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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking $739,840 in penalties in eight administrative actions against seven refineries in California and one in Hawaii for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA).
EPA said five of the eight plants violated CAA rules requiting refineries to install and operate continuous emission monitoring .systems (CEMs). CEMs are installed to measure either the concentration of hydrogen sulfide in fuel gases before they are burned or the amount of sulfur dioxide emitted after burning.
The deadline for installing CEMs was Oct. 2, 1991.
In addition, seven of the plants are accused of failure to submit semiannual …