July 4, 2005

Imperial Oil commits to reduce NOX emissions from its Dartmouth refinery

DARTMOUTH, NS-Imperial Oil has agreed to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from its Dartmouth refinery as part of a national commitment from oil refineries to improve air quality by cutting emissions from their facilities. The Dartmouth operation is one of 20 Canadian refineries which have committed to a national framework for petroleum refinery emission reductions, developed by the Canadian Council of Ministers of Environment (CCME). The framework addresses the leading types of emissions from petroleum refineries, including sulfur oxides (SOX), NOX, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO) and particulate matter (PM). The Dartmouth refinery will focus on NOX reduction because it is already meeting the commitments outlined in the framework for facilities of its size and type. The framework, which may be viewed on the CCME Web site, www.ccme.ca, includes tools and guidance for regulators such as a strategy for monitoring and reporting refinery emissions and reductions. The provincial Department of Environment and Labour will integrate these into its existing air quality program.

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