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BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released

BP: 500,000 pounds of emissions released 05 Jun 2010 At BP's Texas City refinery, more than 400 pounds a day of benzene -- 40 times the state reportable levels -- was released during a 40-day period while a subunit of the refinery’s ultracracker unit was offline, according to a company filing with the state’s environmental agency Friday. In all, BP officials said more than 500,000 pounds of pollutants and nonpollutants were released while the company increased flaring as they tried to repair a compressor on the faulty unit.