United Refining Fined $495,000

United Refining will pay a fine of nearly half a million dollars for violating its air quality permit at the company's refinery in Warren.

DEP cited United for frequently violating its permit emission limits, the most significant of these being the limit for sulfur dioxide. Continuous emission monitors at the facility indicated that United also exceeded emission limits for hydrogen sulfide and opacity from various sources.

The violations date back to May 2007, but United has since taken corrective actions.

DEP Regional Director Kelly Burch says, “In response to numerous emission violations, United has installed new equipment and software to improve its day-to-day emissions monitoring."

The $495,000 penalty will be paid into the state’s Clean Air Fund, which supports projects designed to improve air quality throughout the state.



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