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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____________________________________________

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules & Regulations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN a public hearing will be held on January 6, 2022 beginning 2:00pm at Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Board Room 414 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite D, Tehachapi, CA.  At the hearing, the District’s Governing Board will consider adoption of the following:

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 201.1, Permit to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 301, Permit Fees

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 302, Permit Fee Schedules

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 303, Miscellaneous Fees

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 402, Fugitive Dust

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 402.2, Agricultural Operations

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 412, Gasoline Transfer into Stationary Storage Containers, Delivery Vessels, and Bulk Plants

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 412.1, Transfer of Gas to Vehicle Fuel Tanks

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 422, New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 423, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and Source Categories (NESHAPs)

Staff reports along with copies of the proposed amended rules can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links above.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if adopted, Rules 201.1, 402, and 402.2 will be submitted through CARB to EPA for incorporation into the California State Implementation Plan (SIP).  This action would constitute a SIP revision.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing and make oral comments.  Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on January 5, 2022.  Correspondence should be addressed to Glen E. Stephens, APCO, at EKAPCD, 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250.

 

Public Workshop on Proposed Rules & Regulations

The District held a public workshop on October 20, 2021, at the Field Office located at: 414 W. Tehachapi Boulevard Suite D, Tehachapi, CA 93561. At this workshop staff presented and discussed proposed revisions to the ten rules listed above in the Hearing Notice. A copy of the 10/20/2021, workshop powerpoint presentation is also available through the link below.

October 20, 2021, Workshop Power Point Presentation

 

DMV Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

The District is now accepting 2022 DMV Grant Program applications.  Eligible projects can receive up to $50,000 for Road Paving, Public EV Charge Station, Public Education, and other innovative projects that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gas (ROG), or particulate matter (PM10) emissions from on-road motor vehicle related activities. 

The deadline to apply is 5 PM, Friday February 25, 2022.

 

FARMER Tractor Replacement Program

CCIIn recognition of the need to reduce agricultural-related emissions, State Legislature allocated financial incentives for replacement of older agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty haul trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  To achieve this goal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) developed the Funding Agricultural Reduction Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program.

The District’s FARMER program provides up to 80% funding for the replacement of diesel-fueled agricultural vehicles, equipment, and engines operating in Eastern Kern County.  Carl Moyer Program (CMP) guidelines are used to determine FARMER program eligibility and grant award amount.

 

Variance Hearing Board Member Needed

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two unscheduled vacancies have occurred on the five-member Variance Hearing Board. The District is soliciting candidates willing to serve in this position.  The District is required to try to fill this position with an attorney or medical professional, as we do not currently have these professions represented on the five-person Hearing Board, however, all general public candidates will be considered.

Any person interested in being considered to fill said vacancy should file a written statement requesting to serve on the Hearing Board, addressed to: Katie Lantz, Clerk of the Board of Directors, EKAPCD, 2700 M St., Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Submit the statement as soon as possible, please include the candidate’s name, address, telephone number, brief statement of work experience, education, and other qualifications. 

 

Wood Smoke Reduction Program is 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.

Applications will be accepted until all grant funds are depleted. Vouchers are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

No retroactive rebates are allowed.

  • A Standard Voucher award of $2,000 is available District-wide. 
  • An Enhanced Voucher award of $4,000 is available for an applicant with a project located in a designated Low Income or Disadvantaged Community, or with documentation to prove low income status.

Please review the program guidelines for more information.

 

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.

 

 

Open Burning Closed for the Season

On April 11, 2021, the Kern County Fire Department closed Open Burning on SRA land within
Kern County.

 

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.

 

COVID-19 Considerations for Wildfire Clean-Air Shelters

Wildfire smoke is a public health concern. Exposure to wildfire smoke can lead to eye and respiratory tract irritation, exacerbations of existing respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, and premature death. Cleaner air shelters are used by many communities to provide spaces where people can shelter overnight or for extended periods of time.

The use of cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can result in congregating of groups of people, including older adults and those with heart or lung conditions. Congregation of people in cleaner air shelters and cleaner air spaces can
potentially provide a route for the transmission of SARS CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, among individuals using the facilities, staff, and volunteers. The CDC has prepared information and advice pertaining to clean-air shelters in a document title “COVID-19 Considerations for Cleaner Air Shelters and Cleaner Air Spaces to Protect the Public from Wildfire Smoke”.
Please click here to download a copy

 

September 2021 Desert Breeze

September 2021, 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.

 

2020, Air Toxics Report Adopted September 2, 2021

A public hearing was held on Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the District Field Office, 20436 Brian Way, Tehachapi, California 93561 to adopt the 2020 Air Toxics Report.

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 and noncancer health risks posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions.  A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking the link below.

 

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.

 

DMV Grant Voucher Program is Currently Out of Funds

The District’s 2021-2022 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.

 

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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