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KOCH BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON CLEAN FUELS PROJECT

 KOCH BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON CLEAN FUELS PROJECT
 ST. PAUL, Minn., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Koch Refining Company


today announced it would begin construction immediately on its $220 million Clean Fuels project.
 This announcement followed today's unanimous vote from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Citizens Board, approving the project.
 "With the help of our employees, suppliers and contractors, we are beginning a project that will result in cleaner air, good jobs and an adequate fuel supply to keep the Minnesota economy growing," said Pat Thompson, spokesman for Koch Refining.
 The project, the largest environmental project of its kind in the history of Koch's Rosemount facility, is designed to continue the company's substantial reductions in emissions around the refinery, and ultimately, to improve air quality throughout Minnesota by meeting the requirements of the 1990 Clean Air Act calling for reduced sulfur in diesel fuel.
 In addition to the federal requirements, Koch is voluntarily building systems to substantially reduce sulfur dioxide, particulate and non- criteria pollutant emissions. "Working cooperatively with the MPCA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the attorney general has provided us with an important learning experience -- that companies wishing to grow and succeed must strive for environmental excellence," Thompson said. "Koch is committed to being such an environmental leader."
 The Clean Fuels project, scheduled for completion in 18 months, will reduce refinery non-criteria pollutant emissions by 80 percent, particulate emissions by 50 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by an additional 40 percent. It will create 50-100 permanent refinery jobs and 500-600 construction jobs.
 Koch Refining, the leading producer of transportation energy and other fuel products in Minnesota, employs 875 full-time workers at the refinery and provides jobs for 300 to 500 construction workers daily. Its policy is to manage all operations in a manner that protects the environment and the health and safety of employees, customers, contractors and the public.
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 /CONTACT: Pat Thompson of Koch Refining, 612-437-0718/ CO: Koch Refining Company ST: Minnesota IN: OIL SU:


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