Refinery Rules Definitions

Learn about the Air District's process for amending definitions of Petroleum Refinery, Gasoline, and Liquid Petroleum Gas in several refinery rules of Air District regulations.

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.

Two of the five petroleum refineries in the Bay Area have submitted permit applications to modify the facility operation to process alternative feedstocks with the intention of producing “renewable” products.  These facilities use the term “renewable” to mean they will be producing fuel and other products by processing non-petroleum feedstocks.  Petroleum refineries are subject to a variety of Air District rules and regulations.  Some of these rules are exclusively applicable to petroleum refineries, and some of these rules are applicable to petroleum refineries as well as other facilities.  Most of these rules determine the applicability by using the definition of petroleum refinery.  There are also instances where a particular standard, requirement, or exemption is dependent on terms like fossil-derived, fossil-fuel, petroleum, and crude oil.

To ensure that the facilities that produce fuels and other products from non-petroleum feedstocks remain subject to and in compliance with the same emission standards and rule requirements that were in effect when the feedstock was petroleum based, the Air District is proposing amendments to the following rules:

RegulationRuletable-mobile-only-column
Regulation 3: Fees-
Regulation 3: Fees
Rule:
-
Regulation 6: Particulate Matter6-5
Regulation 6: Particulate Matter
Rule:
6-5
Regulation 8: Organic Compounds8-1, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8, 8-9, 8-10, 8-18, 8-28, 8-33, 8-39, 8-44, 8-53
Regulation 8: Organic Compounds
Rule:
8-1, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8, 8-9, 8-10, 8-18, 8-28, 8-33, 8-39, 8-44, 8-53
Regulation 9: Inorganic Compounds9-1, 9-10
Regulation 9: Inorganic Compounds
Rule:
9-1, 9-10
Regulation 11: Hazardous Pollutants11-10
Regulation 11: Hazardous Pollutants
Rule:
11-10
Regulation 12: Misc. Standards of Performance12-11, 12-12, 12-15
Regulation 12: Misc. Standards of Performance
Rule:
12-11, 12-12, 12-15

Without these proposed amendments to existing Air District Rules and Regulations, the facilities that change to non-petroleum operation may no longer be subject to the emission standards and other regulatory requirements that currently apply to them.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Air District has concluded that the proposed amendments are exempt under CEQA guidelines Section 15301, Class 1. The rule amendment would involve negligible or no expansion of an existing use. Actual emissions will not increase. Air District Staff will file a Notice of Exemption with the County Clerk after adoption by the Board of Directors.

The Air District’s Board of Directors will be conducting a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed amendments to refinery rules definitions on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. Information and instructions for joining the webcast will be available on the Air District website

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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Staff Report - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
Technical Support Documents 
Staff Report - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
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Proposed Rule Language - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
Regulatory Documents 
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Draft Socioeconomic Report - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
Technical Support Documents 
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Technical Support Documents
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Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions - Comments and Response Summary
Technical Support Documents 
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Technical Support Documents
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CEQA Notice of Exemption - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
Regulatory Documents 
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Regulatory Documents
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Public Hearing Notice - Amendments to Refinery Rules Definitions
Event Notices 
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Event Notices
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Last Updated: 9/16/2021