CITGO penalized for alleged environmental violations at Lemont refinery

LEMONT – CITGO Petroleum Corp. has agreed to pay a $737,000 civil penalty and to implement projects to reduce harmful air pollution after alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at facilities including the Lemont refinery, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged that CITGO failed to sample and test reformulated gasoline blendstock at its Lemont refinery, according to the release.

As part of the settlement, CITGO will install and maintain a geodesic dome on one of the fuel storage tanks at its Lemont refinery, the release said.

In a statement, a CITGO spokesperson said that environmental stewardship is a core value for the company.

"We operate our businesses safely and as good stewards of the environment," the spokesman said. "We recognize that safety, the health of our employees and environmental stewardship are every employee's responsibility. Our self-reporting of these incidents is part of our ongoing commitment to these core values."