U.S. EPA orders Valero to improve chemical safety at California refinery

FILE PHOTO: A Valero Energy Corp. gas station is pictured in El Cajon, California, U.S., August 8, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

According to Reuters (Link to article):

Crude oil refiner Valero Energy Corp (VLO.N) agreed to pay a $1.2 million fine over violations of chemical safety regulations at a California refinery, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Thursday.

The company will also make changes to improve process safety at the refinery, the EPA said in a statement.

After chemical incidents at the Benicia Refinery in 2017 and 2019, a 2019 EPA inspection at the facility identified several areas of noncompliance, including that Valero failed to immediately report releases of hazardous substances and update certain process safety information, the EPA said.

If Valero violated this many safety regulations at Benicia, is there any reason to think it is better in Wilmington? Especially with the huge quantity of the deadly HF stored there?

Perhaps we should encourage the EPA to look closely at our local Valero Refinery.