Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Air District announced today that its independent Hearing Board, a quasi-judicial independent body authorized under state law, has approved an abatement order for Valero Refining Co. to cease unreported emissions at its Benicia oil refinery as safely and expeditiously as possible. 

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The abatement order establishes the requirements and a schedule for Valero to design, engineer, permit, and construct a project to stop the excess emissions. The order also provides conditions for Valero to minimize emissions during normal operations, pending completion of the project. The order goes into effect immediately.

During the interim period, Valero will continue to minimize the potential for pollutants to be emitted by continuing operation of internal piping installed to redirect hydrogen to a lower-pressure location. 

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Last Updated: 3/15/2022