NRDC files critical comments on environmental review report for biofuel conversion in refinery


SAN FRANCISCO – The NRDC and a coalition of partners filed technical comments on the draft environmental review of the world’s largest biofuel refinery conversion project today.

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is designed to ensure that agencies consider the full range of environmental effects of large impact projects of this nature. Comments submitted today noted a host of environmental issues that were not addressed by Contra Costa County in its CEQA review of impacts related to the Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed Project and the Refinery Renewable Fuels Project. of Marathon Martinez, both of which would convert the crude oil refining process. refining biofuels.

Coalition comments pointed to the likelihood of an increase in flaring, the use of massive amounts of oils from food crops (such as soybeans) and a range of other issues that point to an inadequate EA. .

Here is the reaction of Ann Alexander, senior lawyer for the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council):

“If an oil company wants you to approve the largest refining project of its kind in the world, using potentially accident-prone technology and capable of devouring a significant fraction of the country’s soybean oil supply, you better be more certain than you ‘I asked the right questions before I said’ yes’. The county’s draft environmental impact report doesn’t even come close to asking those questions.


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