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Refinery Operator Agrees to Penalties for Air Quality Violations

Tesoro Corporation will pay $472,000 in penalties to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for 35 violations recorded over a span of two years at the company’s Martinez refinery.

The air quality violations, which range from power failures that prompted shelter in place warnings to fires at the Golden Eagle refinery, happened between 2009 and 2011.

“Heavy industrial facilities, like refineries, must take responsibility for all aspects of their processes as the Air District and the public have no tolerance for pollution problems,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District in a press release. “This settlement will ensure Tesoro takes responsibility for all systems within its refining process to ensure they do not jeopardize air quality and comply with Air District regulations.”

Tesoro could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. The San Antonio-based company operates six refineries in the western United States. The Martinez refinery has a crude oil capacity of 166,000 barrels per day and employs 700 full-time workers, according to the company website. Tesoro Corp. posted net income of $99 million for the third quarter in Nov. 2013.
Chris Kapsalis January 08, 2014 at 09:21 PM
WAIT! A car is taken off the road with just one violation not passing a smog test. One little car. And they have 35 violations and are a HUGE refinery and are let to continue on their way after paying what amounts to a couple bucks to the average motorist? They pass that cost on to us anyway in the form of higher gas prices. This stinks.

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