Liz Kniss, Chair                                                                                                                  May 20, 2017
Board of Directors Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Dear Chair Kniss and Board of Directors,

On behalf of climate and social justice organizations and individuals from the Silicon Valley, we would like to express our support for BAAQMD’s draft Regulation 12, Rule 16, which would limit increases in facility-wide emissions from our five Bay Area refineries.  

While Santa Clara and San Mateo counties don’t have refineries in our backyards, the quality of our environment  is affected daily by greenhouse gas emissions and particulate matter from the East Bay oil refineries, and the future of our climate will be powerfully affected. We feel strongly that California must take the lead in preserving a livable climate.

We have reviewed information from the coalition of organizations from the East Bay in support of Rule 12-16.  We, along with the State of California Air Resources Board, appreciate the fact that adoption of Rule 12-16 could help to ensure that tar sands do not add to the state’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases and  toxic pollutants.

Rule 12-16 is currently the only one of the rules under consideration that establishes a baseline of current emissions, which can be implemented expeditiously to prevent future emissions increases, and which would address particulate matter—“still by far the air pollutant most harmful to public health in the Bay Area,” according to the BAAQMD.  Additionally, Rule 12-16 will have no negative impact on current refinery operations or jobs.

Thank you  for your commitment to a safer and healthier Bay Area. We urge you to adopt Rule 12-16.


From the Silicon Valley Climate Action Alliance and the following Silicon Valley organizations/organizations with members and staff in the Silicon Valley:

350 Silicon Valley, Nicole Kemeny, President
California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL), Will Scott, Program Director
Carbon Free Palo Alto, David Coale
Carbon Free Silicon Valley, James Tuleya, Board of Directors
Carbon Free Mountain View, James Tuleya, Board of Directors
Casa de Clara Catholic Worker, Fumiaki Tosu
Clean Water Action, Keith Nakatani ,Oil and Gas Program Manager
Climate Reality Project San Jose, Charlotte Bear
Cool Block Palo Alto, Sandra Slater, Director
Dean Democratic Club of Silicon Valley, Joel Masser, Corresponding Secretary
Green Party of Santa Clara County, Nassim Nouri, County Council
Mothers Out Front, Linda Hutchins-Knowles & Stacy Levy, NorCal Volunteer Coordinators
Move to Amend Santa Clara County, Ann Wilson and Eitan Fenson
Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC), Judy Plaska, Climate Action Committee Chair
Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action (PICA), Debbie Mytels, Chair
Peninsula Peace and Justice Center, Paul George, Director
Santa Clara County Move to Amend, Anne Wilson, Coordinating Council
Silicon Valley North chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL),chapter co-leads Lisa Danz,
Tim Dec, and Steve Hams
Social Action Committee, RWC Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
South Bay Progressive Alliance(SBPA), Richard Hobbs, Advisory Committee
Sustainable San Mateo County, Adrienne Etherton, Executive Director
TransForm, Chris Lepe, Silicon Valley Community Planner
Transition Palo Alto, Barbara Weinstein, Steering Committee