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Valero refinery fined nearly $200,000 over Suisun Bay spill

The Valero oil refinery in Benicia is facing nearly $200,000 in potential fines for spilling more than a million gallons of partially treated wastewater into Suisun Bay and Carquinez Strait, including excessive concentrations of selenium and cyanide, state regulators said Tuesday. A worker at the plant failed to open a valve on Jan. 18, causing 1.13 million gallons of industrial sludge to flow into the bay over a seven-hour period, according to a civil complaint filed by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.
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