Air District Operations

The Air District is taking steps to ensure Bay Area air quality and public health are protected while the shelter-in-place orders are in effect. Permits for businesses adjusting operations to aid in the public health response will also be expedited. Read more... | en Español

Air Quality Advisory

On Friday and Saturday, smoke from the August Complex Fire may impact the North Bay and parts of the East Bay, causing smoky and hazy skies. There is no Spare the Air Alert in effect and air quality is not expected to be unhealthy. See our hourly air quality data for the most up-to-date information, as well as Press Releases@AirDistrict, and our Wildfire Safety Tips web page.  Sign up for Bay Area Air Alerts.  en Español

Regulation 13 Rule 3: Composting Operations

Learn about the Air District's development process for Regulation 13, Rule 3, which would reduce emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations 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 suspending the formal rule development process for Rule 13-3: Composting Operations. The Air District will continue to collaborate with stakeholders to address these emissions through the development and evaluation of best management practices, monitoring methods, and potential emissions controls.

The Air District is suspending the formal rule development process for two rules targeting organic recovery operations: Draft Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling Operations; and Draft Rule 13-3: Composting OperationsThe aim of development of these rules is to minimize emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from facilities processing organic materials and is part of the Air District's Basin-Wide Methane Strategy (as outlined in the 2017 Clean Air Plan).

Prior to suspension of formal rule development on these rules, the Air District presented regulatory concepts in late 2018, followed by drafts of regulatory language in June 2019 and January 2020. Air District staff accepted public comments on these materials and held a series of stakeholder engagement meetings with Industry representatives across the spectrum of the Organic Recovery Sector. Throughout this process, the Air District received extensive comment from the affected industry, organic recovery advocacy groups, and municipal partners requesting further engagement to improve the draft rules.

While the formal rule development process is on hold, the Air District will continue stakeholder engagement to the extent feasible through the formation of an Organic Recovery Technical Working Group composed of Air District staff members, representatives from this industrial sector, industry associations, technical experts, non-governmental organizations, other governmental agencies, and community representatives and advocates. The purpose of the Technical Working Group is to establish a forum for collaboration with stakeholders on technical issues, such as best management practices, data gathering and monitoring methods, and potential emissions controls. Stakeholder input and feedback gathered from these discussions will be invaluable to the Air District as we move forward in our efforts to ensure emissions from these sectors are well understood and methods for emission reductions are fully evaluated.

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Regulation 13, Rule 3Composting OperationsN/A
Regulation 13, Rule 3
Rule Name:
Composting Operations
Expected Hearing Date:
N/A
Rule Status:
Conceptual
Air District Staff Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Comments Due:
N/A
Description:
The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.
 

Comments Due

N/A

Rule Status

Conceptual

Air District Staff Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048

Description

The purpose of this rule is to minimize and control emissions of methane and volatile organic compounds from composting operations.

Hearings, Workshops and Other Events

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

A series of workshops on the development of Rule 13-3 and other rule development activity for climate pollutants, odors, VOCs, and toxics was held in late 2018.

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11/8/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/8/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status:
Scheduled
Location:
3355 Noble Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132
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Agenda:
Not yet available
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Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 8
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

3355 Noble Avenue
San Jose, CA 95132

Watch/Listen

Web streaming not available

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

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Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

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Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/7/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/7/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Wednesday, November 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status:
Scheduled
Location:
Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568
Watch/Listen:
Web streaming not available
Agenda:
Not yet available
:
Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Wednesday, November 7
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

Shannon Community Center
11600 Shannon Avenue
Dublin, CA 94568

Watch/Listen

Web streaming not available

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/5/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsNot yet available
 
11/5/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Monday, November 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status:
Scheduled
Location:
City of Martinez Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA 94553
Watch/Listen:
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Agenda:
Not yet available
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Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Monday, November 5
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Status

Scheduled

Location

City of Martinez Council Chambers
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA 94553

Watch/Listen

Web streaming not available

Event Description

N/A

Other Documents

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
11/1/2018Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, ToxicsWorkshop Agenda 11/1/18 - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics


Workshop Presentation - Regulation 13: Climate Pollutants


Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-1: Significant Methane Releases


Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Rule 13-3: Composting Operations
 
11/1/2018
Event:
Public Workshop - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics
Date & Time:
Thursday, November 1
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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Event Contact:
  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048
Event Description:
N/A
 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 1
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

Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

Also available in:
中文 | Tagalog | Español | tiếng Việt

Event Contact

  • Robert Cave
  • Senior Air Quality Specialist, Community Engagement and Policy
  • 415.749.5048

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 13 Rule 2 and Rule 3 - FAQ
Technical Support Documents 
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Workshop Presentation - Rule 13-2: Organic Material Handling and Rule 13-3: Composting Operations
Technical Support Documents 
Type:
Technical Support Documents
Description:
N/A
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Description

N/A

Regulation 13 Rules 2 and 3 - Concept Paper
Technical Support Documents 
Regulation 13 Rules 2 and 3 - Concept Paper
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Technical Support Documents
Description:
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Workshop Flyer - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

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Workshop Notice - Rule Development for Climate Pollutants, Odors, VOCs, Toxics

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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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