More than 15,000 people sought medical help from air pollution after the Chevron oil refinery fire in Richmond last year.
As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, several lawmakers say polluters should pay more for air quality violations.
Under current law, the maximum penalty for air quality violations is only $25,000 even when negligence can be demonstrated.
Democratic Senator Loni Hancock says in cases like the Chevron oil refinery fire, it should be more. She represents the Bay area where she says the average fine for a violation is just $500.