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I also removed the text about flaring, because it did not seem to relate to this article in any substantial way. If you feel this was bad judgment on my part, please add it back in with some relation to the city of Benicia.
Finally, I recognize that not everyone in Benicia is fond of the refinery, as with any industrial complex "in your back yard". However I do not think it is neutral (or fair) to try and single out Valero as a bad citizen. Let's not forget that the the United States Army was responsible for most of the "State Response" sites in the industrial park, some of which are still being cleaned up today (see California DTSC report). Furthermore it is my understanding that this refinery is rated among the safest in the nation by OSHA, and considerably "cleaner" than any of its neighbor refineries in the region.
In the interest of full disclosure, I grew up in Benicia, and am related to a former employee of this refinery Dgstangel (talk) 00:05, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Whoops - sorry. Despite what I wrote above, apparently I forgot to actually commit the changes I described. I have done so now- sorry for any confusion. Dgstangel (talk) 07:40, 18 December 2008 (UTC)