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Shell agrees to install fenceline air monitors at Beaver County ethane cracker plant

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 28 August 2017

After a two-year legal battle, Shell Chemical Co. has agreed to install continuous air monitors on the fenceline of its petrochemical complex in Beaver County. The chemical company reached a settlement with two environmental groups, Clean Air Council and Environmental Integrity Project, to provide publicly-available data on what chemicals will be leaving the sprawling Potter Township site where Shell is building an ethane cracker, three other chemical units, a power plant and a rail yard. The environmental groups appealed an air permit that state regulators granted to Shell in 2015 and asked for the company to commit to several air monitoring measures aimed at keeping hazardous air pollutants and other volatile organic compounds in check. “This is a facility that’s gonna be scrutinized extremely carefully,” said Joe Minott, executive director of the Clean Air Council who worked on the lawsuit. “If you could see my face, you’d see a big, huge grin.” FULL ARTICLE

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