City of Paramount Releases Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for Renewable Fuels Project in Town

 The City of Paramount has released a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) that analyzed the environmental impacts of converting the Paramount refinery (located at 14700 Downey Ave.) into a renewable fuels production facility, eliminating the refining of crude oil. Under World Energy, LLC, Boston based AltAir currently operates the site.

The conversion project will transform the remaining crude oil operation into a  renewable fuels production facility, producing up to 25,000 barrels per day. AltAir aims to eliminate the refining of crude oil, support use of renewable jet fuel, diesel, gasoline and propane, and reduce mobile fuel emissions. The project is expected to add approximately 30 jobs to the current 100 at the plant.

“Publishing this Draft SEIR is an important milestone as we look to address our regional air quality standards,” said Planning Director John Carver. “We look forward to working with the community to address feedback and questions surrounding the project.”

The initial California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and permitting efforts were approved by the City of Paramount under Conditional Use Permit (CUP) 757, and new and modified air permits were issued by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). 

AltAir’s renewable products are expected to provide a source of energy in support of California and Federal Low Carbon Fuel Standards. AltAir currently supplies renewable gasoline, diesel and jet fuel to fleet services such as UPS, United Airlines, Boeing, the Department of Defense and several California municipalities and school systems, reducing both truck and airline emissions.

The City is currently holding a public comment period that ends on February 3, 2022. Residents can also participate in a public meeting that will be held on January 5, 2022 at 6 p.m. at Paramount Park Community Center, 14400 Paramount Blvd., where they can express thoughts and comments on the project.

For more information, visit the City of Paramount’s website: 

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