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Prosecutors ask $197M fine for CITGO in 2006 spill

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LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine CITGO Petroleum Corp. at least $197 million in a Clean Water Act enforcement lawsuit filed in a 2006 oil spill at the company's Lake Charles refinery.
    
The Advocate reports the Justice Department argued in court filings this month that the legal maximum penalty hovers around $232 million and an appropriate penalty for Houston-based Citgo should be no less than $197 million.
    
The case went to trial in 2011, but the penalty amount is back in play after the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year ordered U.S. District Judge Richard Haik to reconsider a $6 million penalty, giving more attention to the company's past environmental violations and its decision to delay upgrades.
    
No new court date has been set.

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