The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) recently held a public workshop on the new draft District Regulation 13, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Systems (Rule 13-5) on January 27, 2020. The proposed rule would limit vented emissions of methane and organic compounds from petroleum refinery hydrogen systems during startups, shutdowns, malfunctions, and upsets as well as from hydrogen carrying systems and hydrogen end users such as process units. The proposed rule would require affected facilities to either capture and reuse methane-containing gas in refinery gas fuel systems or to use abatement technology which must meet control efficiency standards. Abatement technology must meet a control efficiency standard of 98 percent hydrogen for existing systems and 99.99 percent hydrogen for new systems. Existing refinery systems which vent gas with a minimum hydrogen purity of 98 percent would be exempt from the requirements of the proposed rule.
Interested parties can follow the Rule 13-5 rule development on BAAQMD's website and submit comments to William Saltz by February 14, 2020. For questions specific to your facility, please contact Trinity Consultants at (510) 285-6351.