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The Greka South Cat Canyon facility produces, treats, stores, and ships oil and gas. These processes involve equipment (tanks, internal combustion engines, boilers, dehydrators) that emits toxic air contaminants. Additionally, fugitive hydrocarbons, which contain certain toxic air contaminants, are emitted from the piping, connections, and other plumbing on the site.
Risk "Driver" Pollutants
Acrolein and formaldehyde are the risk driver pollutants for the acute non-cancer risk. The primary risk driving devices are field gas-fired internal combustion engines.
The links provided, if available, to the USEPA Unified Air Toxics Web Site Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
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Other Toxic Pollutants Emitted by this Facility
The following pollutants are emitted during oil processing, storage, and transfer, but are not the primary contributors to the facility’s significant risk status.
The primary goal of notification under the Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Program is to inform potentially exposed individuals of significant health risks associated with toxic air emissions routinely released from facilities in Santa Barbara County. The first public notification letter for this facility was sent to the affected public on April 26, 1999. Public notification was not required for the 2003 inventory year as the only significant risk was on a public roadway. No residents or businesses are within the significant risk isopleth.
Because this facility’s health risk assessment indicates a significant risk, the facility operator is required to conduct an airborne toxic risk reduction audit and develop a plan to implement airborne toxic risk reduction measures.
The Greka South Cat Canyon facility submitted a Risk Reduction Audit and Plan on March 12, 2014. This plan was conditionally approved by the District on March 28, 2014. The conditional approval required that Greka submit a permit application for the permanent removal of five internal combustion engines. The permit application was submitted on July 7, 2014.
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