Final Decision this Tuesday on Chevron Plant Upgrade

chevron-tanks-bay-2.jpgThe Richmond City Council will conduct its second day of public comment on the Chevron plant upgrade on Tuesday, July 29th, followed by questioning of the appellate and staff. The Council now plans to have its final vote on the project at this meeting.

If you submitted a speaker card but, because of the large number of others who wished to speak, did not have an opportunity to address the Council at the July 22nd meeting, you may do so this Tuesday.

On July 22, Chevron agreed to Alternative 11, a plant operating scenario that will result in no physical increase in GHGs. The Richmond Planning Commission set additional conditions of approval that fall into 3 broad categories.

  • Stricter pollution emission standards. These standards apply to levels and monitoring of TACs (toxic air contaminants) and VOCs (volatile organic compounds).
  • A more thorough upgrade of parts of the refinery that handle highly corrosive high-sulfur crude oil. It was the corrosion of a particular pipe—a condition that Chevron failed to replace despite warnings by inspectors—that caused the ‪Aug. 6, 2012‬ fire and explosion, shown above. (Photo by ‪Stephen Lam, SF Chronicle.‬ See an animation produced by the US Chemical Safety Board illustrating the findings of its investigation.)
  • A requirement that the company and the city negotiate a Community Health and Wellness Agreement.

Planning Commission's Conditions of Approval

Download the text of the Conditional Use Permit approved unanimously by the Richmond Planning Commission.

July 29, 2014 at 6pm - 11pm
Richmond Auditorium
403 Civic Center Plz
RIchmond, CA
United States
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