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Vopak to reduce hazardous air pollution in Deer Park, Texas

Staff Writer |
The Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced an agreement with Vopak Terminal Deer Park Inc. and Vopak Logistics Services USA, Inc.

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That will improve air quality in the Houston area by strengthening air pollution controls and compliance with federal and state clean air laws at Vopak’s chemical storage terminal and wastewater treatment facility in Deer Park, Texas.

Under today’s agreement, which resolves alleged Clean Air Act violations at the Deer Park facility, Vopak will install state-of-the-art air pollution controls at the facility’s wastewater treatment system, and will use infrared cameras to detect harmful air pollution from the facility’s chemical storage tanks that would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

The company will also hire a third party auditor to improve how Vopak manages waste and evaluate its compliance with the agreement.

When fully operational, these measures will significantly cut emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants at Vopak’s bulk chemical storage terminal and wastewater treatment facility.

Vopak’s Deer Park facility is in Harris County, Texas, an area that is classified as non-attainment for ozone.

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