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California’s Bay Area Sets Tougher Refinery Pollution Controls

July 21, 2021, 9:00 PM

The board of California’s Bay Area Air Quality Management District, during a virtual session, approved by 19 votes to 3 more stringent controls on particulate emissions from refineries’ cracking units.

  • Rule 5-6 sets a limit of 0.01 grain per dry standard cubic foot in 5 years
    • New limit means a ~70% reduction from current emissions levels
  • Chevron Richmond, PBF Martinez refineries would likely be required to install devices known as wet gas scrubbers to comply with new targets
    • Capital costs estimated at $241m for Chevron Richmond, $255m for PBF Martinez, Greg Nudd, Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer for Policy at ...

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