Refineries are the Bay Area's largest industrial sources of climate destroying and air pollution emissions. The Air District is hosting workshops on three refinery rules in late March. Rule 11-18 proposes how the region will comply with new State requirements for Air Toxics. Rules 12-16 and 13-1 are proposed in direct response to four years of public pressure to rein in refinery pollution and keep Tar Sands bitumen and other extreme fuels out of the Bay Area. 350 Bay Area will soon have comments on these rules and will help with questions and talking points. Briefly here are the rules proposed:
- Regulation 11, Rule 18 aims to reduce potential health risks from toxic air emissions at hundreds of existing Bay Area facilities.
- Regulation 12, Rule 16 proposed by a coalition of advocacy organizations, would place a numeric cap on greenhouse gas and other emissions at refineries.
- Regulation 13, Rule 1 is the first in a series of regional rules that address greenhouse gases and related pollutants. Rule 13-1 would cap the carbon intensity per barrel of crude oil refined at each Bay Area refinery.
ALERT! As described in the Air District's Draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, Draft Rule 13-1 would allow refiners to increase their carbon intensity by purchasing allowances in the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) pollution trading market. This accounting scheme does not ensure local reductions of PM, GHGs, and TACs, shirking the Air District’s core mission to protect public health and climate—and perpetuating the refining industry’s own shirking, the externalization of its costs as damages to public health and climate borne by all of us. The purpose of a carbon intensity rule should be to hold the line or decrease carbon intensity at refineries, not pretend to set a limit then provide a means to avoid the limit and allow more tar sands to be processed.
At the workshops, you can speak with Air District staff, hear a presentation about the proposed rules, ask questions, and offer comments. Please attend if you can.
10350 Torre Ave
Cupertino, CA 95014
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