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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its second working group meeting on June 13, 2017, for Proposed Rule 1180 – Refinery Fenceline and Community Monitoring. The purpose of this rule is to require monitoring of air pollutants for petroleum refineries to provide the public with accurate and real-time information about pollutant levels in their communities. The proposed rule is expected to impact seven petroleum refineries, including support facilities and asphalt plants.

This rule is being developed to streamline requirements in response to USEPA's fenceline monitoring rule, which requires all refineries to monitor and report benzene levels around their facility. Key elements of the plan will include public information, as well as community and fenceline monitoring of NOx, SO2, and BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and xylenes). Monitoring would take place near facilities, as well as near sensitive receptors. Each facility would be required to create a plan that would include the types of monitoring equipment, siting, and procedures for data quality assurance. The Governing Board hearing for this rule is currently set for the fourth quarter of 2017.

The next working group meeting will be held in July 2017. For more information regarding compliance with the proposed rule changes, please contact our Irvine office at (949) 567-9880 or visit the District's website.