Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Today the Air District’s Board of Directors unanimously adopted one rule and two new rule amendments, part of a larger overall suite of new refinery-focused regulations that further tighten air pollution controls on petroleum refining activity in the Bay Area.

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The new rules and amendments are: 

  • Amendments to Regulation 8 (Organic Compounds), Rule 18 (Equipment Leaks), will broaden standards to include all equipment handling heavy liquids.
  • Amendments to Regulation 11 (Hazardous Pollutants), Rule 10 (Hexavalent Chromium and Total Hydrocarbon from Petroleum Refinery Cooling Towers), will reduce organic compounds, toxics and methane by requiring rapid detection, minimization and repair of leaks.
  • New Regulation 6, Rule 5 (Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units), will establish new limits and control requirements.

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Last Updated: 8/3/2023