California Refinery Maintenance Reporting Guidelines


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Energy Commission
Document Title
California Refinery Maintenance Reporting Guidelines
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Adoption of California Refinery Maintenance Reporting Guidelines (Reporting Guidelines) pursuant to section 25354(n)(2) of the Public Resources Code to prescribe the manner in which refiners report maintenance activities as required under section 25354(n). On March 28, 2023, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill (SB) X1-2 (Stats. 2023, 1st Ex. Sess. 2023, ch. 1), which took effect June 28, 2023, and requires, among other things, refineries to notify any planned maintenance and turnaround activities (Public Resources Code section 25354(m).) Section 25354(n)(2) authorizes the CEC to adopt guidelines prescribing the manner in which the CEC shall implement the collection of the maintenance and turnaround information under 25354(m). The CEC developed these guidelines to implement and approved their adoption.

Contact Information

Chester Hong
Agency Name
Job Title
Legal Assistant
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


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Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 15306 of title 14, chapter 3 of the CCR CEQA Reg.; “common sense” exemption ceqa Regs. Sec. 15061 sub (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The above-described Reporting Guidelines are not a project under section 15378(a) of the CEQA Regulations because adoption will not result in a physical change to the environment or in reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change to the environment. Rather, the Guidelines merely set forth the manner and form in which refineries shall submit information and clarify existing reporting requirements. Therefore, the activity is merely procedural in nature, as set forth in 15378(b)(2) of the CEQA Regulations. Relatedly, the Reporting Guidelines are exempt from CEQA pursuant to the Class 6 categorical exemption set forth in section 15306 of the CEQA Regulations because they merely outline procedures for “data collection.” Additionally, the activity is exempt under Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Regulations because there is no possibility that the activity may have a significant effect on the environment.


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