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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____________________________________________

 

Proposed NAWS Title V Permit Renewal 11/30/22

Pursuant to District Rule 201.1, Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990 (Title V), a Federal Part 70 Permit has been drafted for Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China lake located at 429 E. Bowen Road, China Lake, CA 93555.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District will be issuing a Title V Permit to Operate to this facility.  The purpose of this permitting action is to renew an existing Title V permit for NAWS China Lake.  This permit will be valid for five years upon issuance.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the proposed draft Title V renewal permit and Technical Support Document (TSD) can be downloaded for review through the links below. NAWS Title V renewal application, support documents, and the staff analysis are available for inspection at the District office, 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 office addressed above.  All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on December 30, 2022.  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 permit 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.  For more information, please contact Samuel Johnson at (661) 862-5250 or johnsonsam@kerncounty.com.

NAWS Draft Title V Permit
NAWS Draft Technical Support Document

 

December 2022 Desert Breeze

December 2022, 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.

 

Wood Smoke Reduction Program is Currently out of funds

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control (District) is offering rebate vouchers 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.

The District is currently out of WSRP funds, however applications will still be accepted and placed on "Standby Status". Standby applications will be processed and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis once funds become available. The District anticipates receiving addional State grant funds in 2023.

Be Advised: No retroactive vouchers are allowed.

A Standard Voucher award of $2,500is available District-wide. 

A Low-Income Voucher award of $4,000 is available for an applicant that can demonstrate eligibility by providing proof of participation in one of the following low-income assistance programs:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program;
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program with any utility company.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Open Burning on SRA land closed for the season on April 11, 2022

Kern County Fire Department closed Open Burning on SRA land within Eastern Kern County for the season on April 11, 2022. Hazard reduction open burning will still be permitted on non-SRA land. You can obtain a burn permit by Clicking Here, or on the hazard reduction pile burning permit application link on the home page sidebar.

 

DMV Grant Vehicle Voucher Program Now Open

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.  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.

 

DMV Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

DMV Grant Program will provide up to $50,000 in grant funds for an eligible project. Eligible projects include: Paving Dirt Roads to reduce fugitive dust emissions cause by vehicle travel, Installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, Installation of a CNG Refilling Station, Alternative Fuel Mechanics Training, Public Education Courses, and Innovative Vehicle-Related Emission Reduction Proposal.

Click Here to Apply
Click Here for More Information

 

Amendments to Rule 410.8, Aerospace Assembly & Coating Operations

A public hearing was held on November 3, 2022 beginning 2:00pm at Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Board Room 414 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite D, Tehachapi, CA. to adopt amendments to the following: Rule 410.8 - Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations

The staff report along with a copy of the amended rule can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

Rules 410.8 will be submitted through CARB to EPA for incorporation into the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This action would constitute a SIP revision.

 

Cal Portland Cement PSD Permit issuance 10/26/2022

Pursuant to District Rule 210.4 (Prevention of Significant Deterioration) and 40 CFR §52.21, Notice is Hereby Given that the District has made its final decision to issue the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Permit to California Portland Cement Company located at 9350 Oak Creek Road, Mojave, CA 93501.

Copies of the notification to the applicant of decision to issue permit, PSD permit, and District’s analysis are available for viewing at the District office, 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or by Clicking Here.

For additional information, please contact the District at (661) 862-5250.

 

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. 

 

Fee Increase Begining April 1, 2022

A public hearing was held on January 13, 2022 at the District's Board Room in Tehachapi, CA.  At this hearing, the District’s Governing Board adopted amendments to increase the fees in District's fee rules 301, Permit Fees; 302, Permit Fee Schedules; and 303, Miscellaneaous Fees. The amended fee rules along with their staff report can be downloaded by Clicking Here.

 

Best Drive EVer Videos

Dancing TeslaThe East Kern Air Pollution Control District provided grant funding to support a Project Clean Air Best Drive EVer test drive event.  The Tehachapi Apple Festival scheduled in October 2020 was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.  Project Clean Air decided to create three EV video stories in place of the live event.  The videos feature Kern County EV owners - the Enthusiast, the Commuter, and the Traveler.  The videos were filmed in Tehachapi, CA in May and June 2021.  Additional footage for the traveler video was shot in and around Bakersfield, CA.

 

 
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