Monday, October 17, 2011

Koch Industries Pollution Poison

"Koch Industries" Pollution Poison

Koch Industries' Plant Pollutes Streams, Poisons Residents

“The Koch brothers are killing me and my family,” Norma Thompson says, surrounded by a collection of medicine and respirators. A long-time resident of Crossett, Arkansas, she and her neighbors suffer from an abnormally high rate of cancer, breathing problems and other health issues—which local leadership have traced to the rampant pollution emitted by Koch Industries' Georgia Pacific plant.
To learn more about the Koch brothers' abysmal environmental track record—and the "toxic cloud" they've created over Crossett—read Robert Greenwald's exposé here. You can contribute to Crossett's campaign against the Georgia Pacific plant here.

Koch Industries' Toxic Gifts to Wisconsin

May 19, 2011 – Koch Industries ranks in the "top ten" of the Toxic 100 list of the Political Economy Research Institute, which identifies the top U.S. air polluters ...

REPORT: How Koch Industries Makes Billions Corrupting ...

Mar 1, 2011 – Koch's Citizens for a Sound Economy front group ran ads claiming (Koch Industries created) particle pollution isn't harmful. One ad featured a ...

Cancer In The Water: Koch Industries Killing Arkansans - Blue ...

5 days ago – ... pollution being dumped into the local river by Georgia-Pacific, which is owned by Koch Industries. The video shows a water filled with toxic ...

Pollution and resource fines

In March 1999, Koch Petroleum Group, a Koch Industries subsidiary, pled guilty to charges that it had negligently dumped hundreds of thousands of gallons of aviation fuel into wetlands near the Mississippi River from its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had also illegally dumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground and into the Mississippi River. Koch Petroleum paid the Dakota County Park System a $6 million fine and $2 million in remediation costs, and was ordered to serve three years of probation.[32]

In 1999, a federal jury found that Koch Industries had stolen oil from government and American Indian lands, had lied about its purchases more than 24,000 times, and was fined $553,504.[33]

In January 2000, a Koch Industries subsidiary, Koch Pipeline, agreed to a $35 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department and the State of Texas. This settlement, including a $30 million civil fine, was incurred for the firm's three hundred oil spills in Texas and five other states going back to 1990.[34][35][36] The spills resulted in more than 3 million US gallons (11,000 m3) of crude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.[37]

In 2001, the company reached two settlements with the government. In April, the company reached a $20 million settlement in exchange for admitting to covering up environmental violations at its refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas.[38][39] That May, Koch Industries paid $25 million to the federal government to settle a federal lawsuit that found the company had improperly taken more oil than it had paid for from federal and Indian land.[33][40]

In June 2003, the US Commerce Department fined Koch Industries subsidiary Flint Hill Resources a $200,000 civil penalty. The fine settled charges that the company exported crude petroleum from the US to Canada without proper US government authorization. The Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security said from July 1997 to March 1999, Koch Petroleum (later called Flint Hill Resources) committed 40 violations of Export Administration Regulations.[41]

In 2006, Koch Industries’ subsidiary Flint Hill Resources was fined nearly $16,000 by the EPA for 10 separate violations of the Clean Air Act at its Alaska oil refinery facilities, and required to spend another $60,000 on safety equipment needed to help prevent future violations.[42]

In 2007, Koch Nitrogen's plant in Enid, Oklahoma, was listed as the third highest company releasing toxic chemicals in Oklahoma, according to the EPA, ranking behind Perma-Fix Environmental Services in Tulsa and Weyerhaeuser Co. in Valliant.[43] The facility produces about 10% of the US national production of anhydrous ammonia, as well as urea and UAN.[44]

In 2010, Koch Industries was ranked 10th on the list of top US corporate air polluters, the “Toxic 100 Air Polluters,” by the Political Economic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[45]

The above list ($6M + $2M + $35M + $20M + $25M) totals $88 million, well below another list of EPA fines which are a matter of public record of 200 Million Dollars of fines.
Koch Industries had inside man at the EPA

The table below is taken from and shows EPA violations by Koch Industries and its subsidiaries dating back to 2001. The data is new to the site and allows access to information that was once hard to obtain.
Case Name Defendant Locations Amount
Invista S.A.R.L. (National Case) Invista S.A.R.L. La Porte, Tx and others $170,099,600
Invista S.A.R.L. (National Case) Invista S.a.r.l. Athens, Ga; Calhoun and others $48,978,944
Invista S.A.R.L (National Case) Invista S.a.r.l. Martinsville, Va; Seaford and others $24,672,736
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Admin Order On Consent (Cercla) Georgia-Pacific, LLC Kalamazoo, Mi $14,000,000
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Consent Decree Ou 2-Willow Boul Georgia Pacific Corp Kalamazoo, Mi $11,725,509
Koch Pipeline Company Koch Pipeline Company Algona, Ia $2,306,588
Allied Paper, Inc./Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River - Kalamazoo Mill And Hawthorne Georgia-pacific Corporation Kalamazoo, Mi $2,029,207
Flint Hills Resources Alaska, Llc Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC North Pole, Ak $2,000,000
Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, Lp Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products LP Milford, Nj $2,000,000
Colonial Pipeline Company Colonial Pipeline Company Winder, Ga $1,582,600
During the span of years that Clay held his position on the federal advisory committee, Koch Industries reported spending close to $32 million to influence multiple issues including the environment in 1998 and between 2006-2009, according to information obtained from lobbyist disclosure forms and displayed on TransparencyData.