Vopak Terminal Deer Park reaches agreement on improved emission controls

June 14, 2017

Vopak Terminal Deer Park announced it has reached an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the US Department of Justice, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Attorney General regarding emissions controls at its Deer Park TX facility.

As part of the agreement (referred to as a consent decree) Vopak Terminal Deer Park is making a number of improvements to its facility, many of which are already underway. The consent decree is not an admission of liability but rather represents an agreement between Vopak Terminal Deer Park and government agencies on a range of new controls and processes.

"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," said David Carter, Deer Park terminal manager. "We are also committed to continuous improvement and look for ways each day to innovate in our operations and the way we do business."

As part of the consent decree, Vopak Terminal Deer Park is investing approximately $5 million in capital upgrades at its facility, including enhanced operations procedures and improved storage tank covers. The company is also investing in advanced technologies such as use of forward looking infrared (FLIR) optical gas imaging cameras.