Sunoco on go for $200 Million Pollution Control Project

Sunoco Inc. has received state environmental permits that will allow the company to proceed with a $200 million project at its 160,000 barrel-per-day Ohio refinery.

The Philadelphia-based company plans to complete the installation of pollution controls and expand the refinery by mid-2008. Eighteen months in advance of an earlier projected date.

The tighter controls stem from an agreement Sunoco reached with the U.S. Department of Justice in June, 2005 to settle Clean Air Act violations dating to 1998. The Justice Department required the pollution controls as part of a $700 million package involving 14 refineries in six states, one of the largest ever negotiated by the government. Sunoco and two other companies were defendants

Sunoco operates refineries in Philadelphia, Westville, New Jersey, Marcus Hook, Pa., and Tulsa. The Philadelphia refinery is the company’s largest and has an oil distillation capacity of 335,000 barrels per day. The Tulsa facility has an 85,000 barrel-per-day capacity.

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