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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____________________________________________

 

District is open but the office is closed to the public due to remodeling

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District is open for business, however the office is closed to the public due to the remodeling going on in the Public Works building. District staff is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All business is being conducted through phone calls, email, and post mail.

 

Short Variance with US Borax 3/3/2021

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 2:00-P.M. at the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Field Office:  20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A, Tehachapi, California. 

Additionally, in accordance with Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-25-20, Public Presentations will be limited to the District’s Field Office, or conducted via ZOOM Video Conferencing, Using Meeting ID:  826 861 7254

Said hearing is to consider a Short Variance, Petition No. 21-01(S), received from U.S. Borax, located at 14486 Borax Road, Boron, California, requesting temporary relief from District Rule 425.2 for Boiler No. 7 (Permit No. 1004056A).  U.S. Borax is seeking 90-day relief from District Rule 425.2 which requires oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions be reduced to 30-ppm (parts per million) for boilers operated on gaseous fuels (e.g. natural gas).  The new NOx emission limit becomes effective on March 8, 2021.  U.S. Borax is proposing to utilize the variance period (until June 6, 2021) to allow for engineering, purchasing, installation, and compliance testing of Low-NOx burners on Boiler No 7.

All interested persons are invited to submit written comments and/or appear at said hearing in person or via ZOOM at the meeting ID above.  Written comments received no later than the time of the hearing will be considered in issuance of the final decision.  Each decision will include requirements for the subject facility to comply with applicable Rules within specified time frames.  A copy of the petition is available for public inspection at the address below.

All written comments should be addressed to:  Glen E. Stephens, APCO, Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 M ST, STE 302, BAKERSFIELD, CA  93301

 

Forest Service to Begin Prescribed Burning Projects (2/9/2021)

Hazardous Fuels Reduction projects are scheduled this winter on two mountaintops within the Kern River Ranger District on the Sequoia National Forest.  Projects will also be along the Kern River corridor and many Forest Service stations and work centers. 

The Kern River Ranger District expects to burn 300-500 acres this year in small units designed to minimize the effects of smoke on the community while reducing the potential for large, stand-replacing wildfires.

The Greenhorn Mountain projects are adjacent to the community of Alta Sierra and south of Shirley Meadow.  The Penny Pines project will consist of 14 acres of pile burning.  Pile burning will also take place in the Black Mountain Saddle area.  The Breckenridge projects consist of pile burning located in the Havilah Work Center's vicinity and sub-division and along the 28S06 Rd North of Squirrel Meadows.

All projects are subject to meeting weather and air quality conditions.  Acreage may change due to burning conditions.  Smoke will be visible from several communities surrounding Isabella Lake.  Please contact the Kern River Ranger District Fuels Officer, John Lange, at (760) 376-3781, extension 656 for more information.

 

PUBLIC NOTICE
Proposed Emergency Generator in Tehachapi 2/3/21

Section 42301.6 of the California Health and Safety Code requires the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) to prepare a public notice and 30-day comment period prior to taking final action on an application submitted by S & H Fuel Stop 1, Inc for installation of a 150-kW emergency generator driven by a 230-bhp natural gas engine at a source located within one-quarter mile of the source, or a residence located within 1000-feet.

The proposed emergency generator will be used during unforeseen power outages not to exceed more than 200 hours per year. The proposed engine is located at 20917 South St., in Tehachapi CA (within one-quarter mile of Valley Oaks Charter School) and is a source of hydrocarbon emissions including benzene, ethyl benzene, xylenes, and toluene. The District’s Air Quality Analysis shows that the health risk associated with this project is considered to be insignificant. Hence, the proposed natural gas generator is not expected to pose an adverse public health impact. 

If you would like to comment on this project, you are required do so within 30-days after the receipt of this notice. A copy of the District’s analysis is available for inspection at the District’s field office 20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A, Tehachapi, and on the District’s website (www.kernair.org).  The comment period ends, March 05, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  A copy of the District’s analysis is available for inspection at the District’s field Office 20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A, Tehachapi, and on the District’s website (www.kernair.org).  Comments may be submitted in writing to the District Administrative office:  Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA  93301.  For more information, please telephone Miguel Sandoval, at 661-862-5250.

The comment period ends March 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm.  A copy of the District’s analysis may be found in the link below.  Comments may be submitted in writing to the District Administrative office:  Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA  93301.  For more information, please telephone Miguel Sandoval, at 661-862-5250.

 

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.

 

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.

 

December 2020 Desert Breeze

December 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 copy mailed to you. All back issues can be found by clicking here.

 

Open Pile/Hazard Reduction Burn Season Closed May 1, 2020

The Kern County Fire Department closed 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 burn day prior to any ignition.
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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.

 

2015, 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS (70 ppb) RACT SIP Adopted 9/3/20

A public hearing was held on September 3, 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 A Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the 2015, 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for the District’s nonattainment area has been prepared to satisfy the requirements of the Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA).  A copy of the adopted Plan can be downloaded through the link below.

 

AB 2588 2019 Air Toxics Report

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. A public hearing was held on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at the hour of 2:00 p.m. at the District Field office located at 20406 Brian Way, Suite 4A in Tehachapi, CA 93561. A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 
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