Fight Back Against Chevron: Urge the Air District to Pass the Strongest Pollution Rule!

Bay Area Air Quality Management Board of Directors


The Air District is planning to finalize a rule that would reduce pollution from Chevron and PBF (formerly Shell) oil refineries in Richmond and Martinez, California —some of the largest refineries in the world. Due to pressure from the fossil fuel industry, the District is seriously considering a weak version of the rule.

This is where you come in. The regional Bay Area Air Quality Monitoring District (“Air District”) will be meeting to consider this rule in mid-December, which is why we need your signature by December 15th, 2020.

If the Air District were to adopt the strongest rule possible, this would be the boldest action they will have taken in years to cut their pollution to stop harming communities of color. We all need to push the Air District to adopt the strongest rule possible.

Are you part of an organization that can also sign on? Consider signing this petition as well.

To Learn More

- Read more about why this rule (also known as Rule 6-5 or “the Cat Cracker Rule”) needs to be as strong as possible in our short CBE fact sheet here, or a slightly more technical brief here.

- For the Air District's regulation page with ongoing updates for Rule 6-5 (“the Cat Cracker Rule”), see here.

CBE staff researchers, organizers, and lawyers support community members living on the frontlines of environmental injustice and the climate crisis. If you are interested in joining our advocacy or learning more, please contact Andres Soto at If you have questions about the CBE briefs referenced here, please contact Dan Sakaguchi at

To: Bay Area Air Quality Management Board of Directors
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, demand the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors adopts the strongest possible version of Rule 6-5 to reduce deadly particulate matter from the fluid catalytic cracker units (cat crackers) of Bay Area refineries. This can be done by adopting a total particulate matter emission limit of 0.01 gr/dscf, effectively requiring the installation of “wet scrubber” units.

For more than a century the Chevron/Standard Oil Richmond refinery has emitted toxic particulate matter on the local and regional community creating generations of disease and death. It is past time for this to be stopped. We recognize the refineries have been profiting at our expense for more than a century. Now is the time to finally require them to clean up their act while cleaning up our air.