BP eyes more chemical-scrubbing equipment for Indiana plant

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WHITING, Ind. — BP is considering spending millions of dollars for equipment to reduce pollution from its refinery in northwest Indiana three years after a $4.2 billion expansion and upgrade.

Refinery manager Don Porter tells The (Munster) Times (http://bit.ly/2aSsqt5 ) the facility is hoping to get approval to build a unit that removes unwanted chemicals such as sulfur, nitrogen, oxygen and halides from gasoline. BP installed one in late 2013, making it a top processor of heavy crude oil extracted from Canada’s tar sand deposits.

As part of a 2012 agreement with the EPA, BP also has installed a new dissolved nitrogen flotation unit in its wastewater treatment plant to remove dissolved organics in wastewater. That new unit recently had issues, resulting in a discharge of five times the allowed limit of total suspended solids of industrial waste.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.thetimesonline.com

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