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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.


Proposed FY 2024/2025 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN the Board of Directors of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has set a public hearing to be held July 25, 2024, 2:00 pm at the District’s Board Room located at: 414 W. Tehachapi Boulevard, Suite D, Tehachapi, CA 93561; or accessed through Zoom Meeting ID 826 861 7254, for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Preliminary Budget, and to provide the public an opportunity to comment.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing or via Zoom to make comments. Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on July 24, 2024. Such written comments may be submitted to Gary Ray, Jr., APCO at: 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 862-5250.

A copy of the Proposed FY 24/25 Budget can be downloaded by Clicking Here.


Public Review & Comment for Tehachapi Cement Title V Permit Renewal

Pursuant to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990) [Title V], a Federal Part 70 Permit has been drafted for Tehachapi Cement Plant located at 13573 E. Tehachapi Blvd, Tehachapi, CA 93561.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District issued an initial Title V Permit to Operate to this facility in 2001. The purpose of this permitting action is to update and renew the facility’s previous Title V permit. No significant modifications have occurred to the permit. Once issued by the District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), this permit will be valid for five years.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the Title V application, draft permit, support documents, and Technical Support Document (District analysis) are available for download through the links below, and at the District office located at 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. 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 or via email at sandovalm@kerncounty.com. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on August 19, 2024.  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 Title V 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 telephone Miguel Sandoval, at 661-862-5250.

Tehachapi Cement Draft Title V Permit Renewal

Tehachapi Cement Technical Support Document (TSD)


Open Burning on SRA land Closed for the season on May 13, 2024

Kern County Fire Department announced Hazard Reduction Open Burning on SRA land within Eastern Kern County Closed for the season on May 13, 2024. Fire hazard reduction open burning will still be allowed on non-SRA land durring approved favorable burn days.

Be advised: Fire hazard reduction open burning requires a burn burmit. Burn Permits can be obtained online through Community Connect. Community Connect can be accessed by clicking the link below, or through the Hazard Reduction Pile Burning Permit Application widget on the sidebar. Instruction for obtaining a burn permit can be found by clicking the link below.

Hazard Reduction Burn Permit Instructions

Link for obtaining Hazard Reduction Burn Permit


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.


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.


June 2024 Desert Breeze

June 2024, 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 (WSRP) is Out of Funds

The District offers rebate vouchers through its Wood Smoke Reduction Program (WSRP) to replace Non-EPA certified wood stoves with new an EPA certified wood, pellet, or electric stove, or to install an EPA certified wood, pellet, or electric fireplace insert into a home that uses the heating device as its primary source of heat.

The WSRP is Out of Funds.

No retroactive vouchers or rebates will be allowed.


DMV Vehicle Voucher Program is Out of Funds

The District’s DMV Vehicle Voucher Program offers eligible applicants a $4,000 voucher for the purchase, not lease of a new Zero Emission Electric Vehicle (ZEV).  The program begins October 1st of each year and is on-going until all funds have been awarded.  Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers are issued accordingly.

Be advised: No retroactive payments will be made. You must receive a voucher prior to purchase 

The DMV Vehicle Voucher Program is Out of Funds.

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