The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a $5,075 fine against Flint Hills Resources last week, for unauthorized emissions released by the plant last January.

According to information provided by TCEQ, the release occurred on Jan. 23, 2008 and was discovered during a May 2008 records review.

On Jan. 23, 2008, the report stated, 701.3 pounds of nitrogen oxides were released when two isolation valves on the steam system were inadvertently closed during maintenance. The emissions reportedly occurred for three hours and 52 minutes at the Flint Hills Resources Corpus Christi West Plant, located on Suntide Road. The level of the emissions did not pose a threat to human health or the environment, the report noted.

As part of an agreement with TCEQ expediting the case, $1,015 of the penalty was deferred. The remaining $4,060 fine was paid to TCEQ by the company.

According to the TCEQ report, Flint Hills Resources implemented a training program in June 2008 to ensure that all personnel are adequately trained before they are allowed into the field.