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City of Corpus Christi, Texas to EPA

City of
Corpus Betty Jean Longoria
Christi Council Member District 1
September 27, 1995

Mr. Jon Kessler
XL Director
Office of Policy Analysis
Environmental Protection Agency
401 M. Street, SW Mail Code 5101
Washington, DC 20460

Dear Mr. Kessler:

I recently had a meeting with Mr. Chuck Cazalas of CITGO Petroleum Corporation who described a very innovative program they are considering initiating at their Corpus Christi Refinery. I believe the project meets the criteria of the Regulatory Reinvention XL Project that was recently announced by EPA Administrator, Carol Browner.

The project entails sophisticated computer modeling to track, control, and reduce NOx and CO emissions from fired sources such as boilers found throughout the refinery. The project's resulting technology could be transferred to virtually any other industry that uses boilers or furnaces. Most importantly, all testing to date indicates that this technology will help minimize ozone formation. As you may know, the City of Corpus Christi is struggling to stay on the EPA's "clean air list", and innovative methods to reduce ozone formation should be viewed very favorably.

Projects conducted under the XL Program will seek a streamlined approach to public health and environmental protection goals and the City of Corpus Christi will benefit. I understand that the EPA will soon consider and approve various types of projects under the Initiative. I support CITGO's plan and urge the agency to approve the proposal.

Thanks for your support and if you have any questions, please contact me at 241-4169.


Betty Jean Longoria
Council Member District 1

xc: Adolph Lechtenberger
Vice President-Manufacturing
Corpus Christi Refinery

Residence: 9534 Wilkins · Corpus Christi, TX 78410 · (512) 241-4169
P.O. Box 9277 · Corpus Christi, Texas 78469-9277 · (512) 880-3105

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