RODEO -- The Phillips 66 oil refinery in Rodeo has agreed to pay $230,900 in air pollution penalties for 19 air quality violations in 2008 and 2009.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced Monday that it reached the civil settlement with the oil refinery in West Contra Costa County.

The violations included late or missed flare gas samples, failure to install and inspect required emission controls on the wastewater system, and operating a storage tank while control valves were open.The refinery also exceeded hydrogen sulfide limits in fuel gas.

As part of the settlement, Phillips 66 agreed to make changes to correct the pollution problems, air district officials said.

 Phillips 66 refinery  in Rodeo, Calif.
Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, Calif. (Kristopher Skinner, Bay Area News Group)

"The air district has the responsibility to ensure that refineries operate their facilities in full compliance of air quality regulations to protect the health of local residents," said Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer. "Any violation of these regulations, no matter how minor, will not be tolerated."

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