BAAQMD Reviews Its Permitting Rules, December 6
December 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
For the first time in many years, BAAQMD (the Bay Area Air Quality Management District) is considering a series of revisions to their permitting process, Rules 2-X. Please join us at this Board of Directors meeting to ensure the passage of permitting rules that truly prevent increased future emission of carbon dioxide and toxic co-pollutants. Talking points will be provided before the meeting.
The Air District’s past record of permitting indicates a bad habit of rubber stamping “stationary source” projects that endanger community health and destabilize the climate. Can that behavior be reformed?
Unfortunately, BAAQMD is once again using the recent passage of AB 398 (the cap and trade extension bill) to argue that they are prohibited from passing any direct regulation of CO2 emissions. Although the bill specifically restricts Air Districts from taking actions that produce CO2 reductions, BAAQMD legal staff says this prevents them from pursuing efforts that would prevent future emission increases.
The proposed improvements to current permitting rules do nothing to control future CO2 emissions. As a result, continued rubber stamping of dangerous projects like the proposed expansion of crude-by-ship into the Phillips 66 marina at the Rodeo refinery could continue. These “improvements” fail to prevent the increased emissions that will inevitably follow from changes to dirtier, more GHG- and toxics- emitting crude sources.
You can read 350 Bay Area comments here.
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