BP To Spend $650 million on Pollution Control

EPA finalized an agreement with BP Amoco to resolve Clean Air Act violations at\r\neight refineries owned by BP Amoco and Arco.

EPA finalized an agreement with BP Amoco, the nation''s second largest petroleum refinery, to resolve Clean Air Act violations at eight refineries owned by BP Amoco and Arco.

Under the agreement BP Amoco is expected to reduce air emissions from its eight refineries by more than 40,000 tons per year as well as spend $650 million to install up-to-date pollution control equipment.

In addition, BP Amoco will pay a $10 million penalty to settle the Clean Air Act violations.

The measures will apply to refineries in Indiana, Ohio, Texas, Virginia, North Dakota, Utah, California and Washington, according to EPA.

In addition to the installation of pollution control technologies, BP Amoco will implement comprehensive, facility-wide, enhanced monitoring and fugitive emissions control programs; employ improved engineering practices to eliminate excess flaring of hydrogen sulfide; undertake measures to ensure that carbon monoxide emissions from its process units meet requirements; and monitor incinerator performance.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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