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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.

Announcements_____________________________

2016 DMV Grant Program Apply by 2/26/2016

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.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY

 

2016 Board Meeting Schedule

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 the 2016 Board Meeting Schedule.

 

Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. Title V Permit Renewal

Pursuant to District Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V (Title V) of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit Renewal has been drafted for Lehigh Southwest Cement Company.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District issued an initial Title V Permit to Operate to this facility in 2001. The purpose of this permitting action is to update and renew the facility’s previous Title V permit. No significant modifications have occurred to the permit. Once issued by the District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) this permit will be valid for five years.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the Title V renewal application, draft permits, support documents, and the District’s analysis are available for inspection at the District Administrative office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA.  The District’s analysis includes a statement of legal and factual basis for the proposed conditions and references to applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.  Federal enforceable conditions in this permit are subject to public review.  Other permit conditions are enforceable by the District only and are not subject to this public review process. 

Comments can be submitted in writing to the District. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on February 26, 2016.  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.

Lehigh Draft Title V Permit Renewal
Lehigh Draft Technical Support Document (TSD)

 

Cal Portland Cement Co. Title V Permit Renewal

Pursuant to District Rule 201.1 (Permits to Operate for Sources Subject to Title V of the Federal Clean Air Act Amendment of 1990), a Federal Part 70 Permit Renewal (Title V) has been drafted for California Portland Cement Company.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District issued an initial Title V Permit to Operate to this facility in 2001. The purpose of this permitting action is to update and renew the facility’s previous Title V permit. No significant modifications have occurred to the permit. Once issued by the District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) this permit will be valid for five years.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the Title V renewal application, draft permits, support documents, and the District’s analysis are available for inspection By Clicking Here and at the District Administrative office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA.  The District’s analysis includes a statement of legal and factual basis for the proposed conditions and references to applicable statutory and regulatory provisions.  Federal enforceable conditions in this permit are subject to public review.  Other permit conditions are enforceable by the District only and are not subject to this public review process. 

Comments can be submitted in writing to the District. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on February 16, 2016.  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.

Cal Portland Draft Title V Permit Renewal
Cal Portland Draft Technical Support Document (TSD)

 

Notice of Regulatory Control Measures

Pursuant to Section 40923 of the California Health and Safety Code (CH & HC), the District hereby gives notice that the following regulatory control measures may be considered for amendment or adoption during calendar year 2016:
Click Here for