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February 25, 1989
A power failure Friday morning at the Fletcher Oil refinery in Carson produced large flames and a billowing cloud of black smoke that was visible for miles. Company Vice President Richard D. Erdman said the power outage knocked out controls on a refinery unit and excess gases were burned off through a flare, sending flames soaring 80 to 90 feet into the air. "It was rather spectacular because it went straight up," Erdman said.
April 8, 1988
Several government inspectors planned to continue their search today for the source of a noxious cloud that hovered over much of the South Bay Wednesday, sending nine people to the hospital. The inspectors from the South Coast Air Quality Management District are checking plant operation records and equipment at the Unocal oil refinery in Wilmington and three other area refineries, said district spokeswoman Jacqueline Switzer.
June 14, 1991
Five of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's top 10 air pollution penalty settlements in March involved South Bay industrial plants, according to a listing released this week by the air quality agency. Topping the list was a settlement in which Arco agreed to pay $300,000 for allowing excessive gas fume pollution at a fuel loading facility in Carson.
October 17, 1989
Newhall Refining Co., which operates an oil refinery in Santa Clarita, said it plans to suspend operations by year's end, resulting in the layoff of about 70 people. Newhall Refining, a unit of Pauley Petroleum of Los Angeles, said about 15 of its 86 employees will be offered jobs at Pauley's other refining unit, Fletcher Oil & Refining Co. in Carson. The rest will be laid off, it said.
October 17, 1987
The South Coast Air Quality Management District has responsibility to control air pollution in the area. It has the power to fine polluters from $25 to $25,000 a day based on such factors as the extent that emissions exceed legal limits, the potential danger to the public, whether the violation was intentional or accidental and the company's history of violations.
April 27, 1989
At an emotional special meeting of the Carson City Council, neighbors of the Fletcher oil refinery complained that a vacuum distillation unit, which would produce asphalt, threatens to add more pollution to the southwest corner of the city. The $16-million unit is under construction with completion scheduled for this summer. It is the second phase of a refinery modernization project begun in 1978 that was put off for years because of financial difficulties. Residents also complained that the original Environmental Impact Report for the project, written more than a decade ago, said nothing about asphalt production and that neighbors were not informed when Fletcher revived plans last year to construct the facility.
October 9, 1992
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it will seek more than $250,000 in penalties for violations of clean air laws by four petroleum refineries. The EPA said it will seek a $105,000 fine against Huntway Refining Co. of Wilmington; $60,000 in fines against Fletcher Oil and Refining Co. of Wilmington and Ultramar Inc. of Long Beach, and $32,822 from Mobil Petroleum Co. Inc. of Torrance.
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