Community Notice/Upcoming Community Air Monitoring Meetings
At the upcoming Tuesday, December 3, 2019 El Segundo City Council meeting, Chevron will provide an update on the refinery’s new state of the art fenceline monitoring system which will go live on January 1, 2020. Over the past two years the refinery has been working collaboratively with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) on the implementation of Rule 1180, which requires all refineries in Southern California to install monitoring systems at the fenceline that will provide measurement data in near real time for 17 air constituents. The data and information on the measurements will be available to the public via a new website hosted by both Chevron and separately the SCAQMD. Chevron will give a brief overview of the new site, its content and the piloting, design and construction of the monitoring systems that has been underway at the refinery in advance of January 1, 2020.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will be holding a community meeting in El Segundo at the Joslyn Center, 339 Sheldon St. on Thursday, December 12 at 6 p.m. As part of Rule 1180 implementation, SCAQMD has prepared a Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) that outlines the South Coast AQMD’s strategy and approach for conducting air monitoring in communities adjacent to all refineries that are subject to Rule 1180 implementation. A community air monitoring network will be developed and operated by the South Coast AQMD based on the information provided in this CAMP.The CAMP is available for public comment until December 11, 2019 at 5:30 PM, however the plan is envisioned as a living document, thus portions of the community air monitoring network or monitoring approaches may be modified based on community feedback and analysis of air monitoring data once air monitoring commences. All comments can be sent toRule1180@aqmd.gov. The CAMP can be accessed here.
Rule 1180 requires petroleum refineries to install and operate fenceline air monitoring systems to measure a comprehensive list of criteria pollutants and toxic air contaminants. For each applicable refinery, the rule requires the submittal and approval of a fenceline air monitoring plan that provides detailed information about air monitoring instrumentation, maintenance and quality control procedures, backup systems, auditing, and data reporting methods. All fenceline air monitoring plans shall be consistent with the Rule 1180 Refinery Fenceline Air Monitoring Plan Guidelines developed during the rulemaking process. Air monitoring plans may be viewed at here
Adopted in December 2017, Rule 1180 mandates the implementation of real-time observations of air quality at or near the fenceline of all major refineries in the South Coast Air Basin, and in nearby communities.
The main objectives of Rule 1180 are to: • Provide real-time information about air pollutant levels at the refinery fenceline and in nearby communities • Understand long-term variations and trends of refinery related emissions • Help communities understand potential air quality impacts of refinery emissions • Provide a notification to the community if emissions exceed pre-determined thresholds • Enable refineries to quickly address significant changes in emissions