Nov. 07–Oil giant Chevron will pay $225,500 to settle more than four dozen air-quality violations in recent years at its Richmond refinery, a Bay Area Air Quality Management District spokesman said.
The settlement will cover the refinery’s 51 violations issued mostly during 2015 and 2016 for non-compliance with air-quality regulations.
Listed violations include nuisance notices after flaring linked to an unplanned shutdown, three separate violations of a fuel-flow monitoring requirement for furnaces to control nitrogen oxide emissions, and failures to monitor during process-vessel depressurization at the refinery’s facilities.
“The Air District treats every violation of air quality rules very seriously,” air district executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement Tuesday. “Dedicated refinery inspectors and regular inspections help to ensure that violations are corrected quickly, and air quality and the public is protected.”
Companies that violate district regulations must respond to issued notices within 10 days with solutions, such as operational shutdowns or equipment or operational overhauls.
The settlement will fund the air-district’s future inspection and enforcement actions.
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