BP says pollutant-monitoring website will include info on health effects

2014-02-13T15:21:00Z 2014-02-13T22:27:06Z BP says pollutant-monitoring website will include info on health effectsDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
February 13, 2014 3:21 pm  • 

BP's new website monitoring emissions will be operational by summer, Director of Media Relations Scott Dean said.

In a consent decree filed in U.S. District Court in Hammond in May 2012, BP reached an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to pay more than $400 million to upgrade Whiting Refinery and $8 million in fines to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act.

A pollutant-monitoring system that will analyze potentially harmful emissions around the perimeter of the refinery in Whiting is part of those upgrades.

"BP is in the process of designing the Fence Line Monitor website and is evaluating how to best include information on health effects and ambient air limits," Dean said.

The website will display data from two separate ambient air monitoring systems: four fixed-site monitors and four ultraviolet open-path monitoring sites. Data from the fixed-site monitors will be available on May 6 and from the open-path monitors on June 20, Dean said.

Dean said the fixed sites will monitor hourly average concentrations of benzene, toluene, pentane, hexane, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide and reduced sulfur compounds. The UV open-path monitors will measure hourly average concentrations of benzene, toluene, xylene, ozone, carbon disulfide, and sulfur dioxide. The website will also display wind speed and wind direction measured at the four fixed sites.

BP will also post quarterly Continuous Emission Monitoring System reports on the website. Those reports are submitted to IDEM as part of  the company's Title V air permit requirements. The site will also link to IDEM and EPA sites.

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