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How refineries’ greed sank an environmental program that was saving them millions

March 26, 2017 by Ronjoy Bezbarua

(Source: Los Angeles Times) Just over a year ago, Southern California’s refinery industry was riding high. The refineries had torpedoed a tough anti-pollution plan that had been painstakingly developed by regional environmental officials over the previous 37 months. The industry plan that was approved instead continued a cap-and-trade program that the refineries had successfully gamed for years, saving themselves as much as $1 billion in anti-pollution equipment they otherwise would have had to install.  The cap-and-trade program will be replaced by a “command-and-control” program that could require the installation of clean-air technology on a specific schedule for every facility. Ironically, the refineries, which account for 59% of non-vehicular pollution emissions, are likely to be the first to come under the gun. Read full article….

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