VIDEO: Flaring at Valero Refinery in Benicia results in four fines

BENICIA (KRON) — Flaring will continue Monday at the Valero Refinery in Benicia.

A power outage at the facility caused the initial flaring last Friday.

Controlled flares will continue Monday as crews work to restore normal operations of the facility.

Valero has advised the city that it is switching the flaring from the south flare to the north flare.

The switch allows crews adequate time to fully inspect the south flare.

Friday’s flaring released massive plumes of thick black smoke into the air, prompting an evacuation in the area.

As a result of the flaring, the refinery was hit with four fines for violating air pollution rules.

There is no word on what the fines will be nor how much longer the flaring will continue.

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