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The Chevron refinery in Richmond, CA, is under watch after recent flaring episodes, the most recent of which occurred last Wednesday.

The March 6 episode, as well as flaring events that took place in January and February, were the result of electrical power outages during heavy rain storms, according to the Bay Area Air Quality Management.

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The regional agency is investigating each episode “to ensure public health is protected,” Bay Area Air Quality Management officials said.

Flaring also occurred because of a new hydrogen plan, according to the agency.

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Flares are “important safety devices” that burn refinery process gasses that would otherwise be directly released to the atmosphere, according to the news release.

Chevron is required to submit a “Flare Causal Report” detailing the cause of each incident and plans to prevent recurrent flaring.

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