on October 15th chemical giant Lyondellbasell announced an agreement which it will upgrade its industrial flares and air pollution control equipment at six Petrochemical facilities in Texas and Iowa.
The agreement which the Dutch company and U.S environmental protection agency (EPA) agreed upon will eliminate tons of harmful waste gases which are not being monitored and not being burned completely by the company’s industrial flares.
A proper industrial flare will burn almost all the harmful waste gases and leaving only water and carbon dioxide for the atmosphere.
The EPA also noted: “This settlement will require LyondellBasell to install pollution control and emissions monitoring equipment at six facilities in Texas and Iowa, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and other harmful gases by thousands of tons per year,”
EPA estimates that by finishing the instalments, the company will reduce its harmful emissions such as CO2, METHANE and ETHANE by almost 92,000 tons per year.
Lyondellbasell also agreed to pay a $3.4 million civil penalty.
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