The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) proposed two new draft regulations; Regulation 12, Rule 16: Petroleum Refining Facility Wide Emissions Limits (BAAQMD Rule 12-16), and Regulation 11, Rule 18: Reduction of Risk from Air Toxic Emissions at Existing Facilities (BAAQMD Rule 11-18). The purpose of BAAQMD Rule 12-16 is to place annual caps on certain criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the following petroleum refineries and refinery-related facilities in the BAAQMD.
- Chevron Products Company (Richmond),
- Phillips 66 Company – San Francisco Refinery (Rodeo),
- Shell Martinez Refinery (Martinez),
- Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company (Martinez),
- Valero Refining Company – California (Benicia),
- Air Liquide (Richmond),
- Air Products (Martinez), and
- Martinez Cogen LP (Martinez).
The purpose of BAAQMD Rule 11-18 is to set toxic air contaminant (TAC) emission caps for existing facilities which are causing the highest health impacts in the BAAQMD, and re-assess these facilities' health risks to the nearby communities. BAAQMD is hosting several open houses throughout the Bay Area to discuss draft BAAQMD Rule 11-18. More information on the dates and times of the open houses can be found here.
A detailed summary of the proposed rules can be found here, and copies of the draft rules can be downloaded from BAAQMD's website here. BAAQMD is accepting comments on the draft rules until December 2, 2016. If you have any questions or concerns on the draft rules, or would like assistance with comment preparation, please contact Trinity's Oakland office at (510) 285-6351, or email Melissa Hillman.