Amendments to Rule 9-4 and Rule 9-6

Summary

SCH Number
2022050430
Lead Agency
Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)
Document Title
Amendments to Rule 9-4 and Rule 9-6
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Received
Document Description
BAAQMD is proposing amendments to Regulation 9: Inorganic Gaseous Pollutants, Rule 4: Nitrogen Oxides from Fan Type Residential Central Furnaces (Rule 9-4) and Regulation 9: Inorganic Gaseous Pollutants, Rule 6: Nitrogen Oxides Emissions from Natural Gas-Fired Boilers and Water Heaters (Rule 9-6). Rule 9-4 applies to the natural gas-fired space-heating furnaces commonly found in single-family homes, and Rule 9-6 applies to natural gas-fired water heaters commonly found in residential and commercial applications. Space- and water-heating appliances generate a large portion of nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from sources in the Bay Area. NOX is formed during natural gas combustion when ambient nitrogen and oxygen combine at high temperatures. The proposed amendments would substantially reduce NOX emissions from these appliances. In accordance with the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to study the potential impacts of proposed Amendments to Rules 9-4 and 9-6 (Project). The purpose of this Notice of Preparation (NOP) and attached Initial Study is to provide an opportunity for the public, interested parties and public agencies to comment on the scope and proposed content of the EIR. This NOP (and attached Initial Study) initiates the CEQA scoping process. The BAAQMD will be the lead agency for preparation of the EIR. Documents related to this Project will be available for review on the BAAQMD’s website at: https://www.baaqmd.gov/ruledev.

Contact Information

Name
Jennifer Elwell
Agency Name
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Job Title
Senior Air Quality Engineer
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Name
Laura Cackette
Agency Name
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Job Title
Senior Air Quality Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Name
Victor Douglas
Agency Name
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Job Title
Rule Development Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
9 bay area counties

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Other (regulatory development)
Local Actions
regulatory development
Project Issues
Air Quality, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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