Posted: Oct 25, 2012 7:04 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2012 7:04 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A federal court is looking for Corpus Christi residents who lived near Citgo's East plant and believe they may have been affected by chemicals released from the plant.
In 2007, Citgo was convicted of illegally operating two large storage tanks between January 1994 and May 2003. The court ruled that benzene fumes from the tank posed a health risk to residents. Officials believe residents living in the Hillcrest and Oak Park neighborhoods at the time were impacted the most.
The case is now in the sentencing phase. In late September a judge gave officials 40 days to reach out to potential victims. Three community meetings are being held this week to find potential victims in the case.
Members from various federal agencies will be at these meetings to help possible victims fill out paperwork and drop off statements. The Environmental Protection Agency is asking that anyone who has a question about the case to attend one of the workshops.
Residents seeking payment for financial losses or health care reimbursement will need to bring any documentation they have. For those who can't attend a workshop, but want to drop off a statement, can do so in person.
The first session happened today at the Oveal Williams Senior Living Center. Two more sessions will be held at the same location from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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