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  • Refinery agrees to limit pollution to comply with Clean Air Act

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s (MPC) compliance to reduce air pollution from all six of the company’s refineries as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, reports The Wall Street Journal.

    The company will invest in new pollution control technology for combustion devices, known as flares, to reduce the volume of waste gases. Marathon’s headquarters in Findlay, Ohio will also pay a civil penalty of $460,000.

    Marathon installed control technology that, between 2008 and 2011 alone, reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by 4,720 tons and eliminated approximately 110 tons of hazardous air pollutants from the surrounding environment. Moving ahead, the new requirements would  reduce pollution levels even further.

    According to the EPA, HAPs or toxic air pollutants are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. In addition, they may cause birth defects and other adverse environmental conditions. Homeowners concerned about the impact a refinery can have should invest in a home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas can control the presence of chemicals and gases that can enter the home and prevent long-term exposure to dangerous toxins.

  • County in Colorado expands air pollution monitoring efforts

    The Post Independent recently reported Garfield County commissioners tentatively agreed to expand the area's air quality monitoring efforts, paying particular attention to oil and gas activity in the Parachute and Battlement Mesa area. The plan includes the purchase of a mobile air monitoring station, which costs approximately $110,000.

    The county already spends an estimated $172,000 annually to monitor and record air pollution levels. The new unit, which will test for a wider variety of compounds, will add another $62,000 to that cost, according to the news source. The goal of the initiative it to track how much pollution comes from oil and gas development in the region by establishing a baseline before proposed industry moves into the area.

    "One of the goals here is to not use fear, and to have good information instead of reacting to the pressures of politics," Commission Chairman John Martin said at the work session.

    Homeowners in the area who are concerned about the effects of nearby oil and gas refineries or stations can invest in a high-quality home air purifier. The IQAir GC MultiGas protects your family by controlling the presence of chemicals and gases indoors as well as addressing odors like second hand smoke, cooking and pet smells.

  • Proposed compressor station could negatively impact air quality in Pennsylvania

    A proposed compressor station in Frazer, could add further air quality issues to the state of Pennsylvania. With 385 stations already in place, the machinery used to compress and move gas through pipelines releases air pollutants that compound the state's demanding ozone problem, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

    "By itself, this compressor station is a relatively, truly minor source of pollution," Jim Thompson, manager of Allegheny County's Air Quality Program, which is studying a permit application for a compressor station in Frazer, told the news source. "That's the whole problem with Marcellus shale. By themselves, they're relatively insignificant. But when you put them all together, then you may have a very large effect."

    Air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides mix with the atmosphere and create irritants that can damage lung tissue and lead to respiratory diseases and asthma, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Homeowners concerned about the effects of air pollutants may wish to invest in the IQ Air GC MultiGas. Home air purifiers such as this one control chemicals and gases present in a house to improve the overall air quality of the space. 

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