Chevron’s Richmond refinery will finally receive some much stricter air filters and monitoring systems after the 22 citations from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District resulted in a whopping $146,000 fine. Most of the citations are regarding the air pollutants that the refinery has been pumping into the Bay Area air for the past several years.
They were found guilty of knowingly discharging unhealthy levels of hydrogen sulfide and other harmful compounds through flaring – the process of burning off excess gas at industrial sites.
The refinery was also cited for excess carbon monoxide coming out of its furnace.
The notices of violation were sent to Chevron between 2012 and 2014, but they are just now admitting to their fault.