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biogas -- Upcoming CPUC Workshop on Biogas Standards Posted: 19 Mar 2013 13:14:47
This is to inform you that on March 27, 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission will be conducting a prehearing conference and workshop regarding the development of biogas standards per Assembly Bill 1900 (Statutes of 2012, Chapter 602). During the workshop, staff from the California Air Resources Board and the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will provide a status report on efforts to develop health-based standards for constituents of concern that may be found in biogas. For more information on the workshop, please see the following link: http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/SearchRes.aspx?docformat=ALL&docid=59448238 In the event of problems with the internet link, please contact Jackie Clay at firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone number (415) 703-2547. 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.