Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed Project
On August 13, 2020, Phillips 66 submitted an application for a land use permit to implement the Rodeo Renewed Project (“Project”). The objective is to transform the existing Rodeo Refinery into a facility that converts renewable feedstocks into renewable diesel, renewable components of other transportation fuels, and renewable fuel gas through the use of existing refinery process units.
The renewable feedstocks will be non-hazardous and non-regulated materials as defined in 40 CFR Part 172.
Renewable feedstocks will be primarily delivered across the Marine Terminal. Renewable feedstocks will also be delivered to the Rodeo facility using the existing railcar infrastructure, modified to reflect the elimination of butane exports. Existing equipment will also be modified to enable the offloading of local renewable feedstocks by tanker truck. Upon completion of the Project the Rodeo facility will no longer process conventional or nonconventional crude oils, will operate fewer fired heaters, and will no longer export butanes across the existing rail rack.
The Project includes other changes to Phillips 66's facilities. The Santa Maria facility in San Luis Obispo County that currently provides crude oil feedstocks to the Rodeo facility will be idled and decommissioned. The existing Phillips 66 crude oil pipeline network from the gathering fields in central California to the Rodeo facility will no longer be necessary to support the reconfigured facility and will be active, but out of service. To account for the idling of the Santa Maria facility and to maintain production levels during the transition process, the Project proposes to increase deliveries of crude oil across the Marine Terminal on a short-term and transitional basis. An increase of deliveries across the Marine Terminal would require a modification of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District permit for the Rodeo Refinery. This interim increase is not a Marine Terminal expansion, nor does it require any physical construction. Once the Rodeo Renewed Project is complete, the Marine Terminal will end crude oil deliveries.
October 24, 2023
In June 2022, a CEQA lawsuit was filed in the Contra Costa County Superior Court challenging the certification of the 2022 EIR and the approval of the Project. (Communities for a Better Environment, et al., v. County of Contra Costa, et al., Contra Costa County Superior Court Case No. N22-1080.) On July 21, 2023, the Superior Court, the Honorable Edward G. Weil presiding, issued a Statement of Decision in which the Superior Court remanded to the County for reconsideration three issues in the 2022 EIR . On August 23, 2023, the Superior Court entered judgment and issued a peremptory writ of mandate to the County to decertify the 2022 EIR and to conduct further environmental review in compliance with CEQA to remedy the three issues identified in the Statement of Decision. On October 12, 2023, the Superior Court reaffirmed its Statement of Decision, allowing the Land Use Permit to remain in place and allowing Project construction activities, and ruled that the judgment would be modified to enjoin Project operations until further order of the Court.
On October 24, 2023 the Board of Supervisors decertified the 2022 EIR and directed staff to address the issues identified in the Statement of Decision in a Revised EIR. The Notice of Availability (link), Draft Revised EIR (link), and Appendices (link) are posted on the County website. The comment period will begin on Tuesday, October 24 at 2023 and extends to Friday, December 8, 2023 at 4:00 PM.
May 3, 2022
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project at their May 3, 2022 hearing. The meeting minutes will be posted on the Board's website when available (link).
The County Planning Commission's decision to approve the Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed project was appealed and heard before a Special Meeting the Board of Supervisors on May 3, 2022.
View Appeal Letter (PDF)
View Staff Report and attachments in the May 3, 2022 Board of Supervisors agenda
March 15, 2022
Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) was posted. The project will be heard by the County Planning Commission on March 30, 2022 at 5:00 PM.
Special Meeting of the County Planning Commission - March 30, 2022 - Meeting Agenda (PDF)
Phillips 66 Rodeo Renewed Project Staff Report (PDF)
The Agenda and Staff report are available on the County Planning Commissions webpage. The Planning Commission meeting agenda, with staff reports, will be posted not later than 96 hours prior to the start of the meeting.
October 14, 2021
A Notice of Availability for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) was posted. The comment period will begin on Monday, October 18 at 2021 and extends to Friday, December 17, 2021 at 4:00 PM.
December 21, 2020
A Notice of Preparation / Notice of Scoping Meeting for the Draft Environmental Impact (DEIR) was posted.
November 3, 2020
The application is currently under review and a decision on the project has not yet been made by the County.
The County is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the purpose of assessing the proposed project’s impacts on the environment.
Once completed, a Draft EIR will be circulated for public review and comment.
Upon completion of the EIR, the project will be scheduled for a public hearing to consider adoption of the EIR and a decision on the project.
Revised Draft EIR October 2023
Final EIR (FEIR)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 2 - List of Commenters (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 - Agency Comment Letters and Responses, Ltr 01-17 (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 - Individuals Comment Letters and Responses, Ltr 51-85 (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 - Master Responses (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 - Organization Comment Letters and Responses, Ltr 18-35 (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 - Organization Comment Letters and Responses, Ltr 37-50 (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 3 NRDC Comment Letters and Responses, Ltr 36 (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Chapter 4 - Text Changes to DEIR (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Appendix A - Mitigation Monitoring and Report Program (PDF)
- Rodeo Renewed Project FEIR Appendix B Air Quality and GHG Emissions Technical Data (PDF)
Individual DEIR Sections
- Table of Contents (PDF)
- Executive Summary (PDF)
- 1.0 Introduction (PDF)
- 2.0 Summary of Environmental Impacts (PDF)
- 3.0 Project Description (PDF)
- 4.0 Environmental Setting, Impacts, and Mitigation Measures (PDF)
- 4.01 Resources Areas Eliminated from Further Analysis (PDF)
- 4.02 Aesthetics (PDF)
- 4.03 Air Quality (PDF)
- 4.04 Biological Resources (PDF)
- 4.05 Cultural Resources (PDF)
- 4.06 Energy Conservation (PDF)
- 4.07 Geology and Soils (PDF)
- 4.08 Greenhouse Gas Emissions (PDF)
- 4.09 Hazards and Hazardous Materials (PDF)
- 4.10 Hydrology and Water Quality (PDF)
- 4.11 Land Use and Planning (PDF)
- 4.12 Noise and Vibration (PDF)
- 4.13 Transportation and Traffic (PDF)
- 4.14 Tribal Cultural Resources (PDF)
- 4.15 Wildfire (PDF)
- 4.16 Solid Waste (PDF)
- 4.17 Environmental Justice (PDF)
- 5.0 Alternatives Analysis (PDF)
- 6.0 CEQA Statutory Sections (PDF)
- 7.0 Report Preparation (PDF)