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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.

Announcements____________________________________________

Notice of Public Hearing for AB 2588 2017 Air Toxics Report

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 2:00 pm in the Tehachapi Police Department Communications Room, 220 West “C” Street, Tehachapi, California 93561 and Ridgecrest County Building, 400 N. China Lake Blvd. Ridgecrest, California 93555.

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.

The report summarizes the air toxics program and describes toxic control measures. Facilities are identified and ranked according to the cancer risks posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions. A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking the link below and is available for review at the District’s Administrative office located at: 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

All interested persons are invited to submit written comments by July 25, 2018, and/or appear at said hearing. All written comments should be addressed to: Wunna Aung, Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 "M" Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250, Fax: (661) 862-5251.

Click here for AB 2588 2017 Draft Report

 

CARB 2018 Annual Monitoring Network Report Review 6/1/2018

The draft version of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2018 Annual Network Plan, covering monitoring operations in 25 Air Districts in California, is now available for public review. Eastern Kern APCD is included in this plan. The public review period ends on June 30, 2018.

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June Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The June 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.

 

Revised 2018 Board Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of every odd month (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11) begining at 2 p.m. However, in an effort to accommodate Directors attending from the East Kern Economic Alliance (EKEA), some of the meeting dates have been change. Please Click here for the revised 2018 Board Meeting Schedule.

 

DMV Grant Voucher Program Closed until Mid 2018

The District offers financial incentives to Eastern Kern residents through the DMV Voucher Program. Eligible applicants can receive a vehicle grant voucher for the purchase of a new lower-emission vehicles including zero-emission EVs.

The DMV Voucher Program has been very successful and is currently out of funds. More funds should be available in mid-2018. Please periodically check for updates.

 

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)

 

Open Burn Season Ended 4/30/2018

On April 30, 2018, the Kern County Fire Department ended open burning within the State Responsibility Area (SRA). Open pile/hazardous reduction burning is still 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 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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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.

 

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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