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EPA Settlements Are Supposed to Hold Polluters Accountable

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Will Coronavirus Get Them off the Hook? This piece was originally published in Grist and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Over the years, Phillips 66 and Cenovus Energy, the companies that own the Wood River Refinery in Roxana, Illinois, have been sued by both the state and federal government for polluting the air and discharging toxic wastewater into the Mississippi River. In 2018, they settled one such lawsuit, agreeing to spend about $10 million to upgrade and monitor the refinery’s leaky vents, as well as an additional $500,000 to clean up low-income homes and buildings contaminated by lead in...

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