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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spent two days pouring over Chevron owned oil facilities in Alaska last week investigating possible air pollution violations.

Agents searched the facilities on Tuesday and Wednesday, Andres Ames a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice told Reuters, but declined to provide additional information.

Mickey Driver, spokesman for Chevron said the searches took place at the company’s Trading Bay production facility and Granite Point tank farm on the western side of Cook Inlet.

The EPA is investigation air-emission compliance at those facilities.

“We have been and will continue to cooperate with the US-EPA in this matter. We have been working cooperatively with the US-EPA since 20008 in responding to inquiries regarding the Trading Bay facility” Driver said.

Production from the fields was shut down for months last year because of repeated eruptions of the Redoubt Volcano. The 10,197 foot volcano began erupting last March, forcing the shutdown of a nearby oil-storage and loading facility that handled Granite Point and Trading Bay oil.

Oil production, which had been about 7500 barrels a day prior to the eruptions, resumed in August.

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