BP Agrees to More Than $400 Million in Pollution Controls at Whiting Refinery
Thursday, May 24, 2012
BP agreed to a wide range of pollution controls at its Whiting, IN refinery in a consent decree filed in federal court Wednesday. The agreement stems from lawsuits filed by citizen groups and from findings by the US EPA over the plant’s tar sands expansion permits.
The pollution controls in the agreement include precedent-setting standards for the refinery’s flares, as well as monitoring of air pollution which which will be published online weekly and made accessible to the public. BP also will invest significantly in energy efficiency projects at the plant. Additionally, the negotiations resulted in BP agreeing to establish a $500,000 fund to be used by local municipalities to retrofit diesel vehicles, further cutting air pollution in Northwest Indiana and assisting local governments.
For more read this story from the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana.