Plans approved to reduce petroleum flaring
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By Mike Aldux
July 23, 2007
Plans to improve air quality around five Bay Area petroleum
refineries were approved Friday by the Bay Area Air Quality Management
Local refineries recently submitted proposals that aim to reduce
emissions by minimizing the frequency and magnitude of flaring.
Refinery flares are safety devices used to prevent worker injury
or plant hazard, the Air District said.
The Air District wants flaring to be used only in emergency situations,
as dictated in a rule adopted in July of 2005.
As part of the rule, local petroleum refineries are prohibited
from non-emergency use of a refinery flare unless the use is consistent
with a flare minimization plan, according to the Air District.
The Air District's rule requires refineries to identify and implement
all feasible prevention measures to further minimize flaring,
and therefore emissions.
"This effort has been many years in the making and has already
yielded positive results," said Jack P. Broadbent, Air District
executive officer. "Over time, this regulation will continue
to further improve air quality in the communities nearest the
refineries and throughout our region."
The rule is the first of its kind, the Air District said. Examples
of prevention measures include the installation of additional
flare gas recovery compressors and balancing refinery operations
to prevent flaring.
With the rule, the prevention measures in the plans are enforceable
regulatory requirements, the Air District said.
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