The four-year struggle to limit pollution from Bay Area oil refineries is at a critical juncture. On June 15th, we can convince our allies on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board to demand that our Community-Worker Proposal for enforceable numerical emission limits on toxics, particulate matter, and greenhouse gases be implemented this year in the Air District’s proposed rule process.
The BAAQMD staff’s report promotes their three proposals for positive steps in reducing energy use and methane emissions along with our call for “caps” (limits)—but implementing their approach will take years. We need an immediate cap on emissions of greenhouse gases and dangerous particulate matter to stop the current flow of tar-sands oil to the Bay Area from becoming a flood. We are pushing the Board to demand that staff present a finished rule proposal with caps in September, so public comment periods and final votes can be completed before the end of the year.
We need a massive public turnout for the public comments section of this BAAQMD meeting to insure our Board allies meet our goals.
Tuesday, June 14, 1:00 p.m.: Press Conference at the BAAQMD offices on Beale St. See below for address and directions. Bring signs and banners if you have them!
Wednesday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.: BAAQMD Board Meeting
Arrive at 9:00 to get a seat in the main conference room.
375 Beale St. Suite 600, S.F.
Note new meeting location. BAAQMD has relocated to new offices, a 15-minute walk down Beale St. from the Embarcadero BART station. To carpool or offer a ride, contact Andrés Soto, 510-282-5363, andres at cbecal.org.
You can find detailed information to use in your speaking points in the following documents:
Talking Points (Updated summary of key talking points)