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U.S. EPA AGREES TO $86,000 SETTLEMENT WITH SUNLAND OIL CO.

 SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) today announced that Sunland Refining Co. has agreed to pay a penalty of $86,000 to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its refinery in Bakersfield, Calif.
 In a complaint issued on Sept. 30, 1992, U.S. EPA claimed that Sunland, a division of World Oil Corp., violated the act's new source performance standards for petroleum refineries by failing to install and operate a continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS) by an Oct. 2, 1991, deadline. The company was also cited for failure to submit semiannual reports to U.S. EPA on whether any excess emissions were measured by the CEMS, as also required by the Clean Air Act.
 A CEMS is installed to measure either the concentration of hydrogen sulfide in fuel gases before they are burned in any combustion device or the amount of sulfur dioxide emitted after burning. The data from the CEMS are used to help ensure compliance with emission limits set by the new source performance standards.
 Sulfur dioxide is a gas that is produced when fossil fuels are burned. At high enough concentrations, it can adversely affect human health and vegetation. In addition, sulfur dioxide is the primary cause of acid rain, which is formed when the chemical reacts in the atmosphere to form acidic compounds. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 will reduce annual sulfur dioxide emissions by 10 million tons -- more than 50 percent -- by the year 2000.
 The complaint against Sunland was one of eight similar cases brought concurrently against oil refineries in California and Hawaii by U.S. EPA. Five of the eight have been settled to date.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Glenn of U.S. EPA, 415-744-1589/


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