Regulation 13 Rule 5: Industrial Hydrogen Plants

Learn about the Air District's development process for New Regulation 13, Rule 5: Industrial Hydrogen Plants, which will address emissions of total organic compounds (methane and volatile organic compounds) from hydrogen plants operating 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 developed a new source-specific rule to address emissions of methane (a potent climate pollutant) and volatile organic compounds (a precursor to smog formation), which together are referred to as "total organic compounds" (TOC), in the Bay Area.

Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants, Rule 5: Industrial Hydrogen Plants (Rule 13-5) limits vented emissions of methane and organic compounds from hydrogen production plants and hydrogen carrying systems.

The Air District held a public workshop at its headquarters in San Francisco in January 2020 to present and discuss draft regulatory language for draft Rule 13-5, along with a workshop report. The Air District engaged stakeholders and sought public comment by publishing draft regulatory language in September 2020, June 2021, and January 2022. The Air District released a Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report and an Initial Study (NOP/IS) pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in June 2021, and subsequently released a Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) for a 45-day public comment period beginning January 24, 2022. Based on comments received after the January 2022 release of draft Rule 13-5 and associated documents, Air District staff revised draft Rule 13-5 to address concerns and comments raised by stakeholders, revising the Administrative Requirements and Monitoring and Records sections of Proposed Rule 13-5 along with additional clarifications. Air District staff published a notice of rescheduled public hearing and the revised version of draft Rule 13-5 on March 25, 2022 to allow further public comment.

The Air District Board of Directors held the rescheduled public hearing on May 4, 2022, and adopted Proposed New Rule 13-5 and proposed amendments to Rule 8-2, and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report pursuant to CEQA. Information on the public hearing can be found on this page under “Hearings, Workshops and Other Events”.  

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Regulation 13, Rule 5Industrial Hydrogen Plants5/4/2022N/A
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Regulation 13, Rule 5
Rule Name:
Industrial Hydrogen Plants
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5/4/2022
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Contact:
  • Victor Douglas
  • Manager, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.4752
 

Rule Status

Adopted

Contact

  • Victor Douglas
  • Manager, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.4752

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Hearings, Workshops and Other Events

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

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5/4/2022
Event:
Board of Directors Meeting
Date & Time:
Wednesday, May 4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Location:
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• Air District Headquarters
  375 Beale Street, Suite 600
  San Francisco, CA 94105

• Web Stream Options
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Date & Time

Wednesday, May 4
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

Hybrid Attendance:

• Air District Headquarters
  375 Beale Street, Suite 600
  San Francisco, CA 94105

• Web Stream Options
  Watch or Join to comment

Watch/Listen

Watch/Listen
Watch video with closed captioning and agenda
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Event Description

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Other Documents

Board Minutes

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7/27/2021Rule 13-5 CEQA Scoping MeetingNot yet available 
7/27/2021
Event:
Rule 13-5 CEQA Scoping Meeting
Date & Time:
Tuesday, July 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Location:
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Event Contact:
  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.8435
Event Description:
The Air District will discuss and receive comments on the scope and content described in the Initial Study prepared in anticipation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Login information is below:

Translation services are available upon request at least 72 hours prior to the workshop date. For language interpretation, contact Aneesh Rana at arana@baaqmd.gov, or 415-749-4914.
• Para información en español, llame al 415-749-4609
• 中文聯絡電話 415-749-4609
• Nói Tiếng Việt xin gọi 415-749-4609
 

Date & Time

Tuesday, July 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

Web Stream Only

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Archive link will be available 24-48 hours after event

Event Description

The Air District will discuss and receive comments on the scope and content described in the Initial Study prepared in anticipation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project. The meeting will be held via Zoom. Login information is below:

Translation services are available upon request at least 72 hours prior to the workshop date. For language interpretation, contact Aneesh Rana at arana@baaqmd.gov, or 415-749-4914.
• Para información en español, llame al 415-749-4609
• 中文聯絡電話 415-749-4609
• Nói Tiếng Việt xin gọi 415-749-4609

Other Documents

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Event Contact

  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.8435
1/27/2020Rule 13-5 WorkshopNot yet available 
1/27/2020
Event:
Rule 13-5 Workshop
Date & Time:
Monday, January 27
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Status:
Scheduled
Location:
Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Agenda:
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Other Documents:
Rule 13-5 Workshop Notice
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Date & Time

Monday, January 27
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

Bay Area Metro Center, Yerba Buena Room
375 Beale St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Watch/Listen

Watch/Listen
Watch video with closed captioning and agenda

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Rule 13-5 Workshop Notice

Event Contact

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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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Regulation 8: Organic Compounds, Rule 2: Miscellaneous Operations (Amendments Adopted 5/4/2022)
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Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants, Rule 5: Industrial Hydrogen Plants (Adopted 5/4/2022)
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CEQA Notice of Determination - Rule 13-5 and Rule 8-2
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CEQA Notice of Determination - Rule 13-5 and Rule 8-2
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Board Resolution (Draft) to Adopt Regulation 13, Rule 5 and Amend Regulation 8, Rule 2 and Certify a CEQA EIR
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Final Staff Report - Proposed New Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants, Rule 5: Industrial Hydrogen Plants and Proposed Amendments to Regulation 8, Organic Compounds, Rule 2: Miscellaneous Operations
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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.

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Charles Davidson
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Western States Petroleum Association
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Charles Davidson
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Last Updated: 6/13/2022