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newsrel -- Long Beach company agrees to pay $254,100 fine for greenhouse gas emissions

Posted: 21 Jul 2014 16:10:06
Please consider the following news release from the California
Air Resources Board: http://bit.ly/1jSfjI8 


News Release 14-58

July 21, 2014

Dave Clegern
(916) 322-2990

Long Beach company agrees to pay $254,100 fine for greenhouse gas

THUMS Long Beach Company settles case over sulfur hexafluoride

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board today announced a fine of
$254,100 against THUMS Long Beach Company, an offshore oil and
gas production operation, for sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)
emissions. With a global warming potential of nearly 24,000 times
that of carbon dioxide, SF6 is an extremely powerful greenhouse

“It is imperative that industries conduct operations so that
emissions remain within allowable limits,” said Jim Ryden, Chief
of the Air Resources Board’s Enforcement Division. “These excess
emissions will remain in the atmosphere for 3,200 years.”

SF6 is used in some electric power systems as an insulator and
arc quencher for gas insulated switchgear (GIS). ARB’s SF6-GIS
regulation establishes emission rate limits for SF6 and requires
owners of SF6-GIS equipment to report their emissions each year. 

THUMS violated the regulation by submitting an inaccurate report
and by exceeding the 2011 SF6 emission rate limit. The company
has since eliminated its SF6-GIS equipment, and has no further
compliance obligations under the regulation. The company was
cooperative during the investigation and settlement process.

Excess greenhouse gas emissions disrupt regional climates. There
are many effects, which may include increased flooding, droughts
and forest fires, altered crop and fish yields, and human
health-related problems. To mitigate these changes the California
Legislature passed AB32, the California Global Warming Solutions
Act, which requires overall reduction of greenhouse gases to 1990
levels by 2020.

The settlement documents may be viewed here:

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