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KOCH'S CLEAN FUELS PROJECT SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES SO2 EMISSIONS

 ROSEMOUNT, Minn., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Koch Refining Company already has surpassed its expectations of sulfur dioxide emission reductions (SO2) with Clean Fuels Project components now becoming operational.
 "SO2 emissions actually are 47 percent lower now than in 1990 when we applied for a permit for the project. We have kept our promise to our neighbors, the community and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)," said Carl E. Marhaver, Koch Refining vice president and refinery manager.
 Construction on the $220 million project began in March 1992 after receiving a permit from the MPCA.
 This is the fifth straight year that Koch has reduced its SO2 emissions from an average of 17 tons per day in 1989 and 1990 to the present levels of less than 10 tons per day. "Our goal was less than 10 and we've bettered that," said Marhaver. "It's significant that we are well below levels required to protect the environment."
 Completion of a new hydrogen plant and a new sulfur removal plant allowed for the latest reductions. An older, less efficient sulfur removal plant was permanently shut down.
 In addition to reducing emissions from the refinery, the Clean Fuels Project will have its greatest impact on reducing the amount of SO2, carbon monoxide and particulate emissions from car, diesel trucks and other mobile


sources in the state.
 Work will be completed on a distillate hydrotreater in August. This component will reduce the sulfur contents of diesel fuel by 90 percent, decreasing SO2 emissions from diesel trucks and cars by at least 34 tons per day where Koch fuel is used in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
 The 1990 Clean Air Act required refiners to reduce the amount of sulfur in on-road diesel fuel by 90 percent by October 1. Koch took an aggressive approach to meet those standards and additionally committed to substantial emission reductions from refinery stacks as well.
 In addition to its regular workforce of 900, Koch has employed 1,500-1,800 building and construction trade workers daily on construction of new administration, safety, cafeteria and laboratory buildings and the Clean Fuels Project. The refinery, owned by Koch Industries, Inc., Wichita, Kan., is a leading producer of petroleum projects in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick Thompson of Koch Refining Company, 612-437-0718/


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