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AB-1647 Petroleum refineries: air monitoring systems.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/27/2017 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 26, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 17, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1647


Introduced by Assembly Member Muratsuchi
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Grayson)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Section 42705.5 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to nonvehicular air pollution.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1647, as amended, Muratsuchi. Petroleum refineries: air monitoring systems.
Existing law generally designates air pollution control and air quality management districts with the primary responsibility for the control of air pollution from all sources other than vehicular sources. Existing law authorizes the State Air Resources Board or the air district to require the owner or the operator of an air pollution emission source to take any action that the state board or the air district determines to be reasonable for the determination of the amount of air pollution emissions from that source.
This bill would require an air district to require the owner or operator of a petroleum refinery to install a community air monitoring system, as defined, on or before January 1, 2020, as specified, and to install a fence-line monitoring system, as defined, on or before January 1, 2019, as specified. The bill would require the owner or operator of a refinery to collect real-time data from these monitoring systems, to make provide that data available to the public at the time of collection as quickly as possible in a publicly accessible format, and to maintain records of that data. By adding to the duties of air districts, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 42705.5 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

42705.5.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Community air monitoring system” means equipment that measures and records air pollutant concentrations in the ambient air at or near sensitive receptor locations near a petroleum refinery and that may be useful for estimating associated pollutant exposures and health risks and in determining trends in air pollutant levels over time.
(2) “Fence-line monitoring system” means equipment that measures and records air pollutant concentrations along the property boundary of a petroleum refinery and that may be useful for detecting or estimating the quantity of fugitive emissions, gas leaks, and other air emissions from the refinery.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 42708, a district shall require the owner or operator of a petroleum refinery to install the following monitoring systems, which shall be operated and maintained in accordance with the regional air monitoring plan approved by guidance from the district:
(1) A community air monitoring system, installed on or before January 1, 2020, based on the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s monitoring siting requirements and guidance. The community air monitoring system shall include equipment capable of measuring compounds resulting from refinery processes that are likely to impact communities.
(2) A fence-line monitoring system, installed on or before January 1, 2019, as required by guidance developed by the appropriate district. The guidance developed by the district shall take into account technological capabilities and incorporate input from affected parties.
(c) The owner or operator of a petroleum refinery shall collect real-time data from the community air monitoring system and the fence-line monitoring system and shall maintain records of that data. This data shall be available to the public at the time of collection To the extent feasible, the data generated by these systems shall be provided to the public as quickly as possible in a publicly accessible format.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.