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The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meeting on August 25, 2017 for Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1118.1 - Control of Emissions from Non-Refinery Flares. The purpose of this rule is to reduce emissions from flaring at non-refinery facilities, including alternate uses of gases. The proposed rule is expected to impact 260 flares from 128 facilities.

The rule would require the installation of newer flares implementing Best Available Control Technology at sources such as landfills, wastewater treatment plants, and oil and gas production facilities. Alternate uses of flare gas would be encouraged, especially for facilities that, for example, would clean it for use as a transportation fuel, process it to become pipeline-quality dry natural gas, or direct it to equipment that can convert its energy into power and/or heat. The meeting focused on preliminary findings from multiple site visits, emphasizing the potential opportunities and challenges of implementing PAR 1118.1 at different types of facilities. The governing board hearing for this rule is currently targeted for spring 2018.

The next working group meeting will be held on October 24, 2017. For more information regarding compliance with the proposed rule changes, please contact our Irvine office at (949) 567-9880 or the District's website.