Regulation 13 Rule 3: Composting Operations

Learn about the Air District's development process for Regulation 13, Rule 3, which would reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations in the Bay Area.

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.


The Air District is developing a new rule to address emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting facilities. Draft Regulation 13, Rule 3: Composting Operations aims to minimize these emissions, and is part of the Air District's Basin-Wide Methane Strategy (as outlined in the 2017 Clean Air Plan).

At a series of workshops held in late 2018, the Air District presented initial rule concepts for Rule 13-3, along with other rule development efforts addressing emissions from the Organic Recovery Sector. In June 2019, the Air District hosted another series of workshops on Climate Pollutants and presented a workshop report and draft version of Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Composting Operations. The Air District received extensive comment from the affected industry, organic recovery advocacy groups, and municipal partners requesting further engagement to improve the draft Rule.

The Air District, in consideration of comments received, will be separating the draft Rule into two rule development efforts: draft Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling Operations and draft Rule 13-3: Composting Operations.

Draft Rule 13-3 will be further developed, with a second round of workshops in the second quarter of 2020 and an anticipated date for consideration by the Board of Directors in the fourth quarter of 2020.

The scope of draft Rule 13-2 will be limited to Material Recovery Facilities, Transfer Stations, and Chip and Grind facilities. Staff will be issuing a call for comments to the affected industries in mid-November of 2019 and will continue to develop the draft Rule for consideration by the Board of Directors in March/April of 2020.

 Rule #Rule NameExpected Hearing Datetable-mobile-only-column
Regulation 13, Rule 3Composting OperationsN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 3
Rule Name:
Composting Operations
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Air District Staff Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Comments Due:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.
 

Comments Due

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Air District Staff 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 methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.

Hearings, Workshops and Other Events

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

A series of workshops on the development of Rule 13-3 and other rule development activity for climate pollutants, odors, VOCs, and toxics was held in late 2018.

 DateEventAgendatable-mobile-only-column
Data pager
Data pager
1
Items per Page:
PageSizeComboBox
select
 4 items in 1 pages
11/8/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/8/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar
Status:
Scheduled
Location:
3355 Noble Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132
Watch/Listen:
This meeting will not be webcast
Agenda:
Not yet available
:
Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar

Status

Scheduled

Location

3355 Noble Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132

Watch/Listen

This meeting will not be webcast

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/7/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/7/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar
Status:
Scheduled
Location:
Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568
Watch/Listen:
This meeting will not be webcast
Agenda:
Not yet available
:
Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Wednesday, November 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar

Status

Scheduled

Location

Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568

Watch/Listen

This meeting will not be webcast

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/5/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/5/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Monday, November 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar
Status:
Scheduled
Location:
City of Martinez Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Watch/Listen:
This meeting will not be webcast
Agenda:
Not yet available
:
Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Monday, November 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar

Status

Scheduled

Location

City of Martinez Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Watch/Listen

This meeting will not be webcast

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/1/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsWorkshop Agenda 11/1/18 - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics


Workshop Presentation - Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants


Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-1: Significant Methane Releases


Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Rule 13-3: Composting Operations
 
11/1/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar
Status:
Scheduled
Location:
Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94104
Watch/Listen:
:
Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Rules & Strategic Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 1
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
add to your calendar
View Full Calendar

Status

Scheduled

Location

Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94104

Watch/Listen

Webcast Archive

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

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

Documents

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

 DocumentTypetable-mobile-only-column
Data pager
Data pager
1
Items per Page:
PageSizeComboBox
select
 5 items in 1 pages
Regulation 13 Rule 2 and Rule 3 - FAQ
Technical Support Documents 
Regulation 13 Rule 2 and Rule 3 - FAQ
Type:
Technical Support Documents
Description:
N/A
:
 

Description

N/A

Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Rule 13-3: Composting Operations
Technical Support Documents 
Type:
Technical Support Documents
Description:
N/A
:
 

Description

N/A

Regulation 13 Rules 2 and 3 - Concept Paper
Technical Support Documents 
Regulation 13 Rules 2 and 3 - Concept Paper
Type:
Technical Support Documents
Description:
N/A
:
 

Description

N/A

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt
Event Notices 
Type:
Event Notices
Description:
N/A
:
 

Description

N/A

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt
Event Notices 
Type:
Event Notices
Description:
N/A
:
 

Description

N/A

Comments

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

There are currently no items available to display in this table. Please check back.
Spare the Air Status
Spare the Air Status
  • Sunday,
    10/13

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

  • Monday,
    10/14

    No Spare the Air Alert in Effect

Last Updated: 10/9/2019