SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Air regulators say mistakes were made in communicating with the public during a fire at Chevron Corp.'s Richmond refinery, and are working to improve pollution monitoring during emergencies.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District on Monday held a public meeting to discuss its response and the myriad investigations into the Aug. 6 fire that started after a leak in an old pipe.
District executive officer Jack Broadbent says the initial, incorrect assertion that all air quality samples taken near the refinery fire were safe "clearly fell short," since thousands sought medical attention after the fire.
The district is looking at new, mobile air-monitoring stations.
Chevron says the damaged refinery is still producing fuels at a reduced rate, and it's working with officials to improve local air monitoring.
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