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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.


Open Burn Season Still Closed

On April 30, 2018, the Kern County Fire Department ended open burning within the State Responsibility Area (SRA). However, open pile/hazardous reduction burning is allowed in the remaining areas of the District as long as a burn permit is obtained and the burning occurs on a designated burn day. Click for more info.


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 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.

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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.


2019 DMV Grant Program and Voucher Program Applications Available

October 1, 2018 - 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 2019 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 2019 Projects Include:

  • Installation of Level II or Level III public EV charging station.
  • Installation of Public CNG refilling station.
  • Public Education courses designed to deliver focused messages that can instill behavioral changes and create lifelong habits geared toward reducing emissions.
  • Other projects include Video Conferencing, Vanpool, Park & Ride Facilities, and Bike Path.

Click Here to Apply to the DMV Grant Program

Deadline for submitting a proposal is February 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m.


DMV Grant Voucher Program
The District’s 2019 DMV Grant Voucher Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  Applications will be 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:

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

Click Here to Apply to the DMV Grant Voucher Program

If you are unable to download program guidelines/application, you can request a package be mailed to you by calling (661) 862-5250 or emailing ekapcd@kerncounty.com.


Vendors Needed for Wood Stove/Fireplace Replacement Program

The District is seeking wood stove/fireplace dealers, vendors, and contractors to participate in the upcoming Wood Smoke Reduction Program.  The Wood Smoke Reduction Program is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and the environment.CCI-Logo 

Assembly Bill 1613 committed CCI funding for replacing uncertified, inefficient wood burning devices in residential homes such as wood stoves, wood inserts, or fireplaces used as the primary heat source with a cleaner burning more efficient device.  The Wood Smoke Reduction Program will offer each eligible applicant up to $4,000 towards the purchase and installation of a qualifying device.

Interested dealers, vendors, and contractors must be licensed and insured.  Please contact the District at (661) 862-5250 or ekapcd@kerncounty.com for more information.


AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) adopted the AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule November 1, 2018, at a public meeting beginning 2 p.m. at the Tehachapi Police Department Community Room 220 West “C” Street, Tehachapi, CA. The AB 617 BARCT Expedited Implementation Schedule was adopted to comply with provisions of CH&SC §40920.6(c) (AB 617).

Click Here for a copy of the BARCT Implementation Schedule


September Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The September 2018, 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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Ozone Attainment Plan for District's Non-Attainment Area

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

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