The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is planning to finalize a rule that would reduce pollution from Chevron and PBF (formerly Shell) oil refineries in Richmond and Martinez, California — some of the largest refineries in the world. Regulation 6 Rule 5: Particulate Emissions from Refinery Fluidized Catalytic Cracking Units a.k.a. Cat Cracker Rule 6-5’s original vote was set to take place on June 2nd but was delayed due to the amazing turnout by community during public comment. The BAAQMD vote has been rescheduled for July 21st, 2021.
If the Air District were to adopt the “cat cracker rule,” it would be a win-win policy for workers and the community. According to an analysis by the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation and Inclusive Economics, this policy would result in significant economic benefits, including creating thousands of community supporting jobs, through the installation of new technology to cut the pollution that has been blatantly harming communities of color.
Our researchers have been hard at work to develop fact sheets that can help you understand the different Economic Impacts, Air quality Improvements, and Myths v. Facts of the rule. Check them out:
Rule 6-5: A Commonsense Rule Requiring a Common Technology Fact Sheet “Both refineries ignore the fact that wet gas scrubbing is common, already in use at a majority of refineries across the country – including the majority of PBF’s own facilities across the country. And yet, PBF opposes the use of this technology for their Bay Area refinery, even though its use is standard for the company. Four of PBF’s Five Other Refineries Already Use Wet Scrubbers.”
Economic Benefits of Rule 6-5 Fact Sheet “The procurement and installation of wet gas scrubbers will yield thousands of engineering, construction, and other installation jobs, upwards of 4,600 jobs between the two refineries. While BAAQMD has not analyzed these job creation benefits (as they are not required under state law), these are regional, community supporting jobs that would be created through the passage of this proposed rule.”
Improving Air Quality for Environmental Justice Communities Fact Sheet “The more stringent rule would… advance environmental justice. People of color are unjustly and disproportionately exposed to these emissions. Latinx and Black people are exposed to FCCU PM2.5 at rates 1.4 and 2.6 times higher, respectively, compared to their proportion of the Bay Area population.”
Rule 6-5: Myths and Facts “Rule 6-5 will improve public health and save lives, particularly in environmental justice communities, while creating thousands of jobs. However, the refineries have been spreading misinformation about this rule in a last-ditch effort to confuse politicians, and ultimately pass a weaker, more dangerous rule at a deadly cost to residents’ lives. The refineries and oil industry have a history of deception, manipulating information only to protect their profits at all costs. To straighten out the record, here are some of the most egregious lies, twisted facts, and the truth about them.”
Join the meeting on July 21st from 8:30am-5pm
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We all need to push the Air District to adopt the strongest rule possible. Send an email to all of the BAQQMD board members by July 21st at 8am and demand a healthy breathing environment for every Bay Area resident.
Cat Cracker Rule 6-5 media…
- San Francisco Chronicle: Big Oil has fouled the Bay Area’s air for too long. You can put a stop to it this week
- East Bay Times: Refinery rules would improve Bay Area health
- Latino Rebels: Opinion: A Commonsense Rule to Promote Clean Air and Boost California’s East Bay Area Economic Recovery
- San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area air quality board delays vote on controversial anti-pollution rules
- Mercury News: Editorial: Bay Area Refinery Rules Would Improve Environment and Health
- Mercury News: Opinion: Curb Refinery Emissions to Address Bay Area Air Pollution
CBE Press Releases on Cat Cracker Rule 6-5
- (San Francisco, CA Monday, June 1, 2021)– Black and Brown Bay Area communities polluted by refineries call for adoption of new rule to protect public health and sustain and grow jobs