Fight for Emission Caps on Refineries - BAAQMD Board Mtg

The process to get the staff, and particularly Jack Broadbent, who leads this agency, to actually follow through on the Resolution passed in 2013 by the Board that states clearly the goal of placing a cap on CO2 emissions and even reducing emissions below current levels is still being delayed.  Once again it did not get on the agenda for this Board Meeting.  But we can go and continue to remind them that the climate crisis continues despite their delays.

We must try to get them to make sure this item is on the agenda for the May 18th Board Meeting and protest any effort to delay further by demanding an emergency meeting if they try to cancel the May 18th meeting.  June has already been cancelled.

The April 20th meeting will consider several other regulations, which, yet again, fail to take the necessary and easily doable steps of protecting our communities.  A regulation on Phillip 66’s coke processing facility, fails to implement “Best Available Control Technology”.  This facility is the area’s largest source of sulfur dioxide – the Air Quality district is settling for a 30% reduction in emissions, when proven technology is readily available to achieve an 80% reduction.

The Board will also vote on refinery emissions monitoring. This weak regulation still allows refineries to self-monitor their fence line and refinery emissions (though it does support community off-site monitoring).  It still allows refineries to hide their tar sands transitions by labeling incoming crude oil composition “proprietary”.

Come join us and all our allies (Sunflower Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, APEN, and the Sierra Club, etc.) to push for these items as well as express support for the Climate Protection Committee's report back on the 10 point Climate Action Work Program Implementation and the Regional Climate Protection Strategy (See pg. 18 and following)


April 20, 2016 at 9:30am - 11:30am
Air District Headquarters
939 Ellis St
7th Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94109
United States
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Ken Jones · · 415 935-9030
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