Big West Oil to spend $18m on refinery to settle US air violations

23 August 2013 20:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Big West Oil has agreed to spend about $18m (€13.5m) on emission controls and pay $175,000 in a civil penalty to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations at its North Salt Lake refinery in Utah, the US government announced on Friday.

Under the agreement, the emission controls would reduce about 158 tons/year (143 tonnes/year) of sulphur dioxide (SO2), 32 tons/year of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and 36 tons/year of particulate matter (PM), said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Big West Oil will also upgrade its leak detection and repair programme, which should reduce volatile and hazardous pollutants, such as benzene, the agencies said.

Additionally, Big West Oil will invest $253,000 on a supplemental environmental project to improve the monitoring and management of potential releases of hydrofluoric acid at the facility.

($1 = €0.75)

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