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Environmentalists reach accord with MN refinery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Environmental groups have reached an agreement with Flint Hills Resources to cut greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution from its planned upgrade at Minnesota's largest oil refinery.

Flint Hills has agreed to energy efficiency and monitoring steps that will cut greenhouse gases by about 52,000 metric tons from its initial proposal for its Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount. The company also agreed to donate $1 million to Project Green Fleet, which has been working since 2005 to reduce emissions from school buses and other diesel-powered vehicles.

In return, the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Environmental Integrity Project have agreed not to contest the refinery's air permit applications, which are currently under review at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The refinery produces about half of Minnesota's transportation fuels.

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