FAIRFIELD — Valero Refinery in Benicia made the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the top 10 California facilities managing, treating or releasing toxic chemicals into the environment.
Solano County’s only refinery held the 10th spot. In the state as a whole, toxic chemicals managed, treated or released into the environment increased 10 percent from 2010 to 2011, to 38 million pounds.
“Community Right-to-Know data helps all of us remain aware of the types and amounts of chemicals being used in our neighborhoods,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest, in a press release. “It is great to see pollution prevention activities at reporting facilities, and we encourage them to reduce their chemical releases via this method.”
Release data alone are not sufficient to determine exposure or to calculate potential risks to human health and the environment, the press release said.
Please go to www.epa.gov/region09/toxic/tri/ or www.epa.gov/triexplorer/statefactsheet.htm for more information.
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