With that massive plume of smoke and dramatic change in my ability to breathe, I was not inclined to believe Chevron’s data that there was limited contamination.


Six air monitoring stations that Chevron agreed to install at its Richmond refinery in 2010 were not put in place, which might have slowed warnings about the danger of pollutants released during the refinery’s disastrous August fire, city officials and air quality regulators say.

The company pledged to install the equipment as part of a May 2010 agreement with the city of Richmond that settled a dispute over how much the refinery owed in utility taxes.

“It was clearly the intention by the city and Chevron to have these monitors in place by now,” said John Gioia, a Contra Costa County supervisor and board chairman of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, who also is a Richmond resident.

via Chevron air monitoring program languishes – The Bay Citizen.



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