The Refinery’s Environmental Department sponsors our skilled and dedicated Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) group, whose team members are responsible for inspecting 300,000 refinery equipment components every quarter. That impressive number includes valves, pumps, connectors, wells, tanks, and cooling towers, as well as sewers and drains that are part of the Refinery’s Oily Water system. The inspection program is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD).
According to Jose A. Montenegro, Refinery LDAR coordinator, “Identifying, reporting, and promptly repairing equipment and components that are found to be emitting is important. Keeping our products within the pipes and minimizing exposure to the atmosphere helps keep the air we breathe clean.”