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Welcome to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District

District Mission__________________________________________

To attain and maintain National and State Ambient Air Quality Standards and to insure air pollutants do not pose a nuisance or significant public health threat.

Announcements____________________________________________

Public Hearing on Proposed 2020, Air Toxics Report

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the District Field Office, 20436 Brian Way, Tehachapi, California 93561.

Section 44363 of the California Health and Safety Code requires the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) to conduct a public hearing at which the District’s Annual Air Toxics Information and Assessment Act (AB 2588) Annual Report is presented for discussion.

The report summarizes the air toxics program and describes toxic control measures. Facilities are identified and ranked according to the cancer and noncancer health risks posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions.  A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking the link below and is available for review at the District’s Administrative office located at: 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

All interested persons are invited to submit written comments by August 31, 2021 or appear at said hearing. All written comments should be addressed to:  Miguel Sandoval, Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 "M" Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250, Fax: (661) 862-5251.

 

Public Review & Comment for Lehigh Title V Permit Renewal

Pursuant to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit Renewal has been drafted for Lehigh Cement West, Inc.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District issued an initial Title V Permit to Operate to this facility in 2001. The purpose of this permitting action is to update and renew the facility’s previous Title V permit. No significant modifications have occurred to the permit. Once issued by the District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) this permit will be valid for five years.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  A copy of the proposed draft of the Title V Permit renewal can be downloaded by clicking the link below.  Copies of application, draft permits, support documents, and the District’s analysis, and are also available for inspection at the District Administrative office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA.  The District’s analysis includes a statement of legal and factual basis for the proposed conditions and references to applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.  Federal enforceable conditions in this permit are subject to public review.  Other permit conditions are enforceable by the District only and are not subject to this public review process.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the District office address or via email at sandovalm@kerncounty.com.  All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on July 26, 2021.  Members of the public may request the Air Pollution Control Officer preside over a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public oral comments.  Issues raised during the public comment period will be addressed in writing by the District before the renewal permit is issued.  The permit and all comments will be forwarded to US EPA Region IX and will be available for review after the 30-day public review process is complete.  For more information, please telephone Miguel Sandoval, AQE I, at 661-862-5250.

 

June 2021 Desert Breeze

June 2021, issue of the District's quarterly news letter "Desert Breeze" is now available. Click the link below to download a pdf copy or contact the District to have a copy mailed to you. All back issues can be found by clicking here.

 

Public Hearing on Proposed 2015, Ozone NAAQS (70 ppb) Emissions Statement and Certification

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: A public hearing will be held July 22, 2021, beginning 2:00 pm at the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Field Office located at: 20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A, Tehachapi, CA.  At this hearing, the District's Governing Board will consider adoption of the 2015, Ozone NAAQS (70 ppb) Emissions Statement and Certification pursuant to the 2015, 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

A portion of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has been designated nonattainment pursuant to the 2015, 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires all ozone nonattainment areas to have a program in place that requires emissions statements from stationary sources of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) or volatile organic compounds (VOC).

The 2015, Ozone NAAQS (70 ppb) Emissions Statement and Certification document certifies that District Rule 108.2, Emission Statement Requirements, adopted July 13, 1992, 1992, adequately meets the emissions statement requirements the CAA; and that the boundaries of the District’s nonattainment area have not changed since the rule was promulgated into the State Implementation Plan (SIP).

A copy of the Proposed 2015, Ozone NAAQS (70 ppb) Emissions Statement and Certification can be downloaded by clicking the link below.  You may also contact the District at: 2700 “M” Street, Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, ekapcd@kerncounty.com, or (661) 862-5250 to request a copy be sent to you.

Written comments may be submitted for consideration and will be received until close of business on July 21, 2021.  All comments should be submitted to EKAPCD 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or ekapcd@kerncounty.com.

 

Public Hearing for Proposed FY 21/22 Preliminary Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Board of Directors of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has set a public hearing to be held July 22, 2021, 2:00pm at the District Field Office, 20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A, Tehachapi, CA, or accessed through Zoom meeting ID 8268617254, for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget and to provide the public an opportunity to comment.

A summary of the proposed preliminary budget, supporting documents and fee rules can be downloaded by clicking the link below.  You may also contact the District at: 2700 “M” Street, Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, ekapcd@kerncounty.com, or (661) 862-5250 to request a copy be sent to you.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing in person or via Zoom to make comments.  Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on July 21, 2021. Such written comments may be submitted to Glen E. Stephens, PE, APCO, EKAPCD at 2700 “M” St., Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301; (661) 862-5250, Fax: (661 862-5251).

 

Variance Hearing Board Member Needed 4/27/21

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two unscheduled vacancies have occurred on the five-member Variance Hearing Board. The District is soliciting candidates willing to serve in this position.  The District is required to try to fill this position with an attorney or medical professional, as we do not currently have these professions represented on the five-person Hearing Board, however, all general public candidates will be considered.

Any person interested in being considered to fill said vacancy should file a written statement requesting to serve on the Hearing Board, addressed to: Katie Lantz, Clerk of the Board of Directors, EKAPCD, 2700 M St., Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Submit the statement as soon as possible, please include the candidate’s name, address, telephone number, brief statement of work experience, education, and other qualifications. 

