Monday, March 10, 2014
Phillips 66 refinery
"Phillips 66 fined for air-quality violations at Rodeo refinery"
2014-03-10 Victoria Colliver from "San Francisco Chronicle" [http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Phillips-66-fined-for-air-quality-violations-at-5305031.php]:
Bay Area officials levied a $230,900 fine against Phillips 66 Co. on Monday for air-quality violations at the company's Rodeo refinery.
The oil company agreed to pay the penalty to cover 19 violations it committed in 2008 and 2009, including failing to take flare-gas samples and having vapor leaks at valves and connectors, said officials with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
"Any violation of these regulations, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated," said the air-quality agency's executive officer, Jack Broadbent.
The fine was the second major penalty the district has levied this year. In January, Tesoro Corp. agreed to pay $472,000 to settle 35 allegations of air-quality violations at its refinery near Martinez that happened from 2009 to 2011. The violations included two power failures that required nearby residents to stay in their homes until the air was cleared.
Officials at Phillips 66, headquartered in Houston, said the company had disclosed most of the violations to the air district and fixed the problems quickly.
"We continue to make improvements in our procedures, training and monitoring to minimize if not eliminate the likelihood of recurrence," said Janet Grothe, a spokeswoman for Phillips 66.