Koch Industries’ Environmental Crimes

 Koch Industries Environmental Crimes

The Koch companies have a notorious environmentalrecord. According to Greenpeace, in the last 15 years they have amassedan impressive rap sheet that includes everything from environmentalviolations to negligence causing death.

In 2009, the US JusticeDepartment and the EPA announced that Koch Industries’ Invista subsidiary would pay a $1.7 million penalty and spend $500 millionto fix environmental violations at facilities in seven states.

In May 2001, Koch Industries paid $25 million to settle with the US Government for the company’slong-standing practice of illegally removing oil from federal and Indian lands.

In late 2000, the company was charged with covering upthe illegal releases of 91 tons of the known carcinogen benzene from its refinery in Corpus Christi. Koch eventually cut a deal withthen-Attorney General John Ashcroft to drop all major charges inexchange for a guilty plea for falsifying documents, and a $20 millionsettlement.

In 2000, the EPA fined Koch Industries $30 millionfor its role in 300 oil spills that resulted in more than three million gallons ofcrude oil leaking into ponds, lakes, streams and coastal waters.
In1999 a Koch subsidiary pleaded guilty to charges that it had negligentlyallowed aviation fuel to leak into waters near the Mississippi Riverfrom its refinery in Rosemount, Minnesota, and that it had illegallydumped a million gallons of high-ammonia wastewater onto the ground andinto the Mississippi.

In 1996, two people where burned alive intheir vehicle due to a poorly maintained Koch pipelinethat had leaked flammable butane into a residential Texas neighborhood.

Koch’s crimes are not limited to spills of oil, ammonia, aviation fuel,benzene, and butane. A recently released Greenpeace expose uncoveredKoch industries connections with climate denial front groups.

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