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biogas -- Status on Activities to Support the Development of Biomethane Standards Posted: 21 Dec 2012 10:55:07
The purpose of this list serve notice is to provide interested parties with an update on the status of efforts to develop biomethane standards pursuant to AB 1900, and to invite stakeholders to provide input to the process. AB 1900, authored by Assemblyman Mike Gatto, requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to develop standards for constituents in biogas to protect human health and pipeline integrity and safety. In support of the CPUC standards development efforts, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the Air Resources Board (ARB), in consultation with other State agencies, are to undertake certain actions. Specifically, OEHHA is tasked with compiling a list of constituents of concern (constituents) found in biogas that could pose a health risk and that are at levels that significantly exceed the concentrations of those constituents in natural gas. OEHHA is also to determine health protective levels for these constituents. ARB is tasked with developing realistic exposure scenarios and identifying the associated health risk to utility workers and gas end users; determining the concentrations of these constituents in biogas necessary to protect public health; and identifying monitoring, testing, reporting, and recordkeeping requirements necessary to ensure that health protective levels are maintained. The update referenced in this list serve may be accessed from the ARB website at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/energy/biogas/biogas.htm If you have questions, please contact Paul Milkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 327-2957.