US EPA revokes license for Phillips-Trafigura Bluewater offshore terminal

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Sept 2 (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revoked Bluewater Texas Terminal’s pollution control permit, according to a letter sent by the EPA to the offshore oil terminal, following objections from environmental groups.

The terminal, jointly developed by refiner Phillips 66 (PSX.N) and commodities trader Trafigura, applied for a Clean Air Act permit in 2019 and received an EPA pollution control license in November 2020 that allowed it to operate. emit nearly 19,000 tonnes of pollutants per year

Environmental groups had urged the agency to amend the permit to include reducing pollutants by Bluewater, which is located on the Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi, by at least 95%.

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The EPA revoked the permit on Thursday and has now ordered the company to withdraw its applications by September 15 and submit a revised proposal that meets pollution control standards, according to the letter seen by Reuters.

Enforcing the rules will reduce pollution from the Bluewater Terminal by 18,000 tonnes a year, said Gabriel Clark-Leach, a lawyer with the Environmental Integrity Project, one of the groups opposing the permit.

In a letter sent to the EPA, the groups had argued that pollution from the terminal’s offshore infrastructure poses risks to minority and low-income communities.

Phillips 66 said it was reviewing the EPA’s letter while Trafigura did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Reuters.

The terminal has the potential to export up to 384 million barrels of crude oil per year on large tankers.

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Reporting by Rithika Krishna in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Vinay Dwivedi

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