RICHMOND -- The draft environmental impact report for Chevron's highly anticipated $1 billion refinery modernization plan is available for public review and comment.

The project includes replacing a 1960s hydrogen plant with modern technology that is safer, cleaner and 20 percent more energy efficient, Chevron said in a news release. The company says the project also will give the refinery flexibility to process crude oil blends and gas oils containing higher levels of sulfur, while meeting environmental regulations.

The report, prepared by a team of consultants hired by the city of Richmond, can be found at www.chevronmodernization.com.

Public workshops on the report are planned from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 2 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. A Planning Commission study session is planned at 6:30 p.m. April 3, and a City Council public comment hearing at 6:30 p.m. April 17, at the City Council chamber, 440 Civic Center Plaza.

A previous modernization attempt by the refinery was halted in 2009 when a judge ruled the company's environmental report fell short in explaining the changes in crude that would be processed and outlining plans to mitigate greenhouse gases. The revised project is smaller in scope.



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