HOUSTON – A refinery in Pasadena is the subject of a federal
lawsuit from the Sierra Club and Environment America, Inc.
The suit, filed Mar. 2 in the Houston Division of the
Southern District of Texas, claims that Pasadena Refining System, Inc. owns and
operates a petroleum facility rife with violations triggered by air pollutants
on Pasadena’s north side.
Sierra Club and Environment America, doing business as
Environment Texas, assert the emissions in question violate the Clean Air
Act-mandated permits issued to the defendant by the Texas Commission on
“PRSI’s violations include emissions of particulate matter,
sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic
compounds in excess of numeric emission limits contained in its permits,” the
Per the original petition, the refinery, located at 111 Red
Bluff Rd., is adjacent to a residential area and a school, and was the site of
the purported four incidents:
A fire on Sept. 30, 2011
A fire on Dec. 10, 2011
An explosion on Mar. 5, 2016
A chemical release on July 25, 2016
Individuals who live and work in the vicinity of the
refinery allege the respondent’s activities have caused them to modify their
behavior, the suit says.
Consequently, the complainants seek unspecified monetary
Attorney Philip H. Hilder of the law firm Hilder &
Associates, P.C. in Houston serves as their lead counsel.
Houston Division of the Southern Division of
Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-0660