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HollyFrontier Corporation Investing to Produce Tier 3 Fuels at its Woods Cross Refinery

Will produce cleaner, lower emitting fuel
Posted at 7:30 AM, Apr 02, 2020

WEST BOUNTIFUL, Utah — HollyFrontier Corporation announced Thursday it will be producing Tier 3 fuels for use along the Wasatch Front and have selected a project at the HollyFrontier Woods Cross refinery to achieve that goal.

According to a news release, while HollyFrontier’s fleet of refineries are compliant with the federal, nationwide Tier 3 standards, this development will allow the gasoline produced at our Woods Cross refinery for use in Utah along the Wasatch Front to meet the low-sulfur Tier 3 standard.

“HollyFrontier Woods Cross cares about the environment and the air quality in the community, which is also home to many of our employees and their families,” said Scott White, Vice President and Refinery Manager, HollyFrontier Woods Cross Refinery. “By moving to Tier 3 fuels, we are advancing our commitment to deliver high-quality fuel products in an environmentally responsible way."

“The largest contributor to our air quality problem is mobile sources - vehicles,” Governor Gary R. Herbert said. “When coupled with a Tier 3 car, the fuels that will be produced at HollyFrontier’s Woods Cross refinery will reduce these mobile emissions by up to 80%; that’s like taking four out of five cars off the road. We’re grateful to HollyFrontier for investing in Utah’s air quality.”

“In our efforts to clear the air, there are no perfect answers, but there are practical solutions,” Thom Carter, Executive Director of the Utah Clean Air Partnership (UCAIR), said. “HollyFrontier’s move to produce Tier 3 fuel here in Utah will mean a significant reduction of emissions in our airshed. We are grateful for their ongoing commitment to our community.”

This year, the Utah State Legislature voted on a controversial bill to give the few remaining refineries (Holly and Big West) an extension on a tax exemption to prod them into producing Tier 3 fuels.

Environmental groups opposed the bill by Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, but it passed anyway and was signed into law by the governor last month.