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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_____________________________

DMV Grant Voucher Program

The District offers financial incentives to Eastern Kern residents through the DMV Voucher Program.  Eligible applicants can receive a vehicle grant voucher for the purchase of a new lower-emission vehicle in the following emissions classes:

  • $2,000 for purchase of an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
  • $3,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) includes Hybrid.
  • $5,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

The DMV Voucher Program is ongoing with no deadline to apply.  Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers are issued accordingly. 

Click Here to Apply

 

September Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The September 2017 issue of the District's quarterly news letter the "Desert Breeze" is now available. Click Here to download a copy. Hard copies are mailed to subscribers and made available at the District office. Future issues can be accessed on this website on the Desert Breeze page.

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING – AIR TOXICS REPORT

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Tehachapi Police Department Communications Room, 220 West “C” Street, 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 (AB2588) 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 risks posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions.  Copy of the report is available at the address listed below.

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

EKAPCD 2016 AB2588 Report (Draft).pdf

 

Attainment Plans for District's Non-Attainment Area

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

RACT SIP (35 pages)

Ozone Attainment Plan (338 pages)

 

2017 DMV Grant Voucher Program

Vehicle Voucher, offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new, eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  Beginning October 31, 2016, the District’s DMV Grant Voucher Program will be an ongoing program with no application deadline.  Applications will be processed first-come first-served and vouchers will be issued accordingly.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

  • $2,000 for purchase of an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
  • $3,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) includes (ATPZEV).
  • $5,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

Click Here to Apply

 

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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2017 Board Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings will begin at 2 p.m.  Board Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of every odd month (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11) except July, which is usually held on the last Thursday. Click here for the 2017 Board Meeting Schedule.

 

Open Burn Season Ended 5/22/17

The Kern County Fire Department announced hazard reduction open burn season ended May 22, 2017.

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How Smoke Can Effect Your Health

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 even are 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.

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Dry_Firewood_ChartResidential Wood Burning

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.

 
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