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ConocoPhillips' expansion in limbo after challenge to permit upheld
She asserted that the company's intention all along has been to reduce emissions and produce cleaner burning gasoline.
The decision sends ConocoPhillips and the Illinois EPA, which had granted the permits, back to the drawing board. Additional hearings will have to be held to get the permit approved. Alexander said the company will have to address the issue of the best technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
The state agency has no standards for carbon dioxide emissions during flaring, but the environmental groups claimed they should. EPA appeals panel that statutory and case law supports their claim that the state should require the best technology available in reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
Erker said her company is reviewing the complex case to determine where it will go from here. The company wants to comply with the law, she said.
has a number of positive impacts to the area. Not only will the project provide employment to the area, but it will also increase the availability of clean gasoline and diesel in the Midwest region by 3 million gallons a day, an approximate 3 percent increase in supply," she said.
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refinery would have harmed the health of everyone in the region," said attorney Ann Alexander of the Environmental Defense Council, the lead attorney for the environmental groups challenging the permit.
However, Melissa Erker, a spokeswoman for the refiner's facility in Roxana, said the company did everything its officials thought was right in obtaining a permit under the Clean Air Act and will continue to seek to correct the regulatory problems.
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EPA decision to send ConocoPhillips' plans for a huge expansion of its Wood River Refinery back to the drawing board.
"We look forward to continuing to work with all regulatory agencies to resolve all remaining issues and secure final approval of the air permit," she said.
A big part of the dispute is a difference between the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's view of carbon dioxide emissions during "flaring," a process in which waste gases from Omega Speedmaster Watch Price
"ConocoPhillips is installing state of the art pollution control technology at the refinery that will significantly reduce air emissions, including a 95 percent reduction in sulfur dioxide and a 25 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides. This advanced technology Omega Gold Watch Straps pollution control equipment will be installed as part of the expansion project," Erker said.
"At a time of record oil profits, this decision ensures ConocoPhillips will invest in protections for the surrounding communities, rather than pushing the cost of pollution onto taxpayers in the form of respiratory illness, hospital bills and lost time at work," she said.
the refining process are burned.
The plaintiffs cited the type of flaring equipment required in California as the example of the best technology available. The state EPA should have allowed public comment on that subject, they argued.
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