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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_____________________________

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules & Regulations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: A public hearing will be held on January 11, 2018, 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 will consider adoption of the following rules:

Proposed Revision:
Regulation II, Permits (List and Criteria)

Proposed Revision:
Rule 208.2, Criteria for Finding of No Significant Environmental Impact (California Environmental Quality Act)

Proposed Draft:
Rule 210.1A, Major New and Modified Stationary Source Review (MNSR)

Proposed Revision:
Rule 422, New Source Performance Standards

Proposed Revision:
Rule
423, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants ans Source Categories

Proposed Revision:
Rule 425, Cogeneration Gas Turbine Engines (Oxides of Nitrogen)

Proposed Revision:
Rule 425.3, Portland Cement Kilns (Oxides of Nitrogen)

Copies of the staff reports, proposed amended rules, and the workshop can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links above.

The District held a public workshop on November 2, 2017, at the Mojave Veterans Building in Mojave, CA to present, discuss and receive comments on the proposed rules. A 30-day public review/comment period, which included U.S. EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) review followed the workshop.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN: Once adopted, the rules will be submitted through CARB to the U.S. EPA for incorporation into the State Implementation Plan (SIP) as SIP revision.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing and make oral comments. Written comments may be submitted for consideration and will be received until close of business on January 10, 2018. All comments should be submitted to: Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or ekapcd@kerncounty.com.

 

Public Notice: National Cement Title V Permit Renewal

Pursuant to 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 proposed for National Cement Company of California, Inc; located 5 Miles East of I-5 on Hwy. 138, Lebec, CA, 93243. Portland cement is produced at this facility. Once issued, the Title V Permit Renewal will be valid for five years.

A copy of the proposed Title V Permit is available by clicking here.

Hard copies of National Cement’s Title V renewal application, proposed permit renewal, and TSD are available for review at the District’s administrative office located at: 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA. Comments can be submitted in writing to the address listed above or emailed to ekapcd@kerncounty.com. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on January 9, 2018.

 

December Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The December 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.

 

2018 DMV Grant Program is now open

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) is requesting proposals for motor vehicle related emission reduction projects located within Eastern Kern County.  The District’s 2018 DMV Grant Program offers funding for eligible projects that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gas (ROG), or particulate matter (PM10) emissions from on-road motor vehicle related activities.

Eligible 2018 Projects Include:

•     Installation of Level II or Level III public EV charging station.
•     Installation of Public CNG refilling station.
•     Public Education courses geared toward reducing emissions.
•     Video Conferencing.
•     Vanpool.
•     Park & Ride Facilities.
•     Bike Path.

Click here for 2018 DMV Grant Program Guidelines & Application

You can also request a program guidelines by calling (661) 862-5250 or emailing ekapcd@kerncounty.com. 

Deadline for submitting a project application is February 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

DMV Grant Voucher Program
The District’s DMV Grant Voucher Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  2018 funds are anticipated to become available September 2018.  Applications will be processed first-come first-served and vouchers are issued accordingly.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

•     $2,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) includes Hybrid.
•     $3,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

 

DMV Grant Voucher Program Closed until 2018

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 vehicles including zero-emission EVs.

The DMV Voucher Program has been very successful and is currently out of funds. More funds should be available in mid-2018. Please periodically check for updates.

 

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)

 

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. 

Click Here for More Info

 

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 Still Closed

The Kern County Fire Department ended hazard reduction open burn season May 22, 2017. Start of open burning season has not been announced yet.

Click here for more information

 

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.

Click here for more information

 

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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