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Refinery expansion has enviros’ attention for possible impacts on air quality in Washington NPs

Cascadia’s biggest oil refinery is angling to get even bigger. Yet BP’s proposed expansion at Cherry Point Refinery is facing objections from national park officials, who worry about air pollution from the plant, and from a conservation group willing to mount a legal challenge.

The BP Refinery in Whatcom County handles 236,000 barrels per day and has been producing gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel for the Northwest since 1971. It’s also been a source of tremendous controversy. Almost immediately after the facility opened, the genetically distinct local herring stock plummeted, suffering a 92 percent decline from which it has never recovered, perhaps a result of a 1972 oil spill at the site.


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