Historic Vote this Wednesday
Refinery Emissions Cut Resolution
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board will vote for an unprecedented Resolution to Cut Bay Area Refinery Emissions this Wednesday, October 15th, in San Francisco. Your presence will show that the Bay Area cares about cutting refinery pollution.
The Bay Area is home to five of the dirtiest oil refineries in California.
These five companies produce twice as much gasoline and diesel than we even use in our region. They spew pollutants of every sort, including huge carbon emissions, damaging the health of their neighbors and the health of our planet. For far too long, people living in communities surrounding the Bay Area's refineries have paid a heavy price in their health and well-being for these over-producing and under-regulated behemoths.
This past Friday, BAAQMD staff sent Air District Board members a draft Resolution that will include a commitment to require the refineries to reduce emissions, including GHGs, by 20% or show that they have the best emission controls available on ALL the large emitting sources.
The Refinery Cuts Resolution is the result of persistent and painstaking grassroots work led by Communities for a Better Environment and local organizing efforts in each town, such as Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community, later joined by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Idle No More, Forest Ethics, the Sunflower Alliance, the Sierra Club and others.
The Refinery Emissions Cut Resolution, if passed as proposed or even improved, will be a clear grassroots victory over the refineries. Hopefully this is the first of many victories to come, as we put the brakes on extreme crude coming into the Bay Area and eventually wind the whole industry down.
Deep cuts in refinery-related emissions are necessary for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to actually accomplish its Mission:
"To protect and improve public health, air quality, and the global climate."
Our strong presence at this meeting will demonstrate community enthusiasm for aggressive emissions control. Please attend to show your support for the historic resolution that comes to a vote at this meeting—and for the Board members who have been its champions.
GO HERE for WEBCAST LINK and AGENDA to watch from your computer or mobile device.
939 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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