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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.


2016 DMV Grant Program begins 10/30/15

The District is requesting proposals for motor vehicle related emission reduction projects located within Eastern Kern County.  The District’s 2016 DMV Grant Program offers funding for qualified projects that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gas (ROG), or particulate matter (PM10) emissions from on-road motor vehicles.  Approximately $350,000 is available for 2016 DMV Grant Program projects.  2016 DMV Grant awards are divided into the following three funding tiers:

Tier I, Low-Emitting Vehicle Purchase
The following financial incentives are available for purchase of a new low-emitting vehicle:

  • $2,000 for purchase of an Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV).
  • $3,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) includes Hybrid.
  • $5,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV).

Tier II, Infrastructure, Public Education, and Other
Projects that encourage the use and development of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, or encourage trip reduction can receive up to $50,000.  Tier II 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 instill behavioral changes and create lifelong habits geared toward reducing emissions.
  • Other includes Video Conferencing, Vanpool, Park & Ride Facilities, and Bike Path.

Tier III, Road Improvement
Projects that reduce fugitive dust (PM10) emissions that result from vehicle activity on public roads may be eligible to receive up to $50,000.  Tier III projects include:

  • Paving dirt public access roads.
  • Application of long-term dust palliative to dirt public access road.

2016 DMV Grant Program guidelines and applications are available by Clicking Here.  You can also request a package be mailed to you by calling (661) 862-5250 or emailing ekapcd@co.kern.ca.us.  Deadline for submitting a proposal is February 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Project selection is expected to be conducted in a public meeting held in April 2016.



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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September Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The September 2015 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.


Rule 432 SIP Approval 6/5/2015

On June 5, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published notice that it is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP).  These revisions concern volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from polyester resin operations.

On September 11, 2014, the EPA determined that the submittal for District Rule 432 (Polyester Resin Operations) met the completeness criteria in 40 CFR part 51, appendix V, which must be met before formal EPA review.  SIP rules must be enforceable (see CAA section 110(a)(2)), must not interfere with applicable requirements concerning attainment and reasonable further progress or other CAA requirements (see CAA section 110(l)), and must not modify certain SIP control requirements in nonattainment areas without ensuring equivalent or greater emissions reductions (see CAA section 193).

Federal Register/Vol. 80, No. 108/ June 5, 2015/Rules and Regulations

Rule 432, Staff Report

EPA TSD for Rule 432


Rule Adoption 3/12/2015

Amendments to District rules 301 (Permit Fees), 302 (Permit Fee Schedules),
303 - (Miscellaneous Fees), Rule 402 (Fugitive Dust), and Draft Rule 402.2 (Agricultural Operations) were adopted at the District's Regular Board of Director's Meeting held March 12, 2015 beginning 2:00pm at the Rosamond Community Services District, 3179 35th Street West, Rosamond, CA. Copies of the rules, including staff reports can be downloaded below.

Final Staff Report: Rules 301, 302, and 303 Amended 3/12/15

Final Staff Report: Rule 402 - Fugitive Dust Amended 3/12/15

Final Staff Report: Rule 402.2 - AG Operations Adopted 3/12/15

Hard copies can be obtained at the District Administrative office located at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. You may also contact the District at (661) 862-5250 or ekapcd@co.kern.ca.us and request a copy be sent to you.

Rule 402 and 402.2 has been submitted through ARB to EPA for incorporation as part of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP).


2015 Board Meeting Schedule

Starting January 8, 2015, Board Meetings will begin at 2 p.m.  Board Meetings are normally held the second Thursday of every odd month (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11) except July, which is usually held on the last Thursday. Click here for a copy of the 2015 Board Meeting Schedule.


Open Burn Season is Still Closed

Kern County Fire Department offically closed open burning season March 30, 2015. Open burning is still closed.


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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