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Tag: Chevron fire

August 16, 2012 | 8:14 am

A.M. Splash: Mirkarimi Report Due; Bay Area Housing Prices Up; Lawsuit Filed in Chevron Fire; Memorial Stadium Opens; Brown Twins Separated

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Dueling sheriff rallies (SF Chronicle) The next round of the official misconduct case against suspended San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi begins at 9 a.m. Thursday in a City Hall hearing room when the Ethics Commission reconvenes to recommend whether to uphold the charges brought by Mayor Ed Lee. There, at the onset, commissioners and City […]

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August 14, 2012 | 8:22 am

A.M. Splash: Assembly Passes Tuition Break; Solyndra Gives $3.5 Million to Ex-Employees; Immigrant Relief Period Begins Wednesday

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Major tuition break OKd by Assembly (SF Chronicle) Middle-class students at California’s public universities are one big step closer to receiving a major tuition break, after the Assembly narrowly approved a measure Monday that would fund college scholarships by eliminating a corporate tax break. Solyndra agrees to pay $3.5 million in a settlement with its […]

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August 13, 2012 | 8:36 am

A.M. Splash: Fired Parks Official Has Criminal Record; Richmond Residents Learn to Live With Chevron; Petaluma in Little League World Series

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California officials in midst of financial scandal (McClatchy Newspapers) The former deputy director of California state parks at the vortex of a financial scandal has a string of criminal convictions, including a felony DUI, and spent 12 of his 23 years in state government on court-ordered probation, according to court records. Petaluma headed to Little […]

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Air Quality Agency Detected Contaminant After Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

August 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

Air Quality Agency Detected Contaminant After Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire

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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 […]

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August 10, 2012 | 8:14 am

A.M. Splash: Investigators Suspect Error Caused Chevron Fire; 49ers to Get Half of Disputed Tax Fund; History of Chevron Fires

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Chevron response to fire threat probed (SF Chronicle) Investigators looking into the fire at the Chevron oil refinery in Richmond suspect that heat insulation around a leaking pipe contributed to the disaster by masking the extent of the danger until it was too late, The Chronicle has learned. By underestimating the size of the leak, […]

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August 9, 2012 | 2:45 pm

Did the Chevron Fire Affect Your Health? Contra Costa County Answers Questions

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Did the fire at Chevron’s Richmond oil refinery affect your health? The Health Services department of Contra Costa County has posted answers to frequently asked questions on the topic. It has also posted the Bay Area Air Quality Management District report on toxins found in the air. Also Chevron has opened a help center for […]

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August 9, 2012 | 8:31 am

A.M. Splash: Richmond Air Reported Fine After Fire; Hundreds File Claims in Chevron Fire; Marin Breast Cancer Gene Investigated

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Richmond air quality safe, analysis says (SF Chronicle) Regulators say the black cloud that wafted over the Bay Area during Monday’s fire at the Chevron oil refinery had no obvious negative effect on Richmond’s air quality, a claim that raises serious questions about why more than 1,700 people ended up in emergency rooms. Chevron claims […]

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August 7, 2012 | 8:18 pm

BAAQMD Finds 23 ‘Potentially Toxic Pollutants’ in Air Around Chevron Fire, Says ‘Well Under Exposure Levels’

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Statement from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District on air quality samples the agency took around the Richmond fire: The Air District had inspectors at the scene of the August 6 Chevron fire, collecting air quality samples from the surrounding area. These were sent to the Air District’s lab at 6 a.m. this morning, […]

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August 7, 2012 | 11:30 am

Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin on Chevron Fire: ‘We Live With This Risk Day In and Day Out’

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Richmond’s Mayor, probably the highest-ranking Green Party government official in the country, released this statement today: Richmond mayor seeks transparency on Chevron fire

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