Calif.—Oil giant Tesoro Corp. has agreed to pay $500,000 in fines for
dozens of air pollution violations at its refinery in Martinez.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced the settlement with
the San Antonio-based company on Monday. District officials say
emissions from the Golden Eagle refinery often exceeded air-quality
standards for carbon monoxide, soot and other pollutants between 2006
The refinery was also fined for failing to fix leaky
equipment and failing to properly sample and monitor pollution during
that period. In total, Tesoro received 46 citations.
spokesman Mike Marcy tells the Contra Costa Times while the violations
were regrettable, most of them were reported by the company itself.
He said 40 percent of them were for paperwork errors.