Exxon Mobile OKs $571M refinery upgrade

Oct. 11, 2005 at 3:01 PM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed Tuesday to spend about $571 million to resolve air pollution disputes with U.S. officials.

Under terms of its agreement with the Justice Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, Exxon Mobil will modify seven refineries to cut by more than 53,000 tons its yearly emissions.

Emissions of nitrogen oxide will be reduced by nearly 11,000 tons per year and sulfur dioxide by more than 42,000 tons per year. Also, the company will upgrade its leak detection and repair practices, minimize flaring of hazardous gases, reduce emissions from its sulfur recovery plants and adopt strategies to ensure the proper handling of hazardous benzene wastes at each refinery.

Exxon Mobil has estimated that the capital cost of the injunctive relief program will be about $571 million.

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