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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.


Public Notice: AB 2588 Air Toxics Report 11/10/16

Notice is Hereby Given: A public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Ridgecrest City Hall, 100 West California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

Pursuant to 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 risk posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions. Copies of the report are 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: Glen Stephens, Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 "M" Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250, Fax: (661) 862-5251.

Click Here for 2015 AB 2588 Report


Public Notice: Rescind Rule 111, Breakdown from SIP

Notice is Hereby Given:  By request of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District is proposing to Rescind Rule 111 (Breakdown) from the State Implementation Plan (SIP).  Rule 111 was approved into the SIP October 24, 1980 (45 FR 70449) and last amended May 2, 1996.

A public hearing to consider this matter will be held November 10, 2016, 2:00pm at Ridgecrest City Hall, 100 West California Ave., Ridgecrest, CA.

The District will receive comments and questions regarding rescission of Rule 111 for a period of 30 days, ending November 7, 2016.

All written comments regarding rescission of Rule 111 should be mailed to: Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 “M” St, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, or e-mailed to: ekapcd@co.kern.ca.us.


2008 8-hour Ozone Public Workshop 10/12/16

Notice is Hereby Given: Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) will hold a public workshop to present, discuss and receive comments for attaining the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in Eastern Kern County.

The public workshop will be conducted on October 12, 2016 (Wednesday), beginning 10:30 am, at the Mojave Veteran's Building located 15580 "O" St. Mojave, CA 93501

Ozone is a widespread ground-level air pollutant, formed when volatile organic compounds (VOC) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions produced from motor vehicles, consumer products, and commercial/industrial sources interact in the presence of sunlight and heat.


September Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The September 2016 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.


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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Asbestos Requirements for Homes Erskine Fire

In accordance with the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) 40 CFR 61 Subpart M (Asbestos), all persons engaged in renovation or demolition activities are required to notify the District in writing 10-days prior to starting work.  Generally the notification requires an asbestos survey and a $175 fee.

However, to minimize the impact to those effected by the Erskine Fire, the District (with the support of District Board of Directors) has made a decision to waive the $175 demolition fee.  Additionally, in accordance with the State’s Emergency Declaration, the 10-day wait-period has been waived; therefore, renovations and demolitions can commence once District has been notified.

Please note, these special requirements are in effect for persons affected by the Erskine Fire only (in the Kern River Valley area).  These special requirements shall be in effect until December 31, 2016.

Asbestos renovation and demolition information can be found by clicking here.  Also, care should be taken to minimize fugitive dust emissions.  Please contact District Office at 661-862-5250 if you have any questions.


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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2016 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 2016 Board Meeting Schedule.

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