27 Nov Smoke at Chevron Refinery Caused by Flaring Activity After Power Loss
Heavy smoke was seen Monday over Richmond. Chevron says it was caused by flaring that resulted from a power outage. (Ana Tellez-Witrago for Richmond Confidential)
By Bay City News
Smoke was seen over the Chevron refinery in Richmond on Monday afternoon due to a partial loss of power that caused flaring activity, which involves controlled burning of waste gases.
“Our employees are working quickly to minimize and stop the flaring,” Chevron said in a 4:18 p.m. post on Facebook.
The company said there was no need for action from the public, but that a level 1 community warning had been issued because of the visibility of the smoke.
“Flares are highly regulated safety devices and are an important part of keeping the Refinery running safely,” the company said.
Real-time air quality can be seen at richmondairmonitoring.org, a site maintained by Chevron.
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