Fire officials: Excess flaring at Chevron refinery in Richmond

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Fire officials are warning of excess flaring at the Chevron Richmond Refinery Thursday morning. 

The flaring began due to an upset at a processing unit, according to officials. 

Authorities say there is no threat to the surrounding community. 

Statement from Chevron: 

The Chevron Richmond Refinery is experiencing some intermittent flaring activity this morning due to an upset at a processing unit. Our experts are working to address the issue and have issued a Level 1 Community Warning System alert. We do not anticipate any off-site impact and there is no need to shelter in place.

Flaring is an important part of keeping the Refinery running safely. Flares are a safety device used in refineries to relieve pressure during the refining processes and help keep our equipment and plants operating safely. We encourage you to visit www.fenceline.org/richmond to view real-time air quality data.

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