- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The area around Marathon’s Detroit refinery could see increased sulfur dioxide air pollution regardless of whether new permit is approved.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1K7kLnT ) the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality says of the 22 additional tons of sulfur dioxide the refinery plans to add to the area’s air each year, 16.5 tons are already allowed under its existing permit.

Marathon officials, however, say they have other projects planned that will result in a net reduction of sulfur dioxide pollution from the refinery over the next few years.

The company wants a new air pollution permit from the DEQ that would allow it to increase emissions of at least eight air pollutants, including sulfur dioxide.

Some area residents and officials oppose the project.

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Online:

Permit request details: https://bit.ly/1o72gn6

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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