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U.S. EPA settles with So Cal oil company for $30,000 for air violations

Release Date: 01/16/2007
Contact Information: Francisco Arcaute, (213) 244-1815, Cell: (213) 798-1404

(01/16/07) LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has settled with Long Beach, Calif.-based Edgington Oil Company, LLC for $30,000 for its alleged failure to monitor and report excess emissions at its petroleum refinery in Long Beach, as required by the Clean Air Act.

Located at 2400 E. Artesia Boulevard in Long Beach, Edgington produces fuels, paving asphalt, and other petroleum-based products.

“We trust that Edgington Oil Company, LLC, will follow EPA regulations and comply with the Clean Air Act,” said Deborah Jordan, Director of the Air Division of EPA, Region 9. “The EPA is a firm believer in protecting clean air without sacrificing jobs and economic productivity.”

Edgington allegedly failed to operate a continuous monitoring device for sulfur dioxide or hydrogen sulfide for a fuel gas combustion device at its Long Beach refinery between October 2001 and February 2004, and also failed to submit semi-annual excess emission reports for the same device to the EPA from January 2002 through January 2005.

High levels of hydrogen sulfide gas can cause death. Longer-term exposure at lower levels can cause eye irritation, headache, and fatigue. Exposure to high levels of sulfur dioxide can be life threatening; symptoms include burning of the nose and throat and respiratory difficulties.

Edgington has since received an EPA approval for an alternate monitoring system for hydrogen sulfide for the fuel gas combustion device and has filed the required excess emission reports since January 2005.

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