October 6, 2010

On September 29, 2010 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it had settled a matter involving clean air violations with Murphy Oil.  The violations relate to equipment changes and capacity upgrades that were completed at two refineries, one located in Superior, Wisconsin and another in Louisiana.

According to the EPA, Murphy expanded the refineries without first applying for required air emissions permits from federal and state authorities. Murphy agreed to pay a penalty of $1.25 million in penalties. The penalties will be split between the States of Wisconsin, Louisiana and the federal government. Murphy Oil has committed to spend $142 million on refinery upgrades designed to mitigate air emissions from the refineries.

The settlement, which is documented by a Consent Decree, requires Murphy to meet certain compliance schedules aimed at reducing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The Murphy Oil Consent Decree is one in a string of federal enforcement actions brought against refineries.

For more information about the Murphy Oil settlement please see:http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/180352/

A copy of the Consent Decree between the EPA and Murphy Oil is found at:http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/decrees/civil/mm/murphy-cd.pdf.

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