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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.