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Air District keep the promise: Regulate GHGs in Permits

December 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Just this past April the Air District Board adopted its ambitious 2017 Clean Air Plan and Regional Climate
Protection Strategy. The 2017 Plan includes a goal to regulate GHGs during the permit process. Amendments to the Permit Rules are up for adoption at a Public Hearing December 6. Yet the Permit Rule revisions contain no meaningful GHG regulation. The only changes proposed are administrative changes demanded by EPA.

The proposed improvements to current permitting rules do nothing to control future CO2, methane, black carbon or other GHG emissions.  They would allow continued rubber stamping of dangerous projects—like the proposed expansion of crude-by-ship into the Phillips 66 marina at the Rodeo refinery.  These “improvements” would fail to prevent the increased emissions that inevitably follow from changes to dirtier, more GHG- and toxics- emitting crude sources.

On December 6, we want the Board to direct staff to continue working on the rules after the Board adopts the ‘EPA amendments’ and not close the book. What we want:

  • Incorporate regulation of GHGs into permit application procedures for new and modified sources. 
  • Phase out PM 2.5 emission trading in the Permit Rules to protect local communities.

You can read 350 Bay Area’s formal comment letter on the proposed Permit Rule amendments comments here.

We need lots of people at the December 6 Board meeting, RSVP if you plan to attend.


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December 6
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Janet Stromberg