Wednesday, November 17, 2021

The Air District has settled 14 Notices of Violation with Valero Refining Co. for $191,500 for violations at its Benicia Oil Refinery. 

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The Notices of Violation were issued to the company for non-compliance with air quality regulations at its Benicia facility in 2017.

The violations addressed in this settlement include:

  • Two violations for excessive visible emissions
  • Four violations for a tank leak, a valve leak, a leak on a heat exchanger and a gap on a tank
  • One violation for oil on a tank roof
  • One violation for valve checks with the incorrect analyzer
  • One violation for a seal gap
  • One violation for failure to conduct daily inspections
  • Two violations for a total of 13 open ended lines
  • One violation for exceedance of NOx limits
  • One violation for exceedance of CO limits
  • All violations that led to this settlement have been corrected.

The Air District issues Notices of Violation when facilities violate a specific air quality regulation or rule. Violators are generally required to respond to the notice within 10 days and submit a description of the actions they will take to correct the problem. These actions can include shutting down certain operations immediately or changing operations or equipment to come into compliance.

All settlement funds will be used to fund Air District activities such as the inspection and enforcement activities that led to this settlement. 

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Last Updated: 11/16/2021