Proposed Amended Rule 1118 – Control of Emissions from Refinery Flares


SCH Number
Public Agency
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Title
Proposed Amended Rule 1118 – Control of Emissions from Refinery Flares
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Proposed Amended Rule 1118 (PAR 1118) addresses a United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) State Implementation Plan (SIP) limited disapproval of the July 2017 version of Rule 1118 because it grants the South Coast AQMD’s Executive Officer sole authority to approve ASTM International (ASTM) standards not explicitly included in the rule. To remedy this issue, PAR 1118 expands the existing provisions, which currently allow South Coast AQMD to approve ASTM standards that are not otherwise specified elsewhere in Rule 1118, to also require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the U.S. EPA approve these ASTM standards. The beneficiaries of implementing PAR 1118 will be CARB and U.S. EPA through improving their oversight of reviewing and approving ASTM standards. Implementation of PAR 1118 will not result in emission reductions.

Contact Information

Farzaneh Khalaj
Agency Name
South Coast AQMD
Job Title
Air Quality Specialist
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino
Other Information
The proposed project is located within the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (South Coast AQMD) jurisdiction, which includes the four-county South Coast Air Basin (all of Orange County and the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties), and the Riverside County portion of the Salton Sea Air Basin and the non-Palo Verde, Riverside County portion of the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
15061 (b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
South Coast AQMD, as Lead Agency, has reviewed the proposed project (PAR 1118) pursuant to: 1) CEQA Guidelines Section 15002(k) – General Concepts, the three-step process for deciding which document to prepare for a project subject to CEQA; and 2) CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 – Review for Exemption, procedures for determining if a proposed project is exempt from CEQA. Because the proposed expansion of the authority to approve other ASTM standards to include CARB and U.S. EPA is administrative in nature and would not require physical modifications to occur, it can be seen with certainty that implementing PAR 1118 would not cause a significant adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, the proposed project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) – Common Sense Exemption.
County Clerks
Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino


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