Holly R&M settles Woods Cross refinery air pollution charges

Holly R&M settled federal air pollution charges involving its Woods Cross, Utah, refinery by agreeing to spend more than $17 million on new and upgraded pollution controls, the US DOJ and EPA reported.

Nick Snow
Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, May 1 -- Holly Refining & Marketing Co. settled federal air pollution charges involving its Woods Cross, Utah, refinery by agreeing to spend more than $17 million on new and upgraded pollution controls, the US Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency said on Apr. 21.

The Holly Corp. subsidiary also agreed to pay a $120,000 civil penalty that EPA and the state of Utah will share. It also will spend $130,000 on a supplemental environmental project to help fund the purchase of new emergency response equipment for the South Davis Metro Fire Agency, DOJ and EPA jointly announced.

They said that the settlement requires Holly to install pollution controls which will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 315 tons/year and nitrogen oxides by more than 105 tons/year. The new controls also will further reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds and particulate matter, the federal agencies said.

The consent decree, which was lodged in US District Court for Utah, is subject to a 30-day comment period and final approval by the federal court, DOJ and EPA said.

Holly acquired the refinery north of Salt Lake City from ConocoPhillips Co. in 2003 and increased its capacity in early 2005 to 26,000 b/d from 25,000 b/d, according to information at the company's web site.

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