Chevron Announces Installation of Community Air Monitoring Systems
Chevron U.S.A.’s Richmond Refinery (Chevron Richmond) in cooperation with the City of Richmond, is excited to announce that we have begun installation of the first of three offsite community air monitoring systems in the City of Richmond. The community air monitoring system is located in North Richmond and is expected to be collecting and reporting data in mid-September.
We have committed to implementing a Community Air Monitoring Program in the City of Richmond to help gather data and inform the public concerning air quality in the City. The Program has two components: fence-line monitoring at the Richmond refinery, and monitoring in three areas of the City – Pt. Richmond, North Richmond and Atchison Village.
Since early April 2013, we have been operating three fence-line air monitors and reporting data on the Richmond Community Air Monitoring Program website (www.fenceline.org/richmond<http://cts.vresp.com/c/?ChevronRichmondRefin/8e6fcfd227/238e73e1fa/ed606761b6>). The equipment has validated that air quality in Richmond is very good. There have been no detections above or near the toxicity limits set by the State of California. This is consistent with data collected by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which shows that Richmond’s overall air quality is among the best in the Bay Area and is similar to Marin County and better than Concord and Napa.
Chevron Richmond also has plans for two additional community air monitoring systems located in Point Richmond and Atchison Village. We have selected locations and are working with the property owners and vendors to have these systems installed and collecting high quality data as soon as possible.
Chevron Richmond is committed to reducing emissions from the Refinery, and we continually invest in new technologies to reduce our environmental footprint. By running plants efficiently and investing in new technologies, we have reduced criteria pollutant emissions by 86% since the late 1970s.Tags: air quality