BP has committed to invest more than $400 million to reduce air pollution emissions produced by its Whiting refinery in northwest Indiana, reports the Chicago Tribune. The monetary dedication is part of an agreement the organization made to settle legal complaints about the abundance of air pollution the plant produced.
In addition to paying $400 million in new air pollution controls, BP will also pay a $8 million fine, reports the Associated Press. The new technology installments are expected to reduce harmful air pollution by approximately 4,000 tons a year.
The plant was a serious cause for concern. Located just 20 miles southeast of Chicago, the expanding industrial site was producing harmful pollutants that were being swept into the Windy City.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimated Chicago’s population at 2,695,598 in 2010, according to the most recent data available. Almost 3 million people were impacted by the air pollution produced by the nearby plant. The negative health impacts of poor air quality are greatly documented. Homeowners concerned about the lingering effects of pollution can invest in a home air purifier to reduce their long-term exposure.