Corpus Christi Caller Times – Judge to consider dispute over Flint Hills permit

A refinery row resident testified Tuesday before an administrative law judge that emissions from Flint Hills Resources’ West Plant might have affected his now-damaged lungs. The judge must now determine if the resident has a standing in the refinery’s quest for a consolidation permit.

James C. Miller gave a statement before Judge Thomas H. Walston during the preliminary hearing in the case of the refinery’s request to consolidate several existing air permits into one. Miller opposes the consolidation because it would allow some units to release more emissions into the atmosphere.

The consolidation permit, filed with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality on Aug. 9, 2006, would allow Flint Hills to upgrade equipment and install controls to reduce nitrogen oxide, a process that increases emissions of carbon monoxide.

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