CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 23, 2015 -- CITGO Refining and Chemicals Company LP has reached a negotiated settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6 in connection with EPA’s inspection of the Corpus Christi Refinery under the EPA’s Clean Air Act Section 112(r) Risk Management Program (RMP) in June 2012.

Under the terms of the final negotiated Consent Agreement and Final Order (CAFO), CITGO does not admit any of the allegations but has agreed to a civil penalty payment of $266,370 within 30 days of entry of the CAFO to avoid further litigation with the agency.

CITGO has also agreed to perform a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) which involves procuring emergency response equipment for the Corpus Christi Fire Department worth no less than $117,000.  This project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an administrative enforcement action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce federal laws.

Throughout the process, CITGO has cooperated fully with EPA and will continue to implement programs that are protective of its employees, the public and the environment.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit