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Scientists find solutions to BP’s mercury problems

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June 13, 2013 – Five years ago, after outcry from environmentalists over the limits regulators set for the water permit on BP’s $3.8 billion Whiting Refinery expansion, the company offered $5 million to explore new ways to better control mercury and other pollutants going into Lake Michigan.

With its permit again up for review, Host Steve Walsh talked to the scientists behind the study about their findings, and at least two solutions they believed would lower the amount of pollutants entering the lake, though they come with a multi-million price tag.

Cristina Negri, Principal Agronomist/Environmental Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory

Dr. George Nnanna, Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, Purdue Water Institute at Purdue University Calumet.


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