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.
Chevron Level 1 Incident – Notification Only.
Event Category: Excess Flaring
Chemicals Released: Sulfur Dioxide
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind Direction: From: 194 SW
Visible flaring in southyard due to process unit upset.
This is a level 1 incident— Richmond Fire, CA (@RFDCAOnline) July 26, 2018