San Francisco Bay officials are considering imposing the strictest emission regulations in the U.S. for oil refineries.
The Associated Press reports that the Bay Area Air Quality Management District heard Monday from managers of the area’s five oil refineries and from the public about the proposed strengthening of pollution standards.
The Valero refinery in Benicia; Photo: James Irwin/CBS
Air quality officials say that collectively the five refineries contribute the most industrial pollution in the Bay Area. The air board is seeking to reduce refinery emissions 20 percent by 2020.
Managers for Shell and other refineries told the board Monday that tighter rules would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.
Officials with Shell and other area refineries told the board Monday that stricter rules would cost them hundreds of millions of dollars. Regulators with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District say the actual cost of the new regulations would be $20 million per year, the AP reports. They say this is less than 2% of the refineries’ yearly profits.
The board has scheduled a vote for December 16.