A number of improvements are being made at Vopak Terminal Deer Park following an agreement with several federal agencies over its emissions.
The facility is investing $5 million in capital upgrades after it reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency, the US Department of Justice, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Attorney General.
The agreement (consent decree) is not an admission of liability but represents an agreement between the terminal and the government on a range of new controls and processes.
The upgrades include enhanced operations procedures and improved tank covers as well as investment in advanced technologies such as the usage of forward looking infrared optical gas imaging cameras.
David Carter, Deer Park terminal manager, says: ‘Vopak is committed to being a leader and responsible company in the communities where we operate and we are happy to cooperate with all governmental agencies to ensure that our facilities meet the highest regulatory standards.
‘We are also committed to continuous improvement and look for ways each day to innovate in our operations and the way we do business.’