Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Despite a statewide report that says Californians are breathing cleaner air, some East Bay communities are still suffering from industry-related pollution levels.
The federal government has approved a $1 million grant that Bay Area air quality regulators hope will simplify the process for companies interested in vehicle fleets that run on hydrogen and natural gas.
The damaged crude oil unit that exploded in flames at Chevron’s Richmond refinery last August is now undergoing repairs, but the work is being done under close scrutiny.
As the weather starts to turn colder, the cozy feeling of sitting by a roaring fireplace could lead to a stiff fine if that fire is burning during a winter Spare the Air alert, air quality officials said.
Accidental releases from industrial facilities would require more extensive monitoring of emissions in the surrounding community under new rules adopted by air quality officials in response to the Chevron refinery fire this summer.
Air quality is forecast to be unhealthy for a second day in a row in the Bay Area, prompting another Spare the Air alert for Sunday. An alert is already in effect Saturday.
A Spare the Air alert has been issued for Saturday by Bay Area air quality officials. The alert, issued by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, means that air quality is expected to be poor and residents are advised to reduce driving and avoid outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.
The monitors are not designed to test for many of the pollutants that surface following refinery fires like the recent one at the Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Officials said Tuesday they have internal surveillance video that shows a towering vapor cloud before a fire broke out at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond last week.
More than 9,000 people sought treatment at local hospitals for health problems stemming from the massive fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond last week, according to a county health official.