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Complaints Over Latest Flaring Event At Chevron Richmond Refinery

RICHMOND (CBS SF) – Four members of the public filed complaints with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District over flaring observed at the Chevron Richmond Refinery over the weekend.

The air district sent inspectors to the scene Sunday, and they are continuing to investigate the flaring, which Chevron said was caused by an upset in a process unit.

District spokeswoman Kristine Roselius said that so far, no notices of violation have been issued with regard to the incident, but detailed information about what chemicals were released into the air and why may not be available for months.

Roselius referred to flares as a safety device, burning very hot to protect public health by pushing the emissions high into the atmosphere to minimize their effect on nearby communities.

In a statement issued Sunday by Chevron spokesman Braden Reddall, the oil giant reassured neighbors that there was no environmental or health risk, and that flares are used to “relieve pressure during the refining processes.”

Members of the community interested in monitoring air quality around the refinery can do so at www.fenceline.org/richmond.

Sunday’s flaring is just the latest in a string of such occurrences, with eight flaring events reported in 2018 as well as incidents in January and February of this year. The latest reports of flaring

Air district officials have said each one is under investigation, but that in most of the 2018 incidents, the flares were burning off hydrogen, which burns very clean.

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Richmond High School Closed For 2nd Straight Day Due To Power Outage

RICHMOND (CBS SF) – Richmond High School will be closed Thursday after plans to finish repairs to faulty equipment overnight and reopen the school ran into complications, a school district spokesman said.

Power is still out at the school at 1250 23rd St. after an outage initially reported Tuesday that caused school to close early and remain closed on Wednesday, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

District officials planned to make overnight repairs and open the school on a modified schedule starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, but because of the complications in the overnight repairs, the school will remain closed through all of Thursday, district spokesman Marcus Walton said.

A generator is en route to the school to help provide temporary power, but it was not going to arrive and be installed in time for classes to start, Walton said.

The goal is for school to reopen on Friday, according to the district.

A separate power outage Tuesday affected about 3,025 customers in the surrounding neighborhood, according to PG&E spokeswoman Tamar Sarkissian.  Power in the area did not get restored until around 10 p.m., but power never came back on at the campus.

Sarkissian said that it’s unclear what caused the outage in the surrounding neighborhood, but the campus outage wasn’t related to PG&E equipment.

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Richmond High School To Resume Classes Thursday After Power Outage

RICHMOND (CBS SF) — School will resume on Thursday at Richmond High School and operate on a modified schedule, according to the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Classes were canceled for a day-and-a-half at the school due to a power outage apparently caused by faulty or damaged school equipment. School will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2:25 p.m. with one lunch period beginning at 12:35 p.m.

When it became clear Tuesday that the power would not be coming back on any time soon, the district canceled classes and sent students home. A separate power outage Tuesday night affected about 3,025 customers in the surrounding neighborhood, according to PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian.

Power in the area did not get restored until around 10 p.m.

“It’s my understanding that power in the area came back on in the evening,” district spokesman Marcus Walton said.

But the lights were never restored on campus.When school officials learned that power wouldn’t be restored to campus by Wednesday morning, they sent out a notice to families that students should stay home.

School district officials said the problem has been identified and repair personnel will be working through the night to complete repairs by early Thursday morning.

Sarkissian said that it’s unclear what caused the outage in the surrounding neighborhood, but the campus outage wasn’t related to PG&E equipment.

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