The Justice Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced a $425 million settlement with two companies to reduce air pollution at six petroleum refineries in the West.
The agreement with Tesoro Corp. and Par Hawaii Refining resolves alleged violations of the federal Clean Air Act at several refineries including one in Martinez, California and requires installment of new equipment to control emissions.
The settlement covers five refineries that Tesoro operates in Kenai, Alaska; Anacortes, Washington; Salt Lake City, Utah; Mandan, North Dakota; and Martinez. It also covers Par Hawaii's refinery in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Under the consent decree, the companies will spend about $403 million to install equipment to control carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and other emissions at the refineries that process crude oil into gasoline, diesel fuel and other products.
At the Martinez Refinery, about $24 million will fund pollution control equipment and $1 million will go toward compressed natural gas school buses to replace old diesel school buses in Contra Costa County.