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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In cooperation with a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) voluntary program, Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC's (MAP) wholly-owned retail unit, Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA), completed the installation of Stage I vapor recovery units at its 115 convenience stores in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market.
The project, expected to be completed in August 2003, was wrapped up 10 months in advance of the MPCA's requested date.
"Our participation in the Stage I program is another opportunity to support our promise to ongoing reductions of pollutants released from company facilities," said Ron Becker, president of Speedway SuperAmerica. "Getting the job done earlier than scheduled demonstrates our commitment to the community."
As part of MAP's overall participation in the Stage I program, its terminal and transport group installed all necessary Stage I vapor control equipment at MAP's St. Paul Park terminal and on 91 MAP transport trucks. MAP has also completed training for more than 400 transport truck drivers.
Vapors collected in the transports during gasoline delivery at SuperAmerica convenience stores are returned to the terminal where they are recovered as gasoline, reducing emissions.
"We applaud the efforts of Speedway SuperAmerica and Marathon Ashland to complete Stage 1 vapor control. We are especially pleased that they are recycling harmful vapors and converting them to usable fuel. Speedway SuperAmerica and Marathon Ashland's actions demonstrate environmental leadership and strongly support the MPCA Action Plan to reduce mobile-source emissions from vehicles and related services," said John Hensel, principal engineer at the MPCA.
Speedway operates more than 2,050 stores located in 16 states and is owned 62 percent by Marathon Oil Co. and 38 percent by Ashland Inc.