WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice announced that Marathon
Petroleum Co. will pay a $326,500 civil penalty, spend $15.55 million on
projects to reduce air pollution, and spend $319 million to install
state-of-the-art Flare Gas Recovery Systems (FGRSs) at its refineries.
“When companies like Marathon install state-of-the-art
pollution controls, they reduce air pollution in some of our most vulnerable
communities,” Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement
and Compliance Assurance, said. “By updating this agreement, we are furthering
our commitment to protect communities across the Southeast and the Midwest,
especially places like Detroit that are overburdened by pollution."
The money spent by the Ohio-based Marathon will help reduce
air pollution at refineries in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan and
Ohio. FGRSs, a major part of the deal, will capture and recycle gases.
“This agreement continues the significant pollution
reductions achieved under our earlier consent decree with Marathon in 2012,” John
C. Cruden, assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Environment
and Natural Resources Division, said.
“All five communities near these refineries will breathe cleaner air as
a result of this agreement and Detroit will see a reduction in flaring at the
refinery’s fence line.”