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Valero To Pay $183K Settlement to Air District Over Violations

Valero has agreed to pay an $183,000 civil penalty to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to settle air quality violations at its Benicia refinery, according to district officials.

The settlement covers fines from seven air quality violations that occurred at the refinery in 2010, according to air district spokesman Tom Flannigan.

The violations stemmed from an upset of the refinery's fluid catalytic cracking unit, where heavy gas oils are converted into gasoline and other lighter compounds, Flannigan said.

The upset caused "intermittent violations" of air quality standards over a 10-day period, including violations of carbon monoxide and sulfur standards, he said.

Flannigan said the settlement funds will cover air district activities such as inspection and enforcement operations.

The BAAQMD is the public agency that regulates stationary sources of air pollution in the nine counties that surround San Francisco Bay: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma counties.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau March 31, 2014 at 04:12 PM
$183K? Valero made at least ten times that in profit during the violation period. This simply looks like the BAAQMD needed some extra funding and tapped an easy source. $100 tickets from fireplace violators just take too long to add up!

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