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• Sunoco Inc. is among the leading U.S. petroleum and petrochemical companies, drilling mostly in the US.
• Sunoco agreed to pay a settlement and engage in a cleanup of a toxic facility in Toledo, Ohio.
• Sunoco was one of several companies implicated for using MTBE, a potential carcinogen, that makes gas burn cleaner, which eventually contaminated water supplies.
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-- Profile Updated 04/04/2011
About Sunoco, Inc.
Sunoco Inc., formerly known as Sun Company Inc and Sun Oil Company, is among the leading U.S. petroleum and petrochemical companies. Sunoco operates 5 refineries, processing 900,000 barrels of crude oil per day, and owns 4,500 miles of pipelines. The Philadelphia-based company sells its gasoline from more than 4,760 retail outlets in the U.S, primarily in the Northeast and upper Midwest region. In 2005, Sunoco reported sales of $33.78 billion and employed 13,800 people.
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Philadelphia, PA 19103-1699 USA
Sunoco paid $475,000 in March 2004 to settle outstanding pollution violations at its oil refinery in Toledo, Ohio. The company has since made vows to clean up the facility, within 3 miles of which 57,000 residents live.
-- Toledo Blade (Ohio), 08/19/2004
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In February 2001, Sunoco was one of eleven oil and gas companies named as defendants in a civil lawsuit filed by a Hyde Park, New York family alleging that the companies had conspired to market and use the gas additive MTBE, used to make gasoline burn cleaner. The Environmental Protection Agency has labeled MTBE as a possible carcinogen. MTBE has been found in drinking water in certain areas of Hyde Park. New York officially banned the additive starting in 2004.
-- Associated Press, 02/14/2001
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Sunoco won the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency for its commitment to improving energy management and efficiency in facility operations. Sunoco has been an ENERGY STAR partner for 16 years and has been recognized by the EPA twice for Partner of the Year. The Sustained Excellence Award is the EPA’s highest ENERGY STAR award and Sunoco is the first ENERGY STAR partner of the petroleum industry to be recognized for its energy conservation efforts company-wide.
-- Business Wire, 03/16/2011
Greenopia ranked Sunoco as the “greenest” oil company out of the top 10 leading US oil corporations. Greenopia commends Sunoco for its transparency and thorough reporting of data in addition to its improvements in emissions and waste production. Sunoco is also allegedly an industry leader in promoting biofuels and takes a proactive stance on climate change. However, Sunoco had a large number of oil spills in 2009; the volume of oil spilled was better than average and Sunoco does recover a large amount of the oil but the number of incidents was alarming.
-- Greenopia, 03/01/2011
The EPA has fined Sunoco $81,000 for failing to immediately notify federal and state environmental authorities about an accidental release of benzene into the air in January 2007. Sunoco’s Philadelphia refinery released 1,608 pounds of benzene although the EPA requires facilities to immediately notify local emergency personnel when there is a release of 10 pounds or more. According to the EPA, benzene is a known human carcinogen and long-term exposure can cause anemia, leukemia and possible harmful effects of bone marrow.
-- Delaware County Daily Times, 06/15/2010
Sunoco was fined over $173,000 in civil penalties for the oil corporation’s air permit and storage tank violations at its Delaware County Plant. Allegations include a boiler malfunction and compressor shutdown releasing tons of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide and oil. In addition, Sunoco was cited for negligence in performing inspections of instruments, tank hatches and ventilation systems. This ruling was decided only one month after the US Department of Labor cited Sunoco for OSHA violations after the explosion at Sunoco’s Marcus Hook facility in Pennsylvania.
-- Delaware County Daily Times, 01/26/2010
Sunoco has been fined $762,150 in civil penalties for the excessive amount of pollution at its oil refinery in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania. The Pennyslvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) claims that Sunoco “emitted nearly twice the permitted limit of particulate matter and an average of four times the permitted level of ammonia for more than one year.” The Sunoco plant also allegedly released illegal amounts of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds in addition to failing to meet testing requirements and storage-tank standards. This has not been the first penalty Sunoco has had to pay to the Pennsylvania DEP as the oil corporation was fined in 2005 nearly $3.5 million for air quality violations committed in 2002; $123,730 in emission fees in 2005; and an addition $825,236 in 2005 for violations in that year.
-- Delaware County Daily Times, 05/16/2009
There was a “substantial” oil spill from a leaking pipe at a Sunoco pump station near Cygnet, Ohio in February 2009. The pipeline carries approximately 142,000 barrels of crude oil per day and the strong river currents and gusting winds have caused the oil to migrate more than 12 miles northeast in the Portage River, toward Lake Erie.
-- Reuters, 02/19/2009
Sunoco was rated the 3rd worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's 2010 Toxic 100 index. The index is based on 2006 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria. Sunoco has rapidly jumped to the top of this list as it was only ranked the 55th worst polluter in 2006.
-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 05/11/2006
Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/toxic_index/
On July 27th, 2005, Sunoco agreed to pay over $3.6 million to settle a federal government lawsuit over the massive oil spill of February 2000 at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Pennsylvania. $2.7 million of the total fine is a penalty for Clean Water Act violations and the remaining $865,000 serves as compensation for damages to natural resources. A total estimated 192,000 gallons of crude oil was spilled into the refuge wetlands due to a crack in an oil pipeline.
-- US Fish and Wildlife Service, 07/27/2005
Source URL: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/SUNOCO/
In 2001, a class-action discrimination lawsuit was filed against Sunoco on behalf of a group of black workers who claimed, "The majority of blacks that have been employed by Sunoco are limited to staff positions and denied key management positions that instead go to whites." The suit also alleges that the company hosts a "hostile environment" for its black employees where white supervisors and co-workers are not discouraged from making racially derogatory remarks and harassing black workers.
-- Legal Intelligencer, 03/07/2001
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