Phillips 66 To Pay $230K For Rodeo Refinery Violations

RODEO (CBS SF) — Phillips 66 has agreed to pay a $230,900 penalty to settle air quality violations at its Rodeo refinery in 2008 and 2009, Bay Area Air Quality Management District officials announced Monday.

The settlement is in response to 19 notices of violation issued to Phillips 66 by the air district for the company’s refinery at 1290 San Pablo Ave.

The violations were for flaring-related problems, the failure to install required controls on wastewater system components, storage tank issues, and an inaccurate ground level monitor for hydrogen sulfide, among other problems, air district officials said.

BAAQMD spokesman Ralph Borrmann said the settlement was reached and officially approved by the air district on Feb. 28 and that the money will go toward the district’s general fund to pay for future enforcement efforts.

“The air district has the responsibility to ensure that refineries operate their facilities in full compliance of air quality regulations to protect the health of local residents,” BAAQMD executive officer Jack Broadbent said in a statement.

“Any violation of these regulations, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated,” Broadbent said.

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