Chevron Refinery-Castro Cove

State TrusteeState of California
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
AO Bureau

Also Known As

Incident Type

Chemical

State

California

Case Status

Restoration

Location

San Francisco Bay

Authority

Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Threatened and Endangered Species

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$2,850,427.88

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$2,858,052.30

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$0.00

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

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Case Description

Chevron USA, Inc. (Chevron) owns and operates a petroleum refinery in Richmond, California. Prior to 1987, the refinery discharged wastewater directly into Castro Cove, a small embayment within San Pablo Bay. Although the wastewater discharge was relocated outside of Castro Cove in 1987, some of the sediments inside the Cove had elevated levels of contaminants, including mercury and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In 2007 and 2008, Chevron complied with an order issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board and removed the most contaminated sediments within Castro Cove. Chevron also accepted the Trustees’ invitation to conduct a cooperative Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The goal of the NRDA was to assess injuries to natural resources and plan restoration to compensate for the injuries. The Trustees reached a settlement with Chevron in 2010. The settlement provided $2.85 million for implementation, monitoring and oversight of tidal restoration projects. Projects that improved the ecological function of impaired tidal marsh habitats in San Pablo Bay would compensate for the loss of natural resource services resulting from the contamination of sediments in Castro Cove. The Trustees, with input from the public, selected two restoration projects in the Final Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (June 2010). The Trustees provided funds for restoration at 1) East Bay Regional Park District’s Dotson Family Marsh Restoration project (formerly Breuner Marsh) and 2) the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Cullinan Ranch Restoration project. Both projects restored tidal wetlands similar to the habitats injured in Castro Cove. All of the settlement funds have been spent.

Credit: Fish and Wildlife Service


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Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Factsheet

 Factsheet Castro Cove Trustee Council 2021 Final News Update 03/16/2021
 Factsheet Fact Sheet  

Administrative

 Admin Record Index Administrative Record 11/21/2008

Settlement

 Consent Decree Consent Decree 03/18/2010

Restoration

 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report 2018 03/31/2019
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report 2019 04/22/2020
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report 2019: Attachment I Aerial Imagery Review 04/22/2020
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report 2019: Attachment II Field Photo Monitoring 04/22/2020
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report: 2015 - 2017 Attachment I. Aerial Imagery Report 03/31/2018
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report: 2015 - 2017 Attachment II. Field Photo Monitoring 03/31/2018
 Restoration Monitoring Report Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project Monitoring Report: Years 2015 - 2017 03/31/2018
 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 06/01/2010

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Case Contact

San Francisco Bay-Delta Fish and Wildlife

Sacramento, CA | (916) 930-5603 | http://www.fws.gov/sfbaydelta/

Case Trustees

AO Bureau
Federal TrusteeDepartment of Commerce
State TrusteeState of California

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