Regulation 13 Rule 5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants

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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 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 hosted a scoping meeting held in a virtual format on Tuesday, July 27, 2021, and accepted comments on the revised rule language and CEQA NOP/IS through July 30, 2021.

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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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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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Draft Rule 13-5: Petroleum Refinery Hydrogen Plants (updated September 2020)
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Last Updated: 2021/10/15