Texaco Settles Lawsuit Over Clean Air Act Violations on Navajo Lands

Suit alleged Texaco failed under the Clean Air Act to monitor and file reports on equipment leaks, and failed to properly equip and test its gas plant flare.

Published: 08-Jan-2002

ANETH, Utah, January 7, 2002 (ENS) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a $295,000 settlement with Texaco Exploration and Production, Inc. for violations of the Clean Air Act and the federal community right to know law at its gas plant and oil field in Aneth, Utah, on the Navajo Nation.

Texaco has agreed to pay a $243,725 penalty and perform an environmental project of $51,275 to provide emergency response equipment and preparedness training to the Navajo Nation's Montezuma Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department. Texaco will also ensure that its gas plant complies with the leak detection and repair requirements of the Clean Air Act.

"Facilities have an obligation to the community for operating safely and being in compliance with environmental laws," said Jack Broadbent, the EPA's Pacific Southwest air division director. "We are pleased that Texaco has agreed to amicably resolve this enforcement action."

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