Open Burn Season Begins 12/19/2014
The KC Fire Department announced open burning season in Eastern Kern will begin December 19, 2014.
December Issue of Desert Breeze Available
The December 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.
Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Rules
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN a public hearing will be held on January 8, 2015 beginning 2:00pm at Golden Hills Community Services District, 21415 Reeves St, Tehachapi, CA. At the hearing Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Governing Board will consider adoption of the following:
Proposed Revision of Fee Rules 301, 302, and 303
Proposed Revision to Rule 402 - Fugitive Dust
Proposed Rule 402.2 - Agricultural Operations
A public workshop was held September 16, 2014 at the Mojave Veteran’s Center in Mojave, CA. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also reviewed and provided comments for 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, Rule 402 and 402.2 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 January 7, 2015. 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 are
available for review by clicking on the links above and at the District Administrative office located at 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. You may also call the District at (661) 862-5250 and request a copy.
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.
Proposed Title V Permit for Ridgecrest Recycling and Sanitary Landfill
Pursuant to District Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V (TV) of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit has been drafted for the Ridgecrest Recycling and Sanitary Landfill (Ridgecrest RSLF) located approximately two miles west of the City of Ridgecrest at 3301 Bowman Road; also being portions of sections 1, 2, 11 and 12 of Township 27 South, Range 39 East, MDB&M.
Ridgecrest RSLF is a public landfill owned by the County of Kern and operated by the Kern County Waste Management Department.
The District is proposing to issue Title V Permit to Operate number: 0027-V-2013 to this facility. Once issued by the District and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, this permit will be valid for five years
Public Comment Procedures
Copies of the TV draft permit and District’s Engineering Evaluation are available for inspection by clicking on the links below and at the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District Administrative office located at the Public Services Building, 2700 “M” Street Suite 302, Bakersfield, California. The District’s analysis includes a statement of legal and factual basis for the proposed conditions and references to applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.
Comments can be submitted in writing to the District at the address list above. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on December 5, 2014. Members of the public may request the Air Pollution Control Officer preside over a public hearing for the purpose of receiving public oral comments. Issues raised during the public comment period will be addressed in writing by the District before the renewal permit is issued. The permits and all comments will be forwarded to US EPA Region IX and will be available for review after the 30-day public review process is complete.
Click Here for Proposed TV Permit
Click Here for Engineering Evaluation
EPA Clean Diesel News: 10/16/14
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2014 School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity. This is a rebate program to replace older school buses in both the public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $3 million. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate-schoolbus14.htm.
EPA will accept rebate applications until Monday, November 17, 2014, at 4 pm EST. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses. Applications may be downloaded from epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/2014-clean-diesel-rebate-application.pdf. Completed applications should be emailed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov with the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application." Please include your organization's name in the subject line.
EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, October 22 at 1 pm EDT. The audio call-in for the webinar is 470-200-0302, access code 228-750-740#. Participants may register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/467125138.
Questions about the rebate program should be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.
2015 DMV Grant Program
The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has grant funding available for on-road vehicle emission reduction projects located in the eastern portion of Kern County. The District’s 2015 DMV Grant Program provides funding to projects that reduce oxides of nitrogen (NOx), reactive organic gas (ROG) and particulate matter (PM10) emissions from on-road motor vehicles. Eligible projects can receive up to 90% of the total cost with a maximum of $50,000. Approximately $325,000 will be available for 2015.
Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those that:
- Reduce dust from motor vehicle activity on public roads (road paving)
- Replace older high emitting on-road vehicle with new low emitting vehicle
- Provide infrastructure for electric vehicle charging station or CNG
- Provide telecommunication alternatives to driving, including videoconferencing
- Provide educational activities related to air quality
- Provide for an increase in public transportation and commuter vanpooling
The 2015 DMV grant application package is available here on the web and under the Grants tab/Motor Vehicle. You can also request a package by calling Debra at (661) 862-5250 or emailing email@example.com. Deadline for submittal of proposals is January 9, 2015 at 5 p.m. Projects are expected to be selected by the DMV Grant Committee at their March 2015 public meeting. Final agreements are expected to be approved by the District Board at its July 2015 meeting.
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Healy Model 807 Swivel Breakaway Notice July 31, 2014
The Healy Stage II Vapor Recovery Model 807 Swivel Breakaway is installed on service station fueling dispensers between the product hose and the nozzle end (threaded onto the nozzle). In the occurrence of a drive-off event, this product is designed to fully shut-off the product and vapor path with 350 lbs. separation force.
If you have purchased one or more Healy 807 Swivel Breakaway (hose break) parts during the period of January 2012 and March 2013.
