Advisory for Aboveground Gasoline Storage Tanks (AST)
In November 2014, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) will consider amendments to Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) requirements for aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) storing gasoline, with the goal of improving cost effectiveness of the regulation while preserving its air quality benefits. This advisory describes circumstances in which AST owners and operators may be able to avoid unnecessary expenses when it is not cost-effective to upgrade vapor recovery equipment on existing ASTs.
Owners/operators are encouraged to contact the District to determine applicable requirements for their AST, as current district rules may require the use of SLC, Phase I, and/or Phase II systems on ASTs.
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DMV Grant Program Committee Meeting 3/26/2014
District staff has completed review of the 2014 DMV Grant Program project proposals. Thirty two projects have met the eligibility requirements this year and are requesting a combined total of $1,067,631 in grant funds. DMV Grant funding available for 2014 projects is $325,000.
The DMV Grant Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, 2014, beginning 10:00 a.m. at the Mojave Veteran's Building at 15580 "O" Street in Mojave, CA. At this meeting project proponents will have an opportunity to give a five-minute verbal presentation of their project proposal to the DMV Grant Committee and answer any questions they may have. While it is not required that proponents attend this meeting or give a presentation, it is strongly encouraged because the additional information will assist the Committee in project selection. The public participation period of the meeting is generally completed by noon but can extend into the lunch hour.
Notice of Public Hearing for Rule Adoption
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN a public hearing will be held on March 13, 2014, 1:00pm at Rosamond Community Services District, 3179 35TH Street West, Rosamond, CA. At the hearing Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (EKAPCD) Governing Board will consider adoption of the following:
Proposed Amendment to Rule 410.4 - Metal, Plastic, and Pleasure Craft Parts and Products Coating Operations
Proposed Amendment to Rule 410.4A - Motor Vehicle and Mobile Equipment Refinishing Operations
Proposed Draft Rule 410.8 - Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations
Proposed Draft Rule 410.9 - Wood Products Surface Coating Operations
Proposed Draft Rule 432 - Polyester Resin Operations
A public workshop was held November 6, 2013. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also reviewed the proposals. All comments have been considered and addressed in the final draft of each proposed rule’s respective staff report.
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that if adopted, the rules will be submitted through ARB to EPA for incorporation as part of 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 March 7, 2014. Correspondence should be addressed to Glen E. Stephens, APCO, at EKAPCD, 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250.
Copies of the proposed draft and amended rules and respective staff reports can be downloaded from the links above and available for review at the EKAPCD office located at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.
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.
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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Open Burning Season started 12/3/2013.
The Kern County Fire Department announced agricultural crop waste, hazard reduction & noxious weed open burning season began December 3, 2013. Remember, you must obtain a Hazardous Reduction Burn Permit from your local fire station prior to any hazardous reduction burning and you must call that fire station the day of your planned burn to receive approval.
December Issue of Desert Breeze Available
The September 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.
Heavy-duty Off-Road Vehicle Rule Enforcement
On September 13, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted authorization to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to enforce all provisions of the In-Use Off-Road Diesel Vehicle Regulation (Off-Road Regulation).
ARB has been enforcing the reporting, labeling, sales disclosure, and idle limitation requirements. In order to provide fleets adequate time to ensure compliance, ARB will phase in enforcement of various elements of the rule beginning January 1, 2014.
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Updated Table for EVR Compliance Dates for ASTs
The existing AST EVR Timeline has been replaced with Enhanced Vapor Recovery Compliance Dates for Aboveground Storage Tanks table. The table now reflects the extension of the effective and operative dates for EVR Phase II vapor recovery and SD system for GDFS with ASTs.
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