04 Oct '11, 9am

Koch Brothers "Secret Sins" Exposed In Bloomberg News Investigation

At a Koch Refining Co. petroleum refining plant in Corpus Christi, TX , this subsidiary of Koch Industries was emitting 91 metric tons of uncontrolled benzene into the air, a known carcinogen . Sally Barnes-Soliz, former refinery manager and current investigator for the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries , was the person assigned to tally the benzene emissions. After she discovered these figures in 1996, Koch Refining Co. falsified figures in documents, reporting to Texas regulators that they had only emitted .61 metric tons of benzene into the air, or 1/149th the quantity Barnes-Soliz had found. Peeved at the falsification, Barnes-Soliz reported this to Texas state regulators, after which Koch Refining Co. proceeded to fire her. "Koch stripped her of her responsibilities and moved her to an empty office with no tasks and no e-mail access, she says. She le...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/koch-brothers-secret-sins-expos...

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