RICHMOND -- The Chevron oil company has agreed to pay $278,000 in penalties to a regional air pollution agency for 27 violations at its Richmond refinery over a period from 2011 to 2013.

The civil penalties are included in a settlement agreement between Chevron and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which announced the deal Thursday.

The settlement does not include violations from a huge 2012 Richmond refinery fire. Those were covered by a larger, separate settlement involving many regulatory agencies.

The 27 violations included vapor leaks, excess hydrogen sulfide concentrations in fuel gas, failure to obtain proper permits for petroleum storage tanks, and uncovered drains on a shipping wharf, the air district reported.

White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2012, the morning after Monday’s toxic fire in Richmond,
White smoke rises from the Chevron refinery during a controlled burn on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2012, the morning after Monday's toxic fire in Richmond, Calif. An investigation into what caused the fire is ongoing.. Heather Kulp, Chevron spokesperson, said the fire was caused by a vapor leak. (Laura A. Oda/Staff) ( Laura A. Oda )

The refinery has since corrected all the violations, officials said.

"We will continue to hold Chevron accountable when they fail to adhere to their permit requirements or comply with air quality regulations," Jack Broadbent, the air district's executive officer, said in a written release.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.



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