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Valero Refining Company will pay $122,500 as a civil penalty for air quality violations at its Benicia, CA, refinery, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

The incidents occurred in 2011 and the settlement covered 25 notices of air quality violations issued by Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

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“Bay Area refineries must operate within strict federal, state and local air quality regulations that protect air quality and public health,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Air District. “Violations of air quality regulations, no matter how minor, must be addressed and refineries held accountable.”

Violations included odors from operations at the refinery wastewater treatment plant, violations of emission limits and minor leaks from pentane or butane tanks, Air District said.

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Air District issues notices of violation for businesses violating air quality regulations and monitors nine counties in the Bay Area. Settlement funds will end up used to fund Air District inspection and enforcement, the District said.

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