NGOs sue city over approval of Paramount biofuel refinery expansion plans

May 17, 2022 |

In California, environmental justice and conservation groups sued the city of Paramount, California over its approval of a biofuel refinery expansion without adequate environmental review.

The lawsuit challenges the environmental review process for restarting the mostly shuttered petroleum refinery and converting it to produce biodiesel, biogas and “sustainable aviation fuel.” The groups say the review obscures the harms of processing 25,000 barrels of animal fat and vegetable feedstock per day, installing a 3.7-mile gas pipeline, and generating up to 50 railcar and 540 truck trips per day.

The refinery is in a high-density minority and low-income neighborhood, adjacent to Paramount High School and two elementary schools.

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