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Regulation 6 Rule 5

Learn about the Air District's development process for amendments to Regulation 6, Rule 5, which are part of a set of amendments that would provide revisions to existing refinery rules.

Find out about the status and anticipated timeline of the rule development process. Information on hearings, workshops, and other events is provided below, along with supporting documents and materials.

Regulation 6, Rule 5: Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units was adopted by the Air District Board of Directors in December 2015. Rule 6-5, along with other refinery rules, was challenged by three of the five Bay Area refineries in a lawsuit in 2016, Valero, et al. v. Bay Area Air Quality Management District. In March 2017, the parties to the lawsuit entered an enforcement agreement and agreement to stay litigation for these refinery rules. The agreement includes provisions for the Air District to modify implementation of the rules and subsequently develop corresponding amendments to the rules.

The Air District is developing amendments to Rule 6-5 to clarify rule exemptions and provisions. These amendments are being developed along with amendments to Rule 11-10 and Rule 12-15.

The Air District released a CEQA Notice of Preparation and Initial Study (NOP/IS) for the project and is accepting comments through September 7, 2018

The Air District released an Initial Staff Report and draft amended Rule 6-5 and is accepting comments through September 21, 2018.

The Air District has released a Notice of Public Hearing and a Notice of Completion/Notice of Availability for a CEQA Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the project. An updated Staff Report (along with emissions calculations in Appendix 4) and the proposed rule amendments are available as well. Comments are being accepted through December 7, 2018.

Comments and questions on the CEQA DEIR should be submitted to:

Guy Gimlen
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Or by email to

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Regulation 6 Rule 5Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking UnitsDecember 19, 2018
Regulation 6 Rule 5
Rule Name:
Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units
Expected Hearing Date:
December 19, 2018
Rule Status:
Proposed
Air District Staff Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
Regulation:
Regulation 6
Comments Due:
12/7/2018
Description:
The purpose of these amendments is to clarify exemptions and rule provisions.
 

Comments Due

12/7/2018

Rule Status

Proposed

Regulation

Regulation 6

Air District Staff 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.

Hearings, Workshops and Other Events

Throughout the rule development process, we provide information on upcoming and past workshops, hearings, and other events.

The Air District held a CEQA scoping meeting on August 20, 2018, to discuss and accept comments on the scope and content described in the NOP/IS. The Air District will be presenting proposed final draft documents for the Refinery Rules Package (Rules 6-5, 11-10, and 12-15) to the Board of Directors for consideration at the December 19, 2018 Public Hearing.

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CEQA Initial Study Scoping Meeting - Amendments to Refinery Rules
Date & Time:
Monday, August 20
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Location:
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San Francisco, CA 94105
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Event Contact:
  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
Event Description:
CEQA Initial Study Scoping Meeting for amendments to refinery rules (Rule 6-5, Rule 11-10, and Rule 12-15)
 

Date & Time

Monday, August 20
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Scheduled

Location

375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Watch/Listen

This meeting will not be webcast

Event Description

CEQA Initial Study Scoping Meeting for amendments to refinery rules (Rule 6-5, Rule 11-10, and Rule 12-15)

Other Meeting Documents

Amendments to Refinery Rules CEQA Notice of Preparation/Initial Study

Event Contact

  • Guy Gimlen
  • Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.4734
12/19/2018Board of Directors Meeting Not yet available
 
12/19/2018
Event:
Board of Directors Meeting
Date & Time:
Wednesday, December 19
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Location:
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Date & Time

Wednesday, December 19
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Scheduled

Location

375 Beale Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

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Webcast not yet scheduled

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Documents

Supporting materials, such as staff reports, regulatory language, and other technical documents related to rule development, are posted throughout the development process.

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Rule 6-5 Proposed Rule Amendments
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Staff Report - Refinery Rules
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Appendix 4, Staff Report - Refinery Rules
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Draft Environmental Impact Report - Refinery Rules
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Comments

The Air District provides opportunities for the public to submit comments throughout the development process, and posts comments received during the open public comment periods.

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Guy Gimlen
Principal Air Quality Engineer, Rules & Strategic Policy

415.749.4734

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Last Updated: 10/22/2018