Bay Area Refinery Emissions Caps Delayed


(Richmond Refinery, Photo: Robert Durell)

The BAAQMD staff did it again...they attempted to introduce new wording (since the May 31 BAAQMD Board meeting) into the Rule 12-16.  Those changes would have implemented weak caps on GHG emissions on the refineries that in some cases would continue to allow significant GHG emissions.  

At the June 21 meeting, the entire climate movement community from all around the Bay let the Board and staff know that these last minute changes were not acceptable.  And many of the Board members were also dismayed with the last minute changes.

As a result of this confusion, the Board was forced to postpone their vote on Rule 12-16 until the newly proposed changes and the original 5/31 provisions can be compared and then communicated to the Board, the climate movement and the general public. It may be as late as September until the new date for the final vote is set.

On the positive side of this delay, the Board and the climate community are now in agreement on several key aspects of this struggle;

  • The BAAQMD Board will adopt a refinery GHG emissions rule

  • It likely will be the first regional such rule in the nation

  • The effect of that rule will be to severely restrict the Bay Area refineries from importing dirty tar sands

  • The oil industry is most likely to sue the BAAQMD under any circumstances that places real limits on emissions, and the version that we would like to see implemented is defensible in the courts

There is much for 350 Silicon Valley and other climate movement groups to do this summer to keep this decision moving to a satisfactory conclusion.  We have 5 of the BAAQMD Board members in cities in the Silicon Valley and we plan to re-double our efforts to get their votes.  

Come to our next Legislative Team meeting (RSVP) to get engaged in this and other state and regional climate laws and regulations.



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