MARATHON PETROLEUM COMPANY LP (MPC) is proud to be a member of St. John the Baptist Parish for the last 40 years. MPC is dedicated to being a company that values Health, Environmental Stewardship, Safety and Security at its Louisiana Refining Division (LRD) facility. By following these values, LRD works to protect its employees and the community that we call home.
MPC is a member of the American Chemical Council’s Responsible Care® program. The Responsible Care Program is a voluntary program that takes the best management practice approach to all Health, Environmental and Safety programs. This voluntary initiative stresses continual improvement in environmental, safety and security performance and community outreach. At Garyville, we are proud that the refinery’s Health, Environmental, Safety and Security Management System (HESS MS) was certified in 2007 by an independent auditor to comply with the Responsible Care Management System standard and was recertified on April 28, 2014.
As a result of our commitment to safety, LRD continues to be recognized as a member in the Occupational Safety andHealth Administration Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) Star program, having been part of this program since 1994. VPP Star facilities are recognized as exceeding compliance requirements and achieving superior safety and health management and performance. LRD achieves superior safety and environmental performance through the strong partnership of management and employees in our extensive training program and through participation on audit and investigation teams. Equally important is that LRD requires high standards from contractors ensuring that all persons working on site follow safety policies and procedures. LRD has received numerous “Star Among Stars” and “Superstar Among Stars” Awards from OSHA Region VI VPP.
MPC is the industry leader for recognition by the EPA ENERGY STAR program. EPA distinguishes the best performing plants within an industry with ENERGY STAR certification. Since the program began in 2006, the LRD has received the Energy STAR designation for each year (2006 through 2015). LRD is the only refinery in the country to receive this designation for all 10 years of the award.
The refinery also participates in the Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program (ELP). The mission of this programis to promote a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana through voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and/or other environmental stewardship efforts. LRD has won 23 Environmental Leadership Awards, including recognition in 2016 for a Pollution Prevention project for reduced water usage. Other environmental awards won by LRD include Regional Environmental Excellence Award for the Waste inimization Program (U.S. EPA, Region VI), the Regional Award from the National Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM), and The Louisiana Wildlife Federation Corporate Conservationist of the year.
The facility monitors and reports air, water and waste emissions. Releases to the air decreased from 610,894 pounds in 2014 to 511,236 pounds in 2015. The decreases in air emissions can be attributed to decreases in emissions from the FCC, emissions from heaters and emissions from waste water processing. Releases to water increased from the previous year from 12,728 pounds in 2014 to 377,204 pounds in 2015. The increases in emissions associated with the wastewater treatment plant and are attributed to an increase in nitrate concentration at the plant’s outfall. Offsite waste transfers decreased from 13,351 pounds in 2014 to 11,303 pounds in 2015. The decrease is attributed to ammonia and nickel compounds being transferred to an offsite landfill.
A core value of MPC and its employees is our dedication to being involved in the St. John the Baptist Parish community. MPC donated $85,000 to non-profits in 2016 to help with tornado recovery for the St. John’s community. The refinery also provided water, tarps and meals to residents who were affected by the tornados. This dedication was highlighted during relief efforts associated with Hurricane Isaac. MPC donated more than $1,000,000 to the American Red Cross and other local charities. Employees at LRD also offered their time by delivering food and other essential supplies to local
residents affected by the hurricane. To support the educational efforts of our community, LRD has been an Adopt-A-School partner with East St. John Elementary School for 13 years. Our employees donate their time for tutoring and reading, as well as funds for special programs. LRD was also a corporate sponsor of the 2016 Frisco Fest, held at the San Francisco Plantation, and was a major contributor to the St. John United Way Campaign. LRD continues to be a member of MT.GREW (Mt. Airy, Garyville, Reserve, Edgard and Wallace) Community Advisory Panel, a panel of community representatives who meet monthly with representatives of local industries to discuss various topics of concern including industrial community outreach and environmental and safety performance. These are just a few of the many community activities and outreach programs in which LRD actively participates to help enhance the local community.