Pennsylvania fines company $400,000 for refinery emissions 🔒

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined Monroe Energy $400,000 for air emissions violations at its refinery in Delaware County, Kallanish Energy reports.

Reports submitted by the company show excessive emission of hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide at the refinery, located roughly 10 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

The company also failed to satisfy the state’s data availability requirements.

The fine is part of a consent decree between DEP and the company. The violations occurred between July 2013 and June 2016.

“This penalty reinforces how important it is for companies to accurately control, track and report their emissions,” said DEP Southeast acting regional director Anderson Hartzell, in a statement.

The $400,000 will be paid to the Pennsylvania Clean Air Fund.

In November 2015, Monroe installed a flare gas recovery system to recover flare gas and to reduce emissions. Since the installation, reports from the refinery’s continuous emission monitoring system have shown “significant reduction” in emissions, DEP said.

Monroe, a subsidiary of Delta Airlines, took over the refinery in 2012 from ConocoPhillips to produce jet fuel.