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Welcome to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District

EKAPCD 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____________________________________________

District Office Temporary Closure

Due to the quickly changing situation related to the Coronavirus, the Kern County Chief Administrative Office has declared a local emergency effective immediately. Beginning Monday March 16 at 5:00 PM, Kern County will move to an essential-staffing only model until April 14 at 8:00 AM.  Most County buildings will be closed to the public with only essential services being offered.  As a result, the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District offices will be closed from March 17, 2020 to April 14, 2020.

 

Prescribed Burning Scheduled for the KRV Beginning 3/16-18/2020

The U.S. Forest Service will be conducting prescribed hazard reduction burning at the following locations in the Kern River Valley area, beginning March 16, 2020:
5-acre underburn west of Rancheria Road, south of the USFS Summit Fire Station;
Multiple hand piles northeast of Alta Sierra and southwest of Black Mountain Saddle, west of Alta Sierra Drive;
10 acre Penny Pines Piles located between Rancheria Road and Ice House Road, South of Alta Sierra.

For more information, contact the Kern River Ranger District: (661) 376-3781

 

US Borax Title V Permit Renewal 3/12/2020

Pursuant to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V (Title V) of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit Renewal has been drafted for US Borax, Inc. borate mining and processing facility located in Boron, CA.

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 since the last renewal (2015). This permit will be valid for five years upon issuance.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the Title V renewal application, draft permits, support documents, and the District’s analysis are 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.  All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on April 10, 2020.  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 permits 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.

 

March 2020 Desert Breeze

March 2020, 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 prefer having a copy mailed to you. All back issues can be found by clicking here.

 

Mojave-Rosamond Recycling and Sanitary Landfill Title V Permit Renewal 2/27/2020

Pursuant to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V (Title V) of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit Renewal has been drafted for the Mojave-Rosamond Recycling and Sanitary Landfill (MRRSL).

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District issued an initial Title V Permit to Operate to this facility in 2015. 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:  Copies of the Title V renewal application, draft permits, support documents, and the District’s analysis are 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. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on April 6, 2020.  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 permits 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.

 

Open Pile/Hazard Reduction Burn Season Commenced 12/19/2019

The Kern County Fire Department annouced commencement of open pile/hazardous reduction burning within the State Responsibility Area (SRA). Open pile/hazardous reduction burning remains open outside of the Eastern Kern SRA throughout the year. Be advised: You must acquire a burn permit from your local fire department and call them to ensure it is a designated burnday prior to ignition. Click for more info.

 

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.

 

Wood Smoke Reduction Program Is Currently Out of Funds

FireThe Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control (District) Wood Smoke Reduction Program (WSRP) is currently out of funds. The WSRP offers rebate vouchers to replace Non-EPA certified wood stoves, fireplace inserts, and open-hearth fireplaces used as a residential primary source of heat, with new cleaner burning devices.

Applications will no longer be accepted. However, additional funding may become available early 2020, at which time the application will be accepted until grant funds are depleted. Vouchers will be awarded first-come, first-served basis. A Completed application must be signed by the homeowner and submitted to the District.

No retroactive rebates are allowed.

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.

 

EKAPCD 2018/2019 District Report

A message from the Air Pollution Control Officer: On behalf of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors, it is my pleasure to present the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District 2018-2019 Report.

 

Indian Wells Valley PM10 Maintenance Plan Workshop 12/3/2019

The District held an informative workshop on December 3, 2019, from 11:00am-12:00pm at the Kerr McGee Center, in the Fossil Falls Room located: 100 W. California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA.  The workshop was held to present, discuss, and receive comments on the second Indian Wells Valley Maintenance Plan for the 24-Hour PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

 

AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) adopted the AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule November 1, 2018, at a public meeting beginning 2 p.m. at the Tehachapi Police Department Community Room 220 West “C” Street, Tehachapi, CA. The AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule was adopted to comply with provisions of CH&SC §40920.6(c) (AB 617).

 

Ozone Attainment Plan for District's Non-Attainment Area

The District’s Board of Directors recently adopted a Reasonably Available Control Technology State Implementation Plan (RACT SIP) and Ozone Attainment Plan.

The RACT SIP was prepared to satisfy requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA).  The FCAA requires ozone nonattainment areas to implement RACT for sources subject to control techniques guidelines (CTGs) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and for “major sources” of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), which are ozone precursors.

The Ozone Attainment Plan presents the District’s strategy (including related mandated elements) to attain the 2008, 8-hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) by 2020, as required by FCAA.

Click the links below to download copies of each plan.

 

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. 

 
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