissions. Changes in the pollutant concentration of emissions could indicate operational problems at the facility or a violation of standards.
 "Continuous monitoring equipment acts as a sort of watch dog at facilities," said Constantine Sidamon-Eristoff, EPA region 2 administrator. "EPA and the states can't inspect facilities on a daily basis, but with continuous monitoring results, both the EPA and the facility can review levels of pollutants to prevent violations of emission standards and take action where necessary."
 "If pollutant levels exceed allowable levels, EPA can take enforcement action and the company can adjust its equipment to come into compliance. Monitoring facilities encourages compliance with emissions standards, so EPA rigorously enforces requirements to have and operate this equipment."
 Amerada Hess operates a petroleum refinery producing gasoline, distillate fuel oils, residual fuel oils, lubricants and other petroleum products. The company burns gaseous fuel generated at the refinery, which results in emissions to the air, at its Woodbridge facility. The Clean Air Act requires facilities to install, operate and test continuous monitoring equipment to monitor hydrogen sulfide in the fuel gas being burned by fuel gas combustion devices. The Clean Air Act also requires facilities with fuel gas combustion devices to submit quarterly excess emission monitoring reports or summary reports. The reports contain information regarding any instances where the level of pollutants exceed emissions standards and ensure that the monitoring and pollution control equipment is working properly.
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 ~CONTACT: Mary Breitenbach U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 212-264-2515~


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