The Clean Air Act is a piece of legislation that is designed to improve the health of every American citizen through regulation of pollution and strict attention to air quality. Pelican Refining Company LLC, a Texas-based oil company operating in Louisiana, was found to be in violation of the Act and received its sentencing this month - a fine of $12 million for purposely causing the violations and attempting to cover up its wrongdoing.
The cost, a $10 million fine for criminal wrongdoing and an additional $2 million to be spent on community service-based environmental improvements, is the largest of its kind in Louisiana and is a good reminder that though much progress has been made in keeping the air clean and healthy, there is always room for improvement.
While the majority of companies take steps to comply with regulations, the upcoming tightening restrictions on the Clean Air Act may reveal that companies that value profits over public safety will do everything they can to avoid reducing their emissions at the expense of their bottom line.
Rather than waiting for those corporations to fall in line, protect your family from harmful pollutants now by investing in a medical-grade air purifier to keep the air in your home fresh and healthy.