On August 8, 2013 the BAAQMD Board passed a Resolution Opposing the KXL Pipeline. We were there.
Current BAAQMD permits allow more Canadian Tar Sands refining and higher GHG and other pollutant emissions.
The Board must adopt Refinery Caps Rule 12-16 to honor it's own KXL Pipeline Resolution and cap refinery emissions to prevent new Tar Sands refining.
Bay Area residents have been pushing the Air District for close to four years to get the Air District to cap refinery GHGs, particulate, and other air pollutant emissions. Behind closed doors, BAAQMD attorneys are telling the Board they don't have the legal authority to do this. Attorneys from Communities for a Better Environment, the Sierra Club, and a former Air District Counsel say otherwise, but have been stopped from presenting their case to the Board. Only steady public presence, month after month and year after year, has forced staff to put a draft Refinery Cap Rule before the Board for consideration. However, staff has presented the draft Cap Rule, 12-16 as an alternative to a proposed Health Risk Rule, which will require a very long, drawn out process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Refinery Cap Rule is straightforward, with little to no CEQA issues.
This must not be allowed to drag on any further. In October, BAAQMD Board Member Rebecca Kaplan got a motion passed requiring staff to update the Board on the CEQA requirements for each rule separtately, with the understanding that if the timelines are not really the same for each proposed rule, that they be considered separately.
Our message: The Board should move on adopting Refinery Caps Rule 12-16 ASAP, with no more foot dragging.
Not capping refinery emissions would be hypocritical in light of the Board's stated opposition to Keystone XL Pipeline.
Please show up and speak up, Wednesday, December 7
375 Beale St
San Francisco, CA 94105
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