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  1. Oil and Gas News: Air pollution reduction settlement reached for 6 refineries

    In this April 2, 2010, file photo, a Tesoro Corp. refinery, including a gas flare flame that is part normal plant operations in Anacortes, Wash. The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, July 18, 2016, announced a $425 million settlement with Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West. The agreement with Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining resolves alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act and requires installment of new equipment to control emissions. It covers five refineries that Tesoro operates in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, North Dakota; and Martinez, California. It also covers Tesoro's former refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii, which is now owned by Par Hawaii Refining Under the consent decree, the companies will spend about $403 million to install equipment to control carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other emissions at the refineries that process crude oil into gasoline, diesel fuel and other products. Federal officials say the settlement will improve air quality for people and the environment because the installed equipment will reduce pollutants, including an estimated 47,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually. Leaks, flares and excess emissions from the refineries emit dangerous air pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, and seriously harm the environment, the officials said. Tesoro will also spend about $12 million on three environmental improvement projects, including $1 million to replace old diesel school buses with new buses powered by natural gas in Contra Costa County, California. The San Antonio, Texas, company will also pay a $10.5 million civil penalty. The settlement "provides important reductions of harmful air pollution in communities facing environmental and health challenges," said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden of the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. Tesoro said in a statement Monday that it agreed to settle the case by making the investments to reduce emissions but did not admit any violations. The company added that most of the projects to reduce emissions have been completed or are in progress, with about $75 million of work left to do after the end of this year. "We are dedicated to operating in a safe and responsible manner that reduces the impact on the environment," said Keith Casey, Tesoro's executive vice president of operations. Par Pacific Holdings Inc., the parent company of Par Hawaii Refining, said the alleged violations occurred before it acquired the refinery from Tesoro in September 2013. In a statement, Par Pacific said Tesoro will reimburse it for capital expenditures and fines related to the consent decree. The agreement was filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, along with the complaint filed by the federal government, the states of Hawaii and Alaska and the Northwest Clean Air Agency that regulates air quality in northwestern Washington state. The states will get $2.4 million of the $10.5 million penalty, with the rest going to the federal government. In addition to the new school buses, Tesoro will also install infrared cameras at four refineries to detect leaks and spend about $11 million to install equipment on a furnace at its Salt Lake City refinery to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

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    Tue, 19 Jul 2016

  2. ADA-ES to supply coal-fired emission control systems

    ADA-ES Inc. was awarded an $8.5 million contract from an unnamed air pollution equipment company to supply activated carbon injection and dry sorbent injection systems for installation at two coal-fired power plants.

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    Fri, 8 Mar 2013

  3. Energy Research News: Report links 6.5 million deaths worldwide to air pollution

    Each year about 6.5 million deaths worldwide are linked to air pollution , a number that could grow in coming decades unless the energy sector steps up its efforts to slash emissions, the International Energy Agency warned Monday.

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016

  4. EPA Finalizes Updated CSAPR

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its updated Cross-State Air Pollution Rule set to be implemented in May 2017.

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    Thu, 8 Sep 2016

  1. Alstom wins two orders for air pollution control systems in France for over €230m

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    Fri, 2 Apr 2004

  2. Fuel Tech wins air pollution control orders for coal-fired units in the US, industrial unit in China

    Fuel Tech, Inc., a world leader in advanced engineering solutions for combustion and emissions control systems for utility and industrial applications, announced receipt of multiple air pollution control orders totaling $6.0 million.

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    Mon, 21 Nov 2011

  3. Siemens acquires Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control

    Siemens Power Generation has expanded its business portfolio by acquiring Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control , Inc., a leader in the design and supply of air pollution reduction products and solutions for the coal-fired power and industrial markets.

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    Thu, 6 Oct 2005

  4. Clyde Bergemann unit secures air pollution control contract

    NRG Energy has authorized Clyde Bergemann EEC to proceed with engineering and procurement for air pollution control systems at its Huntley and Dunkirk stations in New York.

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    Wed, 21 Mar 2007

  5. Waste-to-energy electricity generation concentrated in Florida and Northeast

    At the end of 2015, the United States had 71 waste-to-energy (WTE) plants that generated electricity in 20 U.S. states, with a total generating capacity of 2.3 gigawatts. 

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    Fri, 8 Apr 2016

  6. Oil and Gas News: Deal made to fix coal plant's wastewater ponds by 2022

    The owners of the Colstrip power plant in southeastern Montana signed an agreement Thursday to stop pouring coal sludge and other liquid waste into storage ponds that leak enough contaminated water to nearly fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool every day.

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    Fri, 22 Jul 2016

  7. Alstom wins pollution control order in Lithuania

    Alstom is to supply flue gas desulphurization equipment to the Elektrenai power plant in eastern Lithuania near the capital, Vilnius.

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2005

  8. Alstom wins air pollution control order in India

    Alstom has received an order from Bharat Aluminium Co. Ltd. (BALCO) in India to supply emission control systems for their aluminium smelter plant. The new system will help BALCO meet the strict emission limits in force. The order is valued at about EUR22 million.

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    Fri, 10 Oct 2003

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