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    Speedway SuperAmerica Promotes Air Quality

    Stage I vapor recovery equipment to be installed at convenience stores in the Twin Cities.

    FINDLAY, Ohio -- Speedway SuperAmerica LLC (SSA) is initiating steps to reduce air emissions in Minnesota.

    The oil company, a subsidiary of Marathon Ashland Petroleum LLC will have Stage I vapor recovery equipment installed at approximately 110 convenience stores in the Minneapolis and St. Paul markets by the end 2002.

    "We are proud to join the MPCA in this voluntary Stage I Vapor Recovery program, helping to improve Minnesota's air quality," said Ron Becker, SSA president. "SSA is committed to making a difference in the communities in which it operates. We look forward to partnering with the agency to protect the environment and the health and safety of our employees and the public."

    Stage I controls prevent gasoline vapors from discharging into the air when delivery trucks refill service station storage tanks. Underground tanks are retrofitted with Stage I controls, which include piping that returns the vapors to the delivery truck. The trucks return the vapors to the terminal where they are recovered as gasoline.

    As part of MAP's program, its refinery in St. Paul Park is already manufacturing gasoline with less benzene, which decreases emissions and improves the air quality. MAP's Terminal & Transport group have installed all necessary Stage I vapor control equipment to capture emissions at the St. Paul Park terminal and on all MAP transport trucks.

    SSA operates more than 2,050 stores located in 13 states.

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