November 12, 2012 – Chevron will make only small-scale pollution control improvements as it rebuilds the fire-damaged crude oil unit at its Richmond refinery – telling regulators it will not increase production, a decision that allows the company to avoid requirements for new emissions technology. After an Aug. 6 fire at the refinery produced a black cloud of smoke that sent 15,000 people to hospitals seeking treatment, the Richmond City Council and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District adopted resolutions urging Chevron to use the best pollution control technology available in rebuilding the plant. Chevron officials, however, told air-quality officials last week that they do not plan to increase production and are simply repairing existing equipment. “Chevron believes the repairs can proceed without district permits or approvals,” company officials said in documents they filed with the air-quality agency.
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