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Federal Government Reaches Agreement To Improve Detroit Air Quality

Jun 10, 2016

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department say an agreement has been reached with Marathon Petroleum to reduce air pollution from a Detroit refinery.  

The EPA says Thursday that the deal also calls for reductions in air pollution from refineries in four other states outside Michigan.

Marathon will spend about $6 million to shut down a flare at the Detroit refinery's fence line.  Marathon says Thursday that it will build piping to safely shut down the flare.  Flares are mechanical devices -- ordinarily elevated -- that are used to combust waste gases.

The company also will spend $36 million to install systems that capture and recycle gases that otherwise would be sent to flares.

Marathon will spend another $283 million at facilities in Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio. 

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