Employees of Flint Hills Resources extended their string of consecutive days without a lost-time injury to 2,921 - eight years - on Dec. 23.

"Employees recognize the critical role safety plays in our daily operations," Richard Harris, vice president and manufacturing manager for Flint Hills Resources, said. "I am proud to work with such dedicated employees who come to work each day with a focus on operating the complex in a way that keeps everyone safe and adds value to our customers."

Both the East and West plants within the Corpus Christi refining complex have earned STAR certification in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Programs - its top workplace safety designation. Because of its continued safety performance, the complex was re-certified earlier this year. The original certification was earned in 2000.

Employees have also received the gold, merit and safety achievement awards from the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association for their outstanding safety performance.

"We believe that our ability to work safely directly contributes to our overall performance," Harris said. "Our employees own our safety performance - and also commit the same dedication to working in an environmentally responsible manner as well.

"Earlier this year, we completed 191 consecutive days with no environmental reportable releases, a plant record."

Flare time at the Corpus Christi West Plant has been reduced nearly 90 percent since 1999 and is currently continuing a streak of 117 days without flaring. The Pollution Prevention Partnership and the Corpus Christi Air Quality Group and the Texas Commission have recognized that streak of reducing emissions and ozone production on Environmental Quality.

Since 1997, the Corpus Christi refinery operations have reduced emissions of commonly regulated substances by 52 percent, on a per-barrel of refining capacity basis, based on the most recent publicly available data.