Judge approves multimillion-dollar fine for La. refinery

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Posted: Dec 16, 2011 8:47 AM
Updated: Dec 16, 2011 8:47 AM
Source: Associated Press

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LAFAYETTE - The U.S. Justice Department has slapped Louisiana with the largest criminal fine the state has ever received for violating the Clean Air Act.

A federal judge approved Thursday a $10 million fine and an additional $2 million in community service payments to be paid by the Pelican Refining Company LLC.

In October, the Texas-based company pleaded guilty to felony violations of the act and obstruction of justice.

The Justice Department says that Pelican has admitted to several violations at its Lake Charles refinery, including the usage of required equipment that was faulty or poorly maintained.

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