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BP REFINERY-REPORT
(2007-09-05)
(wgvu) - A REPORT SUGGESTS THAT BP COULD KEEP THE
POLLUTION DISCHARGES AT ITS WHITING REFINERY AT CURRENT LEVELS EVEN
AFTER THE PLANT'S EXPANSION BY SPENDING A RELATIVELY SMALL SUM TO
ADD NEW TECHNOLOGIES.
THE CITY OF CHICAGO COMMISSIONED A CALIFORNIA-BASED ENGINEERING
FIRM TO REVIEW THE NEARLY FOUR BILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION PROJECT.
THE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT BP COULD UPGRADE THE REFINERY'S
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT FOR LESS THAN 40 MILLION DOLLARS WITH
EQUIPMENT USED AT OTHER REFINERIES TO SIGNIFICANTLY CUT DISCHARGES
INTO LAKE MICHIGAN.
LAST MONTH, BP SAID THE REFINERY WOULD STAY WITHIN THE LIMITS
SET IN ITS PREVIOUS PERMIT, BUT WARNED THE DECISION COULD
JEOPARDIZE EXPANSION PLANS.
A BP SPOKESWOMAN DECLINED TO COMMENT ON THE REPORT.

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