Regulation 13 Rule 2: Organic Material Handling Operations

Learn about the Air District's development process for Regulation 13, Rule 2, which would reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from organic material handling 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 rule to address emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from facilities processing organic materials in the Bay Area. Draft Regulation 13, Rule 2: Organic Material Handling Operations aims to minimize these emissions, and is part of the Air District's Basin-Wide Methane Strategy (as outlined in the 2017 Clean Air Plan).

At a series of workshops held in late 2018, the Air District presented initial rule concepts for Rule 13-2, along with other rule development efforts addressing emissions from the Organic Recovery Sector. In June 2019, the Air District hosted another series of workshops on Climate Pollutants and presented a workshop report and draft version of Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Composting Operations. The Air District received extensive comment from the affected industry, organic recovery advocacy groups, and municipal partners requesting further engagement to improve the draft rule. 

The Air District staff, in consideration of comments received, separated the previous draft Rule into two rule development efforts: draft Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling Operations and draft Rule 13-3: Composting Operations. Draft Rule 13-3 will be further developed, with a second round of workshops in the second quarter of 2020 and an anticipated date for consideration by the Board of Directors in the fourth quarter of 2020. 

The Air District released draft Rule 13-2 and issued a Request for Comments. Comments will be accepted through February 28, 2020

Comments can be submitted to: 

Robert Cave

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

375 Beale Street, Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94105

Or by email to

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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January 2020 Update - Draft Regulation 13, Rule 2: Organic Material Handling Operations
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Request for Comments - Rule 13-2 Report
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Workshop Report - Draft Regulation 13, Rule 2: Organic Material Handling and Composting Operations
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Draft Regulation 13, Rule 2: Organic Material Handling and Composting Operations
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Workshop Flyer - Climate Pollutant Regulations
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Last Updated: 1/29/2020