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Flint Hills Says North Pole Refinery Will Close

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A general view of an oil refinery.  (credit: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

A general view of an oil refinery. (credit: MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The company that owns North Pole Refinery announced Tuesday it’s closing the facility.

The announcement by Flint Hills Resources Alaska, LLC says the refinery will end gasoline production May 1.

The company will end production of jet fuel and other refined products no later than June 1.

The refinery is a major employer for North Pole, a city about 14 miles south of Fairbanks.

Company Vice President Mike Brose says difficult refining market conditions and uncertainties over future cleanup responsibilities are the reason for the closure.

Brose says Flint Hills has spent enormous sums addressing soil and groundwater contamination that occurred when the refinery was owned by Williams Alaska Petroleum Inc.

He says neither Williams nor the state, which owned land beneath the refinery, have accepted responsibility for the cleanup.

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