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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.

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2015 DMV Grant Program Approved Funding List

The District held it's 2015 DMV Grant Committee meeting Wednesday March 25, 2015 at the Mojave Veteran’s Center. At this meeting the Committee selected projects to be awarded grant funds. The Committee presented the recommended funding list to the District's Board at it's Regular May 14, 2015 Meeting for approval. The Board approved the list and instructed staff to draft agreements for the approved projects. A complete list of selected projects, which includes two standby projects is available by clicking the link below.

2015 DMV Grant Approved Funding List

 

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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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).

 

End of Open Burn Season, Closed as of 3/30/2015

Kern County Fire Department announced the end of the open burning season in Eastern Kern Couty. Open burn season offically closed March 30, 2015.

 

March Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The March 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.

 

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.

 

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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