Wood River Refinery Reaches Settlement with Illinois AG

The Telegraph, November 1, 2016

This week the Illinois Attorney General's office announced they had reached a settlement with Phillips66, ConocoPhillips, and WRB Refining stemming from complaints that the 166,000 bpd refinery was dumping wastewater into the Mississippi River containing excessive levels of contaminents.  As part of the settlement, new pollution controls will be installed at the facility, including a disinfection system and a desalter brine pre-treatment system for wastewater. 

The refinery released a statement about the agreement Monday afternoon.

According to a statement released by the refinery on Monday, “Phillips 66 is committed to safe and environmentally sustainable operation of the Wood River Refinery. The refinery has worked cooperatively with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Illinois EPA on this settlement agreement. The agreement identifies and acknowledges the improvements the refinery has already made to improve the refinery’s wastewater treatment performance, as well as outlines additional investments the refinery is committed to implement which will make the refinery’s wastewater treatment system capabilities even more robust.

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