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Smoke rises from the scene or a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (rhabarak/CBS)

Unsafe Pollutant Levels Found In Richmond Refinery Fire; Initial Readings Wrong

Air quality officials said their initial measurements of pollutants from the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond Monday were wrong.

08/10/2012

Smoke rises from the Richmond Chevron refinery fire (CBS)

Bay Area Environmental Health Expert Questions Air Quality Tests

The tests looked at 23 compounds classified by the state as contaminants. The results showed 22 compounds came up safe and one didn’t. That one is called Acrolein, which is like a formaldehyde, a by-product of combustion that can cause eye, skin and breathing problems.

08/09/2012

Joan Peat Fire Photo

Fire Was Chevron Refinery’s Latest Air Quality Violation

A massive refinery fire that sent hundreds of people rushing to hospitals and is likely to increase West Coast gas prices was just the latest pollution incident at the facility that records show has increasingly violated air quality rules over the past five years.

08/08/2012

Smoke rises from the scene or a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond. (rhabarak/CBS)

Air Quality Deemed Safe After Richmond Refinery Fire

The air quality in western Contra Costa County was determined safe after test results for 23 petroleum-related pollutants were analyzed Tuesday after a fire at a Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday night, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

08/08/2012

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3rd Bay Area ‘Spare The Air’ Day Of The Week Declared

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has announced that Thursday will be another “Spare the Air” day.

07/12/2012

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California Regulators Want Pollution Rules On Non-Existent Technologies

The California Supreme Court said regulators may require pollution controls on future technologies that don’t exist.

06/26/2012

Bay Area Coastal Counties Score High Marks For Air Quality

The Bay Area’s topography has helped it maintain better overall air quality than other parts of the state, this according to an annual report out from the American Lung Association. But there are still a lot of things individuals can do to help us breathe easier.

04/25/2012

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Computer Model May Help Lower Bay Area Air Pollution

The California Emissions Estimator Model was developed by air districts to give a better estimation of air quality impacts for proposed development projects.

03/04/2012

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14th Bay Area Winter Spare The Air Alert Issued For Thursday

Another Spare the Air Day has been announced by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for Thursday, the 14th for this winter season.

01/11/2012

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Steady Weather Pattern To Prompt More Bay Area Spare-The-Air Alerts

Two more winter Spare the Air alerts were issued over this past holiday weekend, and once again hundreds of complaints were made about people burning wood fires in their homes.

01/03/2012

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