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U.S. EPA to hold air permit open house and public hearing for Big West of California refinery project: Open house and public hearing scheduled for December 5

Release Date: 12/04/2007
Contact Information: Lisa Fasano 415-947-4307

SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency invites the public to provide oral comments at a public hearing tonight on a proposed air permit for the construction of a clean fuels project at the Big West of California, Bakersfield refinery. The EPA also invites the public to attend an informational open house in advance of the hearing to learn more about the project.

The open house and public hearing are scheduled as follows:

Date: December 5

Time: Open House: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Public Hearing: 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Location: Discovery Elementary School, Multipurpose Room
9500 Vaquero Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93308

Participants: U.S. EPA air permitting officials available to answer questions and take comments

Air emissions from the proposed project are subject to federal air pollution permitting laws for new emission sources under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration regulations of the Clean Air Act.

The proposed project would consist of new process units and supporting equipment at the existing Bakersfield refinery for the conversion of intermediate products into gasoline and diesel fuel that meets California Air Resources Board gasoline and diesel fuel specifications.

The EPA initially announced the start of the public comment period on the proposed permit and the planned open house and hearing on November 2, 2007. On November 30, 2007, the EPA announced a revision to the proposed permit to correct an error and at the same time extended the public comment period until January 7, 2008.

For more information about the project and proposed permit, visit:
http://www.epa.gov/region09/air/permit/r9-permits-issued.html

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