Air-quality officials issue a smoke advisory as 1,000-acre blaze burns near Fairfield.
Posted by Laird Harrison and Jon Brooks Chevron on Monday took issue with a San Francisco Chronicle report that the company routed a pipe around monitoring equipment so that some emissions at its Richmond oil refinery would escape detection. Chevron was fined $170,000 for the incidents, and the EPA’s criminal enforcement unit is investigating, the […]
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District voted unanimously on Wednesday to tighten regulations on the Lehigh Permanente cement plant in Cupertino. The new rules, will cut the plant’s mercury emissions by 90% by 2013, according to BAAQMD engineers. Currently the plant emits more mercury into the Bay Area air than any other facility. BAAQMD […]
The question of how Monday’s fire at the Chevron refinery affected Bay Area air remains, shall we say, murky. On Thursday the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which is charged with monitoring what we breathe, backtracked on an earlier statement that air contaminants remained within California state standards. One chemical, acrolein, was above safe […]