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PHILADELPHIA -- Sunoco Inc. is implementing environmental improvement projects at its refineries in Philadelphia; Marcus Hook, Pa.; Toledo, Ohio; and Tulsa, Okla. The improvements, which the company expects to cost approximately $275 million over a period of eight years, will reduce emissions of SO2 (sulfur dioxides) and NOx (nitrogen oxides) by approximately 78 percent.
These projects, which will involve the installation of state-of-the-art emission control technology, are part of a settlement reached last week with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Air Act. The EPA reached similar settlements with Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Petroleum Corp.
"Sunoco is proud of the steady progress that we have made in improving the safety, reliability and environmental integrity of our operations," said Joel H. Maness, senior vice president, refining and supply, for Sunoco, which has approximately 4,800 retail sites in addition to 900,000 barrels per day of refining capacity. "While our environmental stewardship has markedly improved over recent years, we have also been working diligently with EPA, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP), the City of Philadelphia Office of Air Management Services (AMS), the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on this settlement to create a long-term plan for significant and sustainable emissions reductions. These additional environmental improvement projects are closely aligned with Sunoco's internal management systems for operations excellence and will help ensure we achieve pacesetter performance in areas essential to the company's overall performance."