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Air Quality: Bay Area Refineries Will Face New Regulations

Posted on October 27, 2014
by Susana Escamilla


This summer, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed emission standards for refineries to protect nearby neighborhoods and to protect the general public toxic air that is emitted from petroleum refineries. The proposal will require monitoring air concentrations around the area, changes in storage tanks, ensure that waste gases are properly destroyed and standards for delayed cooking units which are an unregulated source of toxic air emission. Keeping this in mind, Bay Area oil refineries will begin to face the new regulations starting next year. Bay are oil refineries will cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent. A board member of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District wants to continue to see improvements in air quality in the area.

The air quality in the Bay area recently has been in good standing according to the air quality index. With new regulations beginning to be proposed in the upcoming year for refineries, we can see an improvement in the air quality. In addition, monitoring emission will also help cut emissions in half while refineries use emission control technologies to reduce pollutants. However, it will take time for refineries to be up to date with the regulations and may take time to see any changes in our air quality.


The biggest concern in neighborhoods that are nearby these refineries are the health problems that many individuals can face. Health problems that are seen in individuals who live near by refineries are an increased reactivity to allergens, eye irritation, headaches and cardiovascular and respiratory illness. Since monitoring will take effect in areas near several refineries, several environmental agencies will be working with these refineries to help improve the air quality around these neighborhoods.

We will keep you updated with the latest updates on the regulations as more and more refineries cope with the new regulations. Follow our Google plus page and our social media sites to give you updates on these topics and when we post our blog posts. AirTek strives in creating cleaner, healthier, and more energy efficient indoor environments.

If you have any questions regarding indoor air quality and how to make your home safer, cleaner and better for your breathing call us to set up an appointment.

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