Wyoming Refinery Faces Penalties For Odors

SINCLAIR, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has issued a notice of violation to Sinclair Wyoming Refining Company for releasing odors in September from a refinery in the tiny town of Sinclair in south-central Wyoming.
The notice issued last month comes five months after residents of Sinclair complained at a town council meeting about pungent smells coming from the facility.
An environmental quality engineer with the state monitored odors near the refinery on Sept. 16 and 17 and detected what was described as a strong onion and crude oil odor at levels higher than allowed by state standards.
Refinery officials say they have taken steps to eliminate the odors. According to the notice, the company could be fined up to $10,000 per violation per day and face other penalties. State officials say they are working to reach a settlement with the company concerning the odor violations.

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