Our five Bay Area refineries, known in the trade as "stationary emitters," account for 40% of our regional industrial and commercial emissions. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) bears primary regulatory responsibility for analyzing and reducing their emissions of criteria air pollutants, toxic air contaminants and greenhouses gases.
With the recent infrastructure and crude oil feedstock changes in our refineries, we face a significant potential increase in all of them.
But there is encouraging news on this front. BAAQMD staff has just sent its Board members a draft Resolution to adopt a Petroleum Refinery Emissions Tracking Rule 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 their large emitting sources. This was the core ask of the coalition that's been pushing BAAQMD hard since Chevron's 2012 refinery fire, a lobbying effort that builds on decades of persistent and painstaking grassroots work led by Communities for a Better Environment.
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 hearing—and for the Board members who have been its champions.
Meet at the Bobby Bowens Progressive Center at 1021 Macdonald Ave in Richmond at 8:30 a.m. if you want to carpool or take BART to the hearing with fellow travelers.
939 Ellis St
San Francisco, CA 94109
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