EPA Scolds BP Refinery, Blames Renovation

Law360, New York (November 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- BP Plc was targeted Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly violating the Clean Air Act at a recently upgraded Indiana refinery.

The 410,000 barrel-per-day Whiting, Ind. facility upgraded its catalytic cracking unit in 2005 without first getting the necessary EPA permit, thereby triggering an outpouring of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and carbon monoxide, the EPA said.

The refinery also changed its safety flares without checking in with the EPA or abiding by its rules and in so doing topped federal sulfur...
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