Senator Durbin meets EPA officials over Lake Michigan pollution

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin met with US Environmental Protection Agency officials today to discuss his state's opposition to a new permit for the BP oil refinery in Lake County.

Durbin says agency officials would not back away from supporting Indiana's decision to permit the Whiting refinery to dump more pollutants into Lake Michigan, but the Illinois Democrat says efforts to block the BP expansion might soon turn to fighting an air pollution permit.

The EPA says it explained to Durbin what action was taken to ensure the project meets requirements of the federal Clean Water Act.

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