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BAAQMD vote: GHG cap or massive increase?
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 1:30 am - 6:00 am
Air District staff seem to think it’s OK to add another refinery in the Bay Area and call it a cap. That’s essentially what the Board would allow if the latest revisions to Rule 12-16 Refinery Emission Caps are adopted. Staff is asking the Board to rubber stamp and codify a 24.4% rise in Bay Area refinery GHG emissions (from 16.6 million tonnes of GHG per year to a whopping 21.1 million).
Meanwhile the California Air Resources Board wants to reduce refinery emissions by 20%.
Air District staff’s so-called cap proposal utterly trashes the lofty climate goals just adopted in its own 2017 Clean Air Plan. This proposal makes absolutely no sense.
We need the GHG limits that were in Rule 12-16 when the staff proposed it at the beginning of this continued adoption hearing, on 31 May—the limits to cap emissions that the Board voted then to direct that staff bring for adoption on the 21st.
The Board must stay the course. We need to be there to make sure they do that. Please show up this Wednesday, June 21. Be there as early as 8:30 to get a seat in the Boardroom.