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BP Cancels Hammond Plant

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Some feared the plant would bring toxic emissions, stinky odors and traffic gridlock. The company insists the plant would be clean, says spokesman Scott Dean.

DEAN: The proposed terminal actually had received all required environmental permits from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, so we didn’t see that as an issue.

That didn’t satisfy members of Hammond’s Board of Zoning Appeals. They asked for more safeguards, including long-term air monitoring. Yesterday, BP pulled its request – to the delight of Steve Kozel, president of the Calumet Project.

KOZEL: It’s a small victory, but it’s a victory. And it kind of takes the wind out of their sails a little bit. There must have been something wrong there, and they knew it.

BP’s Dean says the company is reviewing its options for where to locate the plant. The new facility would make room for a multibillion upgrade to BP’s Whiting refinery.

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