Air quality worse than expected following Chevron fire

Air quality worse than expected following Chevron fire

 

Even people who think they live in an area that is not overly affected by pollution should consider using natural detox products, because they may not be aware of how dangerous toxins in their town can be. For example, in August there was a fire at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, and only recently is the public learning about the potential danger of the pollution that resulted from this accident.

According to KTUV, regulators reported the initial pollution assessment made after the fire, which told the public that the air quality samples taken near the refinery were safe "clearly fell short." Following the August 6th accident, more than 15,000 people visited hospitals or doctors' offices in the area complaining of breathing difficulties. The news source added that Chevron has not set a timetable for when they plan to repair the destroyed unit.

Furthermore, pollution is not the only problem caused by this fire.

"The site is currently the focus of investigations by state and federal agencies, so access is strictly controlled.Gasoline prices in California rose sharply in the days after the unit was taken offline. Some analysts said the increase was due in part to the supply disruption caused at the state's third largest refinery," according to the information provider.

Before the fire, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline in California was $3.86. As of Monday, September 10th, the price was $4.15. Also prior to the fire, Chevron had been working with the city of Richmond to build community air monitoring stations.

According to The Oakland Tribune, The Bay Area Pollution Board announced that it will expand its system of air monitors near refineries, with the hope of detecting smoke and fumes that were missed before the Chevron fire.