Approximately 74,000 pounds of sulfur have been released into the atmosphere since the Valero Benicia Refinery shutdown on May 5, according to a report the company submitted to the California Office of Emergency Services. On May 5, a disruption at the refinery led to a power outage. After power was restored, a large plume of […]
Fire Chief Jim Lydon delivered a preliminary report on the May 5 Valero Refinery incident at Thursday’s City Council meeting which prompted additional questions by residents. On the morning of the incident, Valero’s Benicia refinery experienced a power outage as Pacific Gas & Electric was doing maintenance on power lines. The outage resulted in black […]
The real public safety issue At a recent City Council meeting, an elected official reaffirmed disapproval of storefront cannabis dispensaries, citing public safety concerns. I can find no credible evidence to sustain a view that crime goes up when cannabis dispensaries are introduced in a neighborhood. To the contrary, many notable sources, including the FBI, […]
A highly useful class I would like to thank the Benicia Fire Department for the excellent BERT (Benicia Emergency Response Team) training they provided, free of charge, to interested members of our community. I was part of Class No. 31, and for six weeks attended a three-hour class each Monday night. This past Saturday, March […]
Valero Benicia Refinery has agreed to pay $183,000 to settle seven notices of violation that took place December 2010, Tom Flannigan, Bay Area Air Quality Management District administrative analyst, said.