October 22, 2014
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) - Chevron says it does not plan to increase production at its fire-damaged Richmond refinery after repairs are made, allowing the company to forego requirements to install the newest clean air technologies.
A section of the refinery was damaged in an Aug. 6 fire, which sent a cloud of black smoke into the air and spurred thousands to seek medical treatment.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chevron told the Bay Area Air Quality Management District last week it would repair - not replace - its existing equipment, which means the company will not be forced to adopt the industry's most advanced pollution equipment.
Still, the company said it will voluntarily cut air pollution emissions and replace about one-third of the facility's potentially leaky valves and fittings.
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