PI Original Mose Buchele Monday June 2nd, 2008, 12:12pm

Illinois Dems Tell EPA To Halt BP Expansion

Four Democratic members of the Illinois congregational delegation have sent a letter requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency suspend the expansion of the BP oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana. In the letter, Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. Rahm Emanuel, Jan Schakowsky, ...

Four Democratic members of the Illinois congregational delegation have sent a letter requesting that the Environmental Protection Agency suspend the expansion of the BP oil refinery in Whiting, Indiana. In the letter, Sen. Dick Durbin and Reps. Rahm Emanuel, Jan Schakowsky, and Mellissa Bean, say that "increased carbon dioxide emissions at Whiting remain a major concern."

The lawmakers' request comes as state and national environmental groups recently challenged Indiana's decision to allow an expansion of the plant. At issue is the addition of three flares that were not accounted for in BP's application for the expansion. Industry officials say these flares would only be used in rare instances. But environmental groups say the added Co2 emitted by the flares could pose a serious threat to the environment and to public health.

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