Air District hears public comment on refinery rules

BAAQMD-logo.jpgThe Bay Area Air Quality Management District will host a series of public workshops on two new proposed rules:

draft Regulation 12, Rule 15:
Petroleum Refining Emissions Tracking

draft Regulation 12, Rule 16:
Petroleum Refining Emissions Analysis, Thresholds and Mitigation

The first of the two proposals, draft Regulation 12, Rule 15: Petroleum Refining Emissions Tracking, would gather emissions inventory and crude oil composition information from Bay Area refiners and increase air monitoring activities at the refinery fence lines and in nearby communities.

The second proposal, which is a companion to and complements Rule 12-15, draft Regulation 12, Rule 16: Petroleum Refining Emissions Analysis, Thresholds and Mitigation, would require refiners to mitigate emissions increases of criteria toxic pollutants above established baseline emissions or risk levels.  Dates, times, and locations of the four workshops are listed as follows:

Monday, March 16, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Benicia Senior Center
187 East L Street



Tuesday, March 17, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Madeline F Whittlesey Community Room

Richmond Public Library 25 Civic Center Plaza



Wednesday, March 18, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Contra Costa County Chambers

651 Pine Street


San Francisco*

Friday, March 20, 2015 10:30 AM - Noon 

Air District Board Room, 7th Floor

939 Ellis Street  

* This meeting will be webcast


The draft proposals and supporting documents are available on the Air District website at the following URL: For additional information or to submit comments, please contact Eric Stevenson, at (415) 749-4695 or via e-mail at


Written comments, submitted by U.S. mail or electronic mail, are requested by close of business, Friday, March 27, 2015.