Through field reports and accompanying investigation in cooperation with the California Air Resource Board (CARB), Franklin Fueling Systems (FFS) has discovered some instances in which 807 Swivel Breakaways identified with a date code(represented by week and year) ranging from M2812 through M5012 did not perform as intended.
- If you have purchased one or more Healy 807 Swivel Breakaway (hose break) parts during the period of January 2012 and March 2013 Please Check the Date Code.
- To address potential safety issues, FFS is requesting you immediately replace all installed Model 807 Swivel Breakaways bearing a date code ranging from M0112 to M1213 with new or refurbished breakaways.
- As a quality assurance check, FFS is requesting that all un-installed inventory of Model 807 Swivel Breakaways bearing a date code ranging from M0112 to M2514 be returned for manufacturing refurbishment and replacement of like product.
- Please contact Franklin Fueling Systems Technical Services at 1-608-838-8786 to obtain an RGA number and arrange for replacement.
If you have any questions, contact FFS Technical Support at 1-608-838-8786.
ARB Approves Funding Plan for Low-carbon, Zero-emission Vehicles; Improves ‘Car Scrap’ Program
SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board took two separate actions on June 26, 2014 that combined will continue to support the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, provide incentives for clean-cars and improve existing vehicle retirement and replacement programs.
The two separate actions will improve air quality and fight climate change while providing significant benefits to both low-income consumers and Californians who live in communities that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
“Action taken by the Board today will provide $100 million to directly benefit disadvantaged communities,” Air Resources Board Chairman Mary D. Nichols said. “The funding plan and ARB’s amended ‘car scrap’ program together provide emission reductions for all Californians and financial incentives for those who need it the most.”
The funding plan includes increased investments in cleaning up emissions from freight and goods transport, and continued investments in zero-emission vehicle technologies. New pilot projects deploy zero-emission heavy-duty trucks and buses and advanced technology demonstration projects in the freight sector.
The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) supports the development and commercialization of advanced technologies that are necessary to meet California’s long-term air quality and climate goals. The funding plan for fiscal year 2014-15 totals $222 million, including $200 million from the State’s share of auction proceeds under ARB’s cap-and-trade program for low-carbon transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Legislation signed into law in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown requires a portion of proceeds from ARB’s cap-and-trade program to be invested in disadvantaged communities.
Highlights of the plan include:
• $116 million to support the highly successful Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP), which offers rebates directly to consumers who purchase zero-emission and near-zero-emission passenger cars.
• Fuel-cell electric vehicles, which run on hydrogen, are now eligible for $5,000 per vehicle.
• $9 million for pilot programs, such as car sharing, to help consumers in disadvantaged communities access new clean-vehicle technologies, and to provide emissions benefits where they are most needed.
Low Carbon Trucks and Buses
• $85 million with a focus on freight for advanced technology heavy-duty vehicle and equipment deployments and demonstrations in disadvantaged communities.
• $10 million to $15 million in incentives for the purchase of heavy-duty hybrid and electric vehicles, such as delivery trucks.
• $20 million to $25 million for large-scale pilot projects to provide robust demonstrations of zero-emission technologies in the freight and transit sectors.
• $50 million for advanced technology freight demonstration projects, including zero-emission drayage trucks (that service ports).
Truck Loan Assistance Program
• $10 million for continued funding of the Truck Loan Assistance Program, which helps smaller truck fleets that have difficulty obtaining loans to upgrade their trucks. It provides enhanced credit assurance so small fleets can access loans for trucks with clean-diesel technologies.
• Separately, the Board adopted amendments to improve its Enhanced Fleet Modernization Program (EFMP), or ‘car scrap,’ program. The EFMP’s successful retirement-only component incentivizes California motorists to voluntarily retire older, higher polluting vehicles and light- and medium-duty trucks.
Changes to the retirement-only portion of the program include:
• Limiting the program to low-income residents, meeting the directive of SB 459 that EFMP focus on low-income participants.
• Each vehicle to be scrapped must complete a Smog Check test to demonstrate (pass or fail) that it is road worthy and therefore retiring it will provide real air quality benefits.
• A new air district administered retire-and-replace pilot program, offered in the South Coast and San Joaquin air basins, is set to launch later this year.
• The program allows air districts the flexibility to address regional needs by piloting various approaches to the program.
Incentives will be offered on a sliding scale from as high as $4,500 toward the purchase of a used hybrid vehicle or other vehicle that gets at least 35 miles per gallon or other new or used plug-in hybrid. Plus, enhanced incentives, approved as part of the annual AQIP funding plan could provide additional financial assistance for the purchase of a replacement vehicle.
More information about EFMP can be found at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aqip/efmp/efmp.htm
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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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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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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