One rule proposed by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District board last week would cap Bay Area refinery emissions based on their current levels and force refineries to disclose the grades of crude oil they use.
In addition, the board directed its staff to come up with strategies to cut Bay Area refinery emissions by 20 percent, or as much as feasible. The staff’s recommendations must be presented to the board no later than December, and would require a vote of the 22-member board to be adopted.
Guy Bjerke, Bay Area manager of the Western States Petroleum Association, said refinery managers are willing to look for ways to cut emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, but balk at the idea of an emissions cap for each facility if it restricts operations.
Bjerke added that setting that kind of cap would undercut the operating permits that the district has already given Bay Area refineries.