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EPA backs BP dumping - Lake will get more pollution (August 2007)
As part of a $3 billion expansion of its Whiting, Ind., refinery, the nation's fourth largest, BP won permission to release more ammonia and suspended solids into the lake. Indiana regulators also gave BP until 2012 to meet a stringent federal standard for mercury pollution set by the EPA in 1995.
Even though the federal government has been pushing for more than three decades to eliminate pollution in the Great Lakes, the EPA did not object to the BP permit.
BP: 'We share concerns about benzene' (June 2009)
Under the Clean Air Act, BP is required to manage and treat benzene waste from its wastewater treatment plant. But not all emissions from the waste were controlled as required.
In 2008, BP totaled 95 tons of benzene waste — nearly 16 times the amount allowed, according to the EPA. Similar violations took place between 2003 and 2008.
BP self-disclosed the violations to the EPA in a required annual report for 2008 submitted on Feb. 10 this year. BP spokesman Scott Dean said BP discovered the problem when a third party audited the treatment plant in the fall as part of an effort to improve operations
BP enlisted scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the Purdue-Calumet Water Institute to come up with methods that company officials said could set a model for factories and sewage treatment plants throughout the Great Lakes region. But despite promising results from two options tested, a new draft permit from Indiana regulators allows BP to avoid installing the mercury-filtering equipment at the Whiting refinery.
Under the terms of an earlier decision by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the BP refinery can legally discharge an annual average of 23.1 parts per trillion of mercury — nearly 20 times the federal water quality standard for Great Lakes polluters. The proposed new permit would allow that special exemption to continue indefinitely.
Indiana gives BP a pass on mercury (June 2013) (Emphasis Added)
Allowing BP to skirt environmental laws helped clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion of the Whiting refinery that, when completed later this year, will upgrade the nation's seventh-largest refinery to process heavy Canadian crude oil from the tar sands region of Alberta. Indiana regulators justified the move in part by stating that the project will create thousands of construction jobs and 80 new refinery jobs.
A BP refinery has spilled an undetermined amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan in the US.
BP said a malfunction caused crude oil to enter the Whiting refinery's cooling water system, which discharges into the lake.
BP refinery leaks oil into Lake Michigan near Chicago (March 2014)
A few weeks ago, BP announced plans to increase its processing of crude oil at the Whiting refinery, as more oil is sent down from tar sands in Canada.
Why do we americans blame the government, made up of people the same as corporations for everything!!!!????
But we just keep licking the shoes of corporations like the brainwashed slaves we are.