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New Pollution Rules Limit Refinery Flaring

IN BRIEF Los Angeles County / LOS ANGELES

November 08, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Area oil refineries must reduce their use of flaring to burn excess gases under restrictions approved by the board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Residents have complained for years of potential health risks when refineries vent and ignite gases. Refineries call flaring a safety measure, but a district study found that in 2003, the practice produced 2 tons of sulfur oxides daily, or as much as all the region's large diesel trucks.

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