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Phillips refinery in Rodeo during a sulfur leak in 2012. (CBS).

Phillips 66 To Pay $230K For Rodeo Refinery Violations

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.

03/10/2014

A sign on a farm trailer reading 'Food grows where water flows,' hangs over dry, cracked mud at the edge of a farm April 16, 2009 near Buttonwillow, California. Central Valley farmers and farm workers are suffering through the third year of the worsening California drought with extreme water shortages and job losses. The office of California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger predicts Central Valley farm losses of $325 million to $477 million and total losses for crop production and related business to be between $440 and $644 million. Central Valley is expected to lose 16,200 to 23,700 full-time jobs and food prices are expected to rise nationwide. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Bad Air, Lack Of Rain In Central Valley Has Residents Suffering

The air in California’s Central Valley is so bad that even healthy people are urged to stay indoors. A haze of fine particles has cloaked the skies from Stockton to Bakersfield.

01/25/2014

Mount Auburn Cemetary

Lawsuit Alleges East Oakland Air Too Polluted To Allow Crematorium

The Neptune Society’s plan to build a crematorium in East Oakland has raised concerns that an area already choked by poor air quality will have to contend with yet another source of pollution.

12/12/2013

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Mountain View Residents Apprehensive Of EPA’s Ground Toxin Test Results

The EPA will hold a community meeting Tuesday night in Mountain View to talk about the discovery of toxins in the ground that were found in a neighborhood near Moffet Field.

11/12/2013

A California condor. (AP)

Big Sur Condors Hurt By Banned Pesticide DDT

Condors were reintroduced to the rugged coast of Big Sur in 1997. Now, researchers say the banned pesticide DDT has harmed the birds’ ability to reproduce in the wild.

09/15/2013

Delta Energy Center, Pittsburg (Calpine)

New Study Claims Bay Area Power Plant Is 2nd Most Polluting In State

A California environmental group claims that a Bay Area power plant is the second most polluting in the state according to a new study.

09/10/2013

The Chevron Oil Refinery In Richmond. (AP Photo)

Chevron To Pay $190K For 19 Air Quality Violations Prior To August 2012 Fire

Chevron has agreed to pay the Bay Area Air Quality Management District $190,000 to settle air quality violations at its Richmond refinery prior to the fire there last August.

07/31/2013

Tourists ride bicycles on a newly constructed bike path near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Bicycle Share To Launch Pilot In August With 700 Bikes

A bike-sharing pilot program is set to launch in the Bay Area starting in August with 700 bikes at docking stations in five cities.

06/26/2013

Plastic Bag

California Bill To Reduce Plastic Junk Dies In Committee

A California bill that would have required manufacturers to figure out how to keep the most common plastic junk out of state waterways died in the state Assembly without a vote Friday.

05/24/2013

Firefighters battle a wildfire. (CBS)

Late Spare-The-Air Notice Issued As Wildfires Impact Air Quality

Wildfires, high temperatures and light winds have caused air quality in Northern California to deteriorate and prompted Bay Area officials to declare Friday the first Spare the Air Day of the 2013 season.

05/03/2013

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