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Residents want answers from Holly Refinery
by MELINDA WILLIAMS
May 21, 2014 | 1872 views | 0 0 comments | 69 69 recommendations | email to a friend | print

WEST BOUNTIFUL — A group of West Bountiful residents who live near the Holly Refinery want answers from refinery officials about a proposed berm they say was not shown on the original expansion plans and a substation Rocky Mountain Power plans to build on refinery property.

The residents who mainly live on the northeast side of the refinery, held a meeting on Wednesday night at city hall to open the dialogue between themselves and the refinery, specifically regarding work on the east side of 800 West, according to information provided by the neighbors.

In response to the residents’ concerns, Holly’s vice president and refinery manager Michael Wright, Jr.,  said the berm is intended to be permanent with full landscaping.

It will be approximately 10-15 feet tall and it will be landscaped with several types of tress, Wright said in an email to the Clipper. The landscaping will also include a weed mat with rocks to keep down any dust that may develop during the expansion.

“It is meant to be a visual barrier, but will also provide a noise barrier,” Wright said.

The substation Rocky Mountain Power is planning is being built to support the refinery’s expansion, Wright said.

“Originally we asked to expand the existing substation on 500 South but Rocky Mountain Power will not expand their the 46kV station anymore,” Wright said. He said the power company is moving away from 46 kV stations and systems.

Holly plans on expanding its operation in two phases over the next two years, and has received a permit from the Utah Division of Air Quality to proceed.

Plans call for the refinery to increase capacity from  40,000 barrels a day to 60,000 barrels by installing additional crude units and increasing the capacity of existing units. It will also add a second catalytic cracking unit, a cooling tower and several process heaters.

The proposed refinery expansion has its foes, especially on the environmental front  that is opposed to the proposed expansions at Holly and at nearby Tesoro, because increased production will mean increased pollution.

Regulators estimate there will be a seven-ton increase in particulate matter (PM) emissions annually from Holly’s expansion, but there will also be a 150.7-ton reduction in sulphur dioxide and a 21.5-ton reduction in nitrogen oxides.

Regulations will require Holly to install controls to limit pollution, and to add controls to existing equipment to offset pollution from the new pollution.

Adding the second catalytic cracking unit will add 45 jobs to Holly’s workforce, according to Mike Astin, Holly’s environmental manager, during a November interview.

“We think it’s a win-win for everyone,” he said. 

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