Regulation 13 Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants

Updated 9/13/2021

Learn about the Air District's development process for Regulation 13, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants, which would address emissions of total organic compounds (methane and volatile organic compounds) from petroleum refinery hydrogen plants 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 source-specific rule to address emissions of methane (a potent climate pollutant) and volatile organic compounds (a precursor to smog formation), which together is referred to as "total organic compounds" (TOC), in the Bay Area. Draft Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants (Rule 13-5) would limit vented emissions of methane and organic compounds from petroleum refineries' hydrogen production plants, hydrogen carrying systems, and hydrogen end users such as process units.

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. In consideration of comments received at the workshop, in writing, and during subsequent meetings between Air District staff and hydrogen plant operators, draft Rule 13-5 was revised to address concerns and comments raised by stakeholders. The Air District sought further comment on the revised version of draft Rule 13-5 and the associated Preliminary Staff Report, published in September 2020.

The Air District received comments on the September 2020 version of the revised draft rule and has subsequently updated the draft rule language to accommodate reasonable concerns related to definitions, testing methods, monitoring, reporting, and compliance timelines. The Air District has released a request for comments along with the updated draft rule language, as well as a Notice of Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report and an Initial Study (NOP/IS). Air District staff will host a scoping meeting, which will be held in a virtual format using Zoom on Tuesday, July 27, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Instructions to access the scoping meeting are available in the “Hearings, Workshops, and Other Events” section below.

The deadline for comments on the revised rule language for Draft Rule 13-5 is Friday, July 30, 2021. The deadline for comments relating to the environmental analysis of the NOP/IS also Friday, July 30, 2021.

Comments may be submitted to:

Jacob Finkle
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
Or by email to

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Regulation 13, Rule 5Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen PlantsQ4 2021
Regulation 13, Rule 5
Rule Name:
Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants
Expected Hearing Date:
Q4 2021
Rule Status:
Draft
Air District Staff Contact:
  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.8435
Comments Due:
7/30/2021
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Comments Due

7/30/2021

Rule Status

Draft

Air District Staff Contact

  • Jacob Finkle
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.8435

Description

N/A

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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7/27/2021Rule 13-5 CEQA Scoping MeetingNot yet available
 
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Event:
Rule 13-5 CEQA Scoping Meeting
Date & Time:
Tuesday, July 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Web Stream Only
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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

Watch/Listen

Watch/Listen
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

N/A

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
Watch/Listen:
Watch/Listen
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Agenda:
Not yet available
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Other Documents:
Rule 13-5 Workshop Notice
Event Contact:
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Event Description:
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Date & Time

Monday, January 27
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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View Full Calendar

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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CEQA Notice of Preparation and Scoping Meeting/Initial Study for Draft Regulation 13, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants
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Draft Regulation 13, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants (Updated June 2021)
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Request for Comments - Draft Regulation 13, Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants
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Preliminary Staff Report: Rule 13-5
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Preliminary Staff Report: Rule 13-5
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Draft Rule 13-5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants (updated September 2020)
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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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Martinez Refining Company (NOP/IS comments)
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Last Updated: 9/13/2021