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Oil refiners agree to reduce pollution

BP Amoco and Koch Petroleum Group have reached agreements with EPA and the U.S. Justice Department to invest almost $600 million to eliminate nearly 60,000 tons of air pollution annually.

BP Amoco is expected to spend more than $500 million on pollution control technologies and work practices at nine facilities to reduce all emission sources — from stacks, leaking valves, wastewater vents and flares. Koch Petroleum Group will invest up to $80 million at three refineries to reach the same goals.

BP Amoco also agreed to pay a $10 million penalty and Koch agreed to pay a $4.5 million penalty. In return, EPA has offered a "clean slate" for certain past violation, according to a statement issued by the agency.

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