ConocoPhillips Loses Fight Over Refinery Emissions

Law360, New York (March 15, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT) -- The Supreme Court of California on Monday upheld a lower court finding that air quality regulators failed to properly scrutinize emissions before approving a new diesel refinery at a ConocoPhillips Co. facility in Los Angeles.

California’s highest court dealt a heavy blow to ConocoPhillips, holding that the South Coast Air Quality Management District did in fact use the wrong analytical baseline values for air pollution levels, leading to a skewed finding that the project would not adversely affect the environment.

The opinion rebuked the agency’s decision...
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