Clean Air and Air Permitting Milestones (TX)

(DALLAS – July 12, 2011) Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that all ‘flexible permit’ companies in Texas have agreed to apply for approved air permits, helping to achieve clean air in the state and providing for regulatory certainty.

In September 2010, EPA notified all of the 136 ‘flexible permit’ companies that they needed to seek Clean Air Act compliant permits from the state.

“I appreciate the on-going work by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in processing new permits for these Texas businesses,” said Regional Administrator Al Armendariz.

EPA recognized several companies for being far ahead of schedule or reaching an important milestone toward obtaining new permits that satisfies conditions set forth by the agency in 2010. Working closely with EPA, each has chosen an appropriate transition process and established an enforceable commitment and schedule to obtain an approvable permit. They are:

· Alon USA, Big Spring;

· BP Product North America, Texas City;

· Conoco Phillips Company, Borger;

· Exxon Mobil Corporation, Baytown;

· Flint Hills Resources, Corpus Christi;

· INEOS Americas LLC, Port Arthur;

· INEOS Polyethylene North America, La Porte;

· INEOS Polymers, La Porte;

· INEOS USA, Chocolate Bayou; and

· Marathon Petroleum Company LP, Texas City.