Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization moves forward as Council releases final draft EIR

The City of Richmond has released the final draft of the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project’s final Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which is available at

The publication of the EIR marks a significant step closer to a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. It also reinforces the project’s many benefits for this community and our workforce. The Richmond Refinery Modernization Project will reduce pollution overall, make the refinery safer and create job opportunities for local residents.

Chevron says response from the Richmond community continues to be very positive. Public support for the project, it says, is strong with more than 70% of Richmond residents favoring modernization in a recent public opinion survey.

The City Council has also taken two steps that reflect the positive steps toward modernization.

Last week, the Richmond City Council passed a resolution calling on the Planning Commission to take timely action on the Richmond refinery modernization project.  Additionally, Richmond City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would enable important projects like the Richmond refinery modernization project to be considered in a timely and consistent manner. This action would put Richmond in line with other Bay Area cities that require timely action on important civic projects.

The City of Richmond is expected to make a final decision on the Chevron Richmond Refinery Modernization Project this summer and, until then, there will be numerous opportunities to learn about its efforts to create a newer, safer, cleaner refinery. Visit for a project overview or to voice your comments and questions.