Marathon Reworking Emissions Request For Detroit Refinery

DETROIT (AP) — The city of Detroit's administration says Marathon Petroleum Corp. is reworking an emissions request for a Detroit refinery, promising a lower level of pollutants and spending $10 million to get there.

The Detroit News reports Marathon on Monday was readying to give its amended request to state regulators following backlash in public meetings against the refinery's attempt to get approvals to release more sulfur dioxide and other pollutants.

City health department executive director Abdul El-Sayed says with the amendments, Marathon would commit to a 20 percent cut in permitted emission levels of sulfur dioxide.

Marathon spokesman Jamal Kheiry said the company "heard very clearly" that the community and civic leaders wanted no emissions increase. He said the company has worked with the city to alter the permit request, but declined to give specifics on the plan.

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