Rules Under Development

Find information on the Air District's rule development efforts, including draft rule documents, opportunities for public participation, and public workshop materials.

The Air District develops rules and regulations to improve local air quality and protect the health of Bay Area residents.

The Air District’s process for creating and modifying rules and regulations involves developing technical assessments, hosting stakeholder meetings and public workshops, developing draft rules and amendments, and evaluating potential impacts of the rule.

Throughout the rule development process, upcoming events, notices, materials, and reports will be available online for individual rules currently under modification or development.

New rules and amendments that have been adopted by the Air District's Board of Directors can be found in the list of Current Rules. Recently adopted rules and amendments include:

AB 617 Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule

AB 617 requires air districts to implement Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) on pollution sources located at facilities subject to the Cap-and-Trade program. The Air District is currently developing an Expedited BARCT Implementation Schedule to meet these requirements.

Rules Under Development

Note that the Air District is currently updating the structure of the Rule Development section of the website, and information on all rules under development may not be listed immediately. Additional information will be posted as this update progresses.

 Rule #Rule NameExpected Hearing Datetable-mobile-only-column
Regulation 6 Rule 5Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking UnitsDecember 19, 2018
Regulation 6 Rule 5
Expected Hearing Date:
December 19, 2018
Next Upcoming Event:
Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM
Watch/Listen:
Webcast not yet scheduled
Description:
The purpose of these amendments is to clarify exemptions and rule provisions.
Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM

Watch/Listen

Webcast not yet scheduled

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of these amendments is to clarify exemptions and rule provisions.

Regulation 6 Rule 7Roofing Asphalt4th Quarter 2017
Regulation 6 Rule 7
Rule Name:
Expected Hearing Date:
4th Quarter 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Regulation 6 Rule 8Bulk material storage and handling4th Quarter 2017
Regulation 6 Rule 8
Expected Hearing Date:
4th Quarter 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of the new set of rules and amendments under Regulation 6 is to reduce emissions of particulate matter from commercial and industrial sources.

Regulation 11 Rule 10Hexavalent Chromium Emissions from All Cooling Towers and Total Hydrocarbon Emissions from Petroleum Refinery Cooling TowersDecember 19, 2018
Regulation 11 Rule 10
Expected Hearing Date:
December 19, 2018
Next Upcoming Event:
Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM
Watch/Listen:
Webcast not yet scheduled
Description:
The purpose of these amendments is to modify and clarify exemptions; modify and clarify leak monitoring, action, and reporting requirements; and remove requirements for Best Modern Practices and associated reporting.
Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM

Watch/Listen

Webcast not yet scheduled

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of these amendments is to modify and clarify exemptions; modify and clarify leak monitoring, action, and reporting requirements; and remove requirements for Best Modern Practices and associated reporting.

Regulation 12 Rule 15Petroleum Refining Emissions TrackingDecember 19, 2018
Regulation 12 Rule 15
Expected Hearing Date:
December 19, 2018
Next Upcoming Event:
Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM
Watch/Listen:
Webcast not yet scheduled
Description:

The purpose of these amendments is to modify and clarify definitions and rule applicability, emission calculation methodologies, emission inventory review and approval requirements and procedures, fence-line monitoring plan requirements, procedures for updating guidelines, crude slate reporting requirements, and confidential information designation procedures.

Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
 

Next Upcoming Event

Board of Directors Special Meeting
12/19/2018 09:00 AM

Watch/Listen

Webcast not yet scheduled

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734

Description

The purpose of these amendments is to modify and clarify definitions and rule applicability, emission calculation methodologies, emission inventory review and approval requirements and procedures, fence-line monitoring plan requirements, procedures for updating guidelines, crude slate reporting requirements, and confidential information designation procedures.

Regulation 12 Rule 16Petroleum Refining Greenhouse Gas Emissions LimitsJune 21, 2017
Regulation 12 Rule 16
Expected Hearing Date:
June 21, 2017
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this rule is to set numeric limits on refinery emissions of greenhouse gases.

Rule Status:
Proposed
Contact:
  • Gregory Nudd
  • Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive
  • 415.749.4786
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Proposed

Contact

  • Gregory Nudd
  • Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive
  • 415.749.4786

Description

The purpose of this rule is to set numeric limits on refinery emissions of greenhouse gases.

Regulation 13Climate PollutantsN/A
Regulation 13
Rule Name:
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this regulation is to establish uniform definitions and requirements for regulating emissions of greenhouse gases and related pollutants.

Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.8435
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.8435

Description

The purpose of this regulation is to establish uniform definitions and requirements for regulating emissions of greenhouse gases and related pollutants.

Regulation 13 Rule 1Significant Methane ReleasesN/A
Regulation 13 Rule 1
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:

The purpose of this rule is to address emissions from large scale methane releases across all sources in the Bay Area.

Rule Status:
Draft
Contact:
  • William Saltz
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4698
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Draft

Contact

  • William Saltz
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4698

Description

The purpose of this rule is to address emissions from large scale methane releases across all sources in the Bay Area.

Regulation 13 Rule 2Organic Material HandlingN/A
Regulation 13 Rule 2
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize emissions of methane and odors from facilities processing organic materials.
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize emissions of methane and odors from facilities processing organic materials.

Regulation 13 Rule 3Composting OperationsN/A
Regulation 13 Rule 3
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Next Upcoming Event:
No upcoming events scheduled.
Watch/Listen:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of volatile organic compounds, methane, and odors from composting operations.
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
 

Next Upcoming Event

No upcoming events scheduled.

Watch/Listen

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of volatile organic compounds, methane, and odors from composting operations.

Public Workshops and Materials

View scheduled dates for workshops and hearings on proposed rules. 

Note that as as of June 1, 2017, information regarding rule development regulatory workshops and public hearings will be consolidated onto the individual pages for rules under development that are linked from the table above . The Regulatory Workshops and Public Hearings pages will serve only as a source of archived historical information.

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Gregory Nudd
Deputy Air Pollution Control Officer, Executive

415.749.4786

Victor Douglas
Manager, Rules & Strategic Policy

415.749.4752

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Last Updated: 11/2/2018