Chevron Agrees To $225,500 Settlement Of Air Quality Violations At Contra Costa Refinery

November 7, 2018 15:00 pm · 5 comments

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced today that Chevron USA Inc. has agreed to pay $225,500 to settle violations of air quality regulations at its Richmond refinery.

District executive officer Jack Broadbent said the settlement covered 51 notices of violations, most of which occurred in 2015 and 2016. He said most of the violations were corrected soon after they were discovered.

Broadbent said the settlement money will be used to fund inspection and enforcement activities by the air quality agency.

A Chevron spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The settlement covers several different types of violations of rules and regulations.

They included:

  • Several violations of the federal limit on the amount of hydrogen sulfide that can be burned at combustion sources.
  • A public nuisance violation for flaring associated with an unplanned shutdown.
  • Violation of the opacity standard for smoke associated with flaring.
  • Three violations of a requirement to monitor fuel flow to furnaces to control nitrogen oxide emissions.
  • Failure to include certain components in the leak detection and repair program.
  • Emissions of nitrogen oxides that exceeded the limits established in an air district permit for furnace emissions.
  • Failure to monitor during vessel depressurization.

Broadbent said in a statement, “The air district treats every violation of air quality rules very seriously. Dedicated refinery inspectors and regular inspections help to ensure that violations are corrected quickly and air quality and the public are protected.”

The district, which has its headquarters in San Francisco, adopts and enforces air pollution control regulations for stationary sources in the nine-county Bay Area.

George Kimmel November 7, 2018 at 4:13 PM

Yea But who gets the money? We all had to deal with the bad air so the money should be given to the people of Co Co. County. CORRECT ? Just saying.

Cellophane November 7, 2018 at 4:36 PM

All of the money Chevron has comes from consumers, one way or another.

So any fine is paid by consumers.

Chevron can pay fines all day without any adverse balances on their balance sheet.

Newellian November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Broadbent gets a new Mercedes…………

Bluebird November 8, 2018 at 6:18 AM

Third paragraph says where the settlement will be used.

Mr. In the know November 8, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Most of the violations were all self reported and if not for the integrity of the company could have went unknown to the inspectors. Unfortunately Richmond was at one point impossible to work with to obtain building permits for upgrades which created a lot of the problems there. Hopefully the company is moving toward a cleaner, safer future. Until we don’t need fuel anymore they are a necessity in our society.

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