Regulators clear two parcels at Marathon refinery for reuse

Nick Snow
Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug. 21 -- Two portions of Marathon Petroleum Co.'s refinery complex at Garyville, La., have been designated ready for reuse, federal and state environmental regulators jointly announced on Aug. 20.

A 4.5-acre land farm and a 10.2-acre land treatment unit which the Marathon Oil Corp. division used for land treatment of various refinery sludges from 1989 to 1998 received the designation, the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality said.

Marathon's successful completion of investigation and risk management activities have made conditions at the sites protective of human health and the environment based on their current and planned uses, officials of the two agencies said during an Aug. 20 ceremony at the plant. The properties adjoin processing and utility facilities, they noted.

"Marathon has demonstrated that a clean environment is important to them. This ceremony is a testament to fine work many people put into cleaning up this land and getting it ready to be put back into commerce," Louisiana DEQ Assistant Secretary Lou Buatt said.

The sites will continue to be monitored in accordance with a DEQ hazardous waste post-closure permit, he indicated.

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