The Bay Area Air District launched the Technology Implementation Office in 2017 to serve as a catalyst for innovation by incentivizing disruptive, low-cost technologies that combat climate change by reducing GHG emissions from both mobile and stationary emission sources.
Working to further protect public health from air toxics, the Air District developed and the board adopted Regulation 11, Rule 18: Reduction of Risk from Air Toxic Emissions at Existing Facilities. This new regulation is the most health protective of its kind in the nation, which will reduce toxic air emissions from facilities ranging in size from large-scale factories and oil refineries to smaller operations like back-up generators and gas stations.
In collaboration with UC Davis, the Air District conducted a methane study by airplane over a variety of types of methane sources in the Bay Area region, including landfills, refineries, sewage treatment plants, and dairies, and found higher levels of methane than were previously reported from some source types. These findings will help support new methane rule development strategies.
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