US EPA reaches clean air agreements with Valero, Sunoco

16 June 2005 20:40  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (CNI) --The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Thursday Clean Air Act settlements with petroleum refiners Valero and Sunoco that are expected to reduce harmful air emissions by more than 39,908 tonne/year from 18 refineries in eight states.

 

The states of Colorado, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma and Texas joined EPA in the settlement with Valero. The states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Oklahoma, and the city of Philadelphia joined the EPA in the settlement with Sunoco.

 

A consent decree filed today in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas will require Valero and Tesoro (purchaser of the former Valero Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, California) to spend more than $700m (Euro578.7m) to install and implement innovative emission control technologies at their refineries. Actions under this agreement are expected to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide (NOX) by more than 3,990 tonne/year and sulphur dioxide (SO2) by more than 14,519 tonne/year.

 

A consent decree filed today in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will require Sunoco to spend about $285m to install and implement control technologies to reduce emissions at its refineries. Actions under this agreement are expected to reduce NOX by more than 3,990 tonne/year and SO2 by more than 17,686 tonne/year.

 

The EPA said the settlements are part of its effort to reduce air emissions from refineries, which has brought 65% of domestic refining capacity into pollution reduction agreements. To date, EPA said, settlements under the initiative are reducing pollution at 76 refineries. Valero and Sunoco represent 15% of domestic refining capacity in the US.


By: Brian Ford
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