A chemical manufacturing plant in southeast Texas had multiple explosions and had to be evacuated. The plant was previously on the EPA’s watchlist for violations. It was currently in violation of the EPA’s clean air laws since 2017. The plant manufactured butadiene, and had produced illegal amounts of pollution related to the chemical on multiple occasions. The plant was considered a high-priority violator, but officals felt that the previous $200,000 incurred fine did not make any impact on a multi-billion-dollar company.
- A southeast Texas chemical manufacturing plant suffered multiple explosions, possible relating to compliance issues.
- The Port Neches plant had previously been cited multiple times for EPA violations.
- The plant was in current non-compliance and in flagrant violation of several laws.
“But environmental and consumer advocacy groups on Wednesday said that those penalties — the civil ones add up to less than $200,000 — are nowhere near enough to deter a company that brings in billions of dollars a year from taking sufficient corrective actions.”