Shell Chemical LP has agreed to pay $500,000 to a Texas County over five different air pollution events at its Deer Park refinery.
The settlement announced Tuesday was reached after Harris County accused Shell Chemical, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell PLC, of failing to notify officials about the toxic releases. There are two schools and many homes close to the refinery in suburban Houston.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan says he's pleased Shell agreed to notify officials within 24 hours of any chemical releases. The law already requires petrochemical companies to notify the county, but Shell apparently failed to do so in five events between 2008 and 2010.
Shell released a statement saying the company disputes those claims but settled to resolve the matter.