El Cerrito Progressives has learned that, on May 31st the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will hold an important hearing which considers the importance of issues that reflect the mien of Rule 12-16. Rule 12-16 would require transparency on local refinery emissions and set enforcement caps on the amount and degree of emissions, thus preventing any switch to heavier, dirtier crude oil such as tar sands.
BAAQMD appears to be seriously considering setting a cap on greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted by refineries. Supporters of Rule 12-16 look forward to a BAAQMD final vote on June 11th that will support caps on GHG emissions.
The hopeful news comes after four years of dedicated activism and relentless perseverance that has generated staff and Board support, along with recognition from the California Air Resources Board — the Executive Officer of which will attend the June 11th Board meeting.
Although the Rule 12-16 criteria for pollution regulation will not be specifically considered a the upcoming May 31st meeting, assurances are that the issue will be recognized at this meeting in respect to other rules, such as Rule 13-1 which addresses trip reduction requirements for large employers.
Supporters of Rule 12-16 are asking all who can to attend the Wednesday, May 31st BAAQMD Hearing. The large presence of West Contra Costa County residents will increasingly invigorate the Board towards implementing Rule 12-16. The meeting will be held:
Wednesday, May 31st
9 AM – 1 PM
375 Beale St., Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Between Folsom & Harrison)
Arrive as early as possible. If you would like to cede time as a speaker, you must arrive between 9:00 and 9:15 .
For more information on the BAAQMD Hearing, please see: This Changes Everything: BAAQMD Hearing on Refinery GHG Caps, May 31