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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.


Notice of Final Decision for the Proposed Issuance of an Authority to Construct to the CalPortland Cement Company

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District has issued an Authority to Construct (ATC) permit to the CalPortland Cement Company for the installation of a 173-bhp diesel piston engine.  Emissions offsets are required prior to issuance of ATC and will be transfer from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District.
The analysis of the regulatory basis for this proposed action, Project # 230526 and application number 1003077, is available for review by clicking the link below.  A hard copy id also available for public review at the District office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite #302, Bakersfield, CA  93301.  For additional information, please contact Miguel Sandoval of the District at 661-862-5250 and Email: sandovalm@kerncounty.com.

CalPortland Engineering Evaluation


Notice of Final Decision for The Issuance of Determination of Compliance

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the District has issued a  Final Determination of Compliance (DOC) to GEM A CAES LLC for the installation of Four (4) Emergency Diesel Fueled Piston Engines as part of their Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility located at SE Section 33, T10N, R12W near Rosamond, CA.  No comments were received during the comment period.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) is the lead agency for this project, therefore, construction for this project can commence only after approval by the CEC.  For further information on this project please contact Leonida Payne Project Manager for the CEC or visit the CEC website at: https://www.energy.ca.gov/powerplant/caes/willow-rock-energy-storage-center.  The DOC review for this project (Project # 240308) and application number 0570001-004, is available for review by clicking the link below.  A hard copy is also available for public review at the District office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite #302, Bakersfield, CA  93301.  For DOC information please contact Miguel Sandoval of the District at 661-862-5250.

GEM A CAES LLC Final Determination


Open Burning on SRA land will be Closed for the season on May 13, 2024

Kern County Fire Department announced Hazard Reduction Open Burning on SRA land within Eastern Kern County will be Closed for the season on May 13, 2024. Fire hazard reduction open burning will still be allowed on non-SRA land durring approved favorable burn days.

Be advised: Fire hazard reduction open burning requires a burn burmit. Burn Permits can be obtained online through Community Connect. Community Connect can be accessed by clicking the link below, or through the Hazard Reduction Pile Burning Permit Application widget on the sidebar. Instruction for obtaining a burn permit can be found by clicking the link below.

Hazard Reduction Burn Permit Instructions

Link for obtaining Hazard Reduction Burn Permit


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.


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.


March 2024 Desert Breeze

March 2024, 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.


DMV Grant Program is Closed

The DMV Grant Project awards up to $50,000 per eligible project from the following four categories: Infrastructure, Road Improvement, Public Education, and Innovative Emission Reduction.  The application submittal period ended at 5 PM February 23, 2024.


Wood Smoke Reduction Program (WSRP) is Out of Funds

The District offers rebate vouchers through its Wood Smoke Reduction Program (WSRP) to replace Non-EPA certified wood stoves with new an EPA certified wood, pellet, or electric stove, or to install an EPA certified wood, pellet, or electric fireplace insert into a home that uses the heating device as its primary source of heat.

The WSRP is Out of Funds.

No retroactive vouchers or rebates will be allowed.


DMV Vehicle Voucher Program is Out of Funds

The District’s DMV Vehicle Voucher Program offers eligible applicants a $4,000 voucher for the purchase, not lease of a new Zero Emission Electric Vehicle (ZEV).  The program begins October 1st of each year and is on-going until all funds have been awarded.  Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers are issued accordingly.

Be advised: No retroactive payments will be made. You must receive a voucher prior to purchase 

The DMV Vehicle Voucher Program is Out of Funds.

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