We are ending toxic air pollution, prioritizing the heavily impacted front-line communities.
Every step of the supply chain adds dangerous pollutants, which kill and cause chronic health issues. Our work – speeding the transition to clean energy, transportation and buildings while ushering in the end of the fossil fuel era – results in dramatically cleaner air. As 350 Bay Area works to reduce emissions locally and beyond, our work prioritizes the heavily impacted front-line communities.
In July 2021 the Air District Board voted in favor of rule 6-5, the rule requiring refineries to clean up their air pollution. The rule will likely require the Chevron Richmond and PBF refineries to install “wet gas scrubbing” technology on their worst polluting units. This technology is already in widespread use at a majority of refineries across the country – and now finally the Bay Area as well. This is a BIG deal and many activists have worked hard to make this happen. It’s been a years’ long coalition effort, but organizing works. The health and environmental justice arguments and dogged appeals to each board member (finally) paid off.
There’s an opportunity to decarbonize the buildings we live in — with huge potential impacts for our climate. Don’t be fooled by the word “natural” in its name: Natural gas