 

Open Burning Closed for the Season

On April 11, 2021, the Kern County Fire Department closed Open Burning on SRA land within
Kern County.

 

DMV Grant Voucher Program

The District’s 2020 DMV Grant Voucher Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers issued accordingly until funds are exhausted.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

  • $4,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 10.
  • $2,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 8 or 9.
  • $1,000 for purchase of a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) with EPA Smog Score of 6 or 7.

 

FARMER Tractor Replacement Program

CCIIn recognition of the need to reduce agricultural-related emissions, State Legislature allocated financial incentives for replacement of older agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty haul trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  To achieve this goal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) developed the Funding Agricultural Reduction Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program.

The District’s FARMER program provides up to 80% funding for the replacement of diesel-fueled agricultural vehicles, equipment, and engines operating in Eastern Kern County.  Carl Moyer Program (CMP) guidelines are used to determine FARMER program eligibility and grant award amount.

 

Health Effects of Inhaling Smoke

Smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases and fine particles produced when wood and other organic matter burns. The biggest health threat from smoke comes from fine particles. These microscopic particles can get into your eyes and respiratory system, where they can cause health problems such as burning eyes, runny nose, and illnesses such as bronchitis. Fine particles also can aggravate chronic heart and lung diseases and are even linked to premature deaths in people with these conditions.

People with asthma, heart disease, lung disease, older adults, and children are at greater risk of being affected by smoke. If you are healthy, you're usually not at a major risk from smoke but it's still a good idea to avoid breathing smoke if you can help it. It's important to limit your exposure to smoke, especially if you may be susceptible.

How to tell if smoke is affecting you:
Smoke can irritate the eyes and airways, causing coughing, a scratchy throat, irritated sinuses, headaches, stinging eyes or a runny nose. If you have heart or lung disease, smoke might make your symptoms worse. People with heart disease might experience chest pain, palpitations, shortness of breath, or fatigue. People with lung disease may not be able to breathe as deeply or as vigorously as usual, and they may experience symptoms such as coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, wheezing and shortness of breath. When smoke levels are high enough, even healthy people may experience some of these symptoms.

Protect yourself:
Watch local news and weather stations, pay attention to health warning and air quality reports, you can also use the EPA's Air Quality Index (AQI). Use common sense; if it looks smoky outside, it's probably not a good time to mow the lawn, go for a run, or let children play outside.

If your advised to stay indoors take steps to keep indoor air as clean as possible. Keep windows and doors closed. Run an air conditioner if needed but make the fresh air intake is closed and the filter is clean. Do not use a swamp cooler as it will pull in lots of smoke from outside. If your house becomes to hot to be comfortable seek alternative shelter. If it is cool outside try to avoid anything that produces heat from burning such as a fireplace, gas logs, or a gas stove.

 

COVID-19 Considerations for Wildfire Clean-Air Shelters

Wildfire smoke is a public health concern. Exposure to wildfire smoke can lead to eye and respiratory tract irritation, exacerbations of existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and premature death. Cleaner air shelters are used by many communities to provide spaces where people can shelter overnight or for extended periods of time.

The use of cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can result in congregating of groups of people, including older adults and those with heart or lung conditions. Congregation of people in cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can
potentially provide a route for the transmission of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, among individuals using the facilities, staff, and volunteers. The CDC has prepared information and advice pertaining to clean-air shelters in a document title “COVID-19 Considerations for Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke”.
Please click here to download a copy

 

Residential Wood BurningDry_Wood_Chart

Many Eastern Kern County residents
use woodstoves and fireplaces to heat
their homes.

If you burn please remember to do so
as cleanly as possible.

Never burn household waste in your
woodstove or fireplace and only burn
clean, dry, seasoned wood, and maintain
a hot fire.

 

Wood Smoke Reduction Program (WSRP) Is Currently Out of Funds

The District is offering rebate vouchers in the amounts of $4,000 and $2,000, to Eastern Kern homeowners to replace Non-EPA certified wood/pellet stove with a new EPA certified wood/pallet stove, or to install an EPA certified gas, electric, or catalytic fireplace insert into a home that uses the heating device as its primary source of heat.  WSRP grant funds are currently depleted.  Vouchers were issued on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds were awarded.  No retroactive vouchers are allowed.

 

Commercial Solar Plant Permitting Requirements

The District has determined commercial solar power plants generate fugitive dust emissions (PM10) in Eastern Kern County.  Therefore, in accordance with Rule 201 (Permits Required) and 210.1 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review, NSR), the District is requiring each commercial solar facility obtain a District Air permit. 

 

Indian Wells Valley Second PM10 Maintenance Plan Adopted 5/7/2020

A public hearing was held on May 7, 2020, beginning 2:00 pm at the Tehachapi Police Department Community Room, 220 West "C" Street, Tehachapi, CA.  At this hearing the District's Governing Board adopted the Second Indian Wells Valley (IWV) Maintenance Plan for the 24-Hour PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).  A copy of the adopted Plan can be downloaded through the link below.

 
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