By BEN LEFEBVRE
HOUSTON -- BP agreed to add $400 million in pollution
controls at its refinery in Whiting, Ind., to settle
federal objections to the expanded plant receiving an air
permit, the company said Wednesday.
State and federal regulators including the US Environmental Protection Agency and
the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and environmental groups had sought to
deny BP a revised air emissions permit as the company
finishes its multi-billion-dollar expansion.
The project, started in 2008, will boost
the refinery's fuel output and increase
its use of heavy crude from Canadian oil sands.
As part of the settlement, BP will install emissions-reduction equipment and
pay a further $8 million in civil fines to cover 11 years worth
of allegations of air emission violations.
"We look forward to completion of the modernization project," said Whiting refinery
manager Nick Spencer.
Environmental groups had complained that the plant emitted
more pollutants than what was allowed under its original
The EPA estimated that the new controls BP agreed to install
will eliminate more than 4,000 tons of regulated pollutants
The Whiting refinery is the sixth largest in the
US, with a capacity of 405,000 bpd.
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