No Public Hearing Set as Proposed Rule Now Encompasses Small Businesses
Small businesses, including many without in-house air specialists, may soon be required to report air emissions, according to a draft regulation that is advancing without a public hearing.
The California Chamber of Commerce raised concerns this month about the latest draft regulation the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has proposed for reporting air emissions.
CARB is attempting to create a statewide approach to collecting and monitoring data to avoid piecemeal collection and ensure the use of best available technology to measure air emissions across the state.
In contrast to the first draft of the regulation, which applied to three categories of stationary sources of emissions, the latest version proposes adding a fourth category of entities required to report emissions: any entity to which an air district has granted a permit to operate if that entity has emissions greater than a specified threshold.
CARB estimates that 1,300 facilities are included in the three categories of stationary sources, but 48,700 facilities would be covered under the fourth category, including about 17,200 small businesses.
The 2017 legislation establishing the monitoring program (AB 617; C. Garcia; D-Bell Gardens; Chapter 136) authorized monitoring requirements for defined stationary sources. Many of the emission sources in the proposed fourth category of entities required to report fall outside the definitions in the legislation.
No public hearing has been set to allow the business community to discuss the criteria for the fourth category of entities required to report emissions.