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EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Corpus Christi-Area Facility

Release Date: 05/29/2014
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or

EPA Finalizes Greenhouse Gas Permit for Corpus Christi-Area Facility

DALLAS – (May 29, 2014) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued a final greenhouse gas (GHG) Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) construction permit to Flint Hills Resources in Corpus Christi, TX, to modify an existing petroleum refinery.

Flint Hills will also modify equipment to allow their West Refinery facility increase capacity to process domestic crude oil. Modifying the facility will employ up to 2,000 people, with 36 permanent employees expected. The permit became effective immediately upon signature.

In June 2010, EPA finalized national GHG regulations, which specify that beginning on January 2, 2011, projects that increase GHG emissions substantially will require an air permit.

EPA believes states are best equipped to run GHG air permitting programs. Texas is working with EPA to replace a federal implementation plan with its own state program, which will eliminate the need for businesses to seek air permits from EPA. This action will increase efficiency and allow for industry to continue to grow in Texas.

EPA has finalized 39 GHG permits in Texas, proposed an additional 10 permits, and currently has over
22 additional GHG permit applications under review and permit development in Texas.

For all of the latest information on GHG permits in Texas please visit:

This month EPA is raising awareness and focusing efforts to improve the lives of children and families with asthma. Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease that affects the quality of life for millions of Americans, disproportionately in low income and minority families. More information on efforts to combat asthma disparities:

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