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Pennsylvania: Shell acknowledges exceeding emission limitations, set aside millions for improvement projects

Christian Fernsby |
The Shapiro Administration and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) entered into a consent order and agreement (COA) with Shell Chemicals Appalachia in which Shell formally acknowledged that the company exceeded total emission limitations for air contaminants agreed to make repairs to reduce future exceedances, and agreed to pay nearly $10 million to DEP and the local community.

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The COA resolves air quality violations during commissioning of Shell’s petrochemical facility in Potter and Center Townships, Beaver County.

Under the COA, Shell will pay a civil penalty of $4,935,023 and as required by Act 57 of 2011, 25 percent of this penalty will be directed to local communities.

Additionally, Shell will spend another $5 million for environmental projects to benefit the local communities. In total, communities in Western Pennsylvania will directly receive $6.2 million for projects to benefit the environment, heath, and quality of life of the community near the facility because of the COA.

DEP’s Office of Environmental Justice will collaborate on this effort. Shell will also pay additional monthly civil penalties for the rest of 2023 for any further exceedances.

Following the COA, Shell planned to restart operations at the facility on May 24, 2023.

Shell exceeded its rolling 12-month total emission limitations for volatile organic compounds (VOC) beginning in October 2022 through April 2023, carbon monoxide (CO) from February through March 2023, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) from December 2022 through April 2023, and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) from December 2022 through April 2023.

Shell attributed some of these emissions to malfunctions and anticipates additional exceedances of its 12-month total emission limitations during the commissioning phase into autumn 2023, but not during normal operations.

In addition to emission limit violations, DEP cited Shell for flaring violations from June 2022 through April 2023, malodor violations from its wastewater treatment plant in January, February, and April 2023, and other violations from July 2022 through April 2023.

The COA requires Shell to obtain approvals to repair its totally enclosed ground flares, requires an engineering evaluation on the efficacy of pollution controls, and requires Shell to obtain approvals to install any additional controls.

Shell will also continue to report emissions from the facility on a monthly basis.

On March 25, 2023 Shell suspended ethylene and polyethylene production to make repairs and perform maintenance.

Results of a recent simulations showed that adequate steam can be provided to the elevated flare prior to restarting operations in order to prevent unlawful smoke emissions. The COA requires the situation be monitored and requires Shell to renew the compliance guarantee monthly until the flares are repaired.

A detailed simulation report on the steam system is also required by the COA.


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