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Ohio EPA Meeting about BP-Husky Air Pollution Permit Modification

The BP Husky Toledo refinery has submitted an application to modify its air pollution permit to voluntarily reduce its sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission limits on several process heaters and other emission units at the refinery.

Ohio EPA and Toledo Division of Environmental Services will hold a public information session and hearing on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, to explain the draft permit modification and accept public comments. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Lake Erie Center, 6200 Bayshore Road, Oregon.

The purpose of this permit is to temporarily reduce allowed SO2 emissions until replacements for two existing heaters and a new coker gas plant is constructed and functions appropriately under the Toledo Feed Optimization (TFO) project.

The company is requesting the reduced SO2 emissions limit as part of the TFO project, which will enable the facility to refine high sulfur crude oil. Approval of the modification will ensure the project will not result in a significant increase in net emissions at any point in time while the project is implemented. The net reduction would be an interim limit, reducing allowable SO2 emissions to 207.5 tons per year, down from the current 1,926 tons per year limit.

Ohio EPA and TDES will accept written comments on the draft voluntary emission reduction permit through Dec. 17, 2012. Ohio EPA will take all public comments into consideration before deciding whether to issue or deny the permit.

To comment or receive information on the draft air permits, write to Peter Park, Toledo Division of Environmental Services, 348 South Erie St., Toledo, OH 43602, or fax comments to Peter Park at (419) 936-3936. The application and other related materials are available for review at TDES by calling (419) 936-3015. The draft permit is available online.

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