Chevron – ‘Slap on the Wrist’: Chevron Settles Multiple Refinery Violations, Including One That Sent Odor to SF
The air district’s press release included a statement from the agency’s top official similar to ones in previous refinery settlement announcements.
“The Air District has the most stringent air quality regulations in the nation to safeguard public health and air quality in the region,” (BA)AQMD Executive Officer Jack Broadbent said.
“This settlement is part of an ongoing process to ensure that Chevron is held accountable and follows all state, local and federal permit conditions to protect the health of those in neighboring communities,” Broadbent said.
The deal covers several other incidents, including ones in which the Richmond refinery emitted sulfur dioxide and other emissions that exceeded regulatory limits. The air district said all of the violations connected to the agreement have been corrected.
Several politicians and environmentalists have pushed to increase penalties for refineries that violate air quality regulations. In 2018, state Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, proposed tripling fines. But his bill was dropped before it reached a committee vote after the oil industry and others raised opposition to it.