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Less Pollution or Less Healthy?

Bay Area air regulators are set to vote on a proposal that would dramatically reduce the amount of pollution oil refineries are allowed to spew into the air.

Chevron and PBF Energy – with refineries in Richmond and Martinez, respectively – complain about the cost of installing “wet gas scrubbers.”

Even though the anti-pollution devices would apparently cost hundreds of millions of dollars, corporations complaining about financial pain is a tough sell in light of the health impacts communities surrounding the refineries have been suffering for too long.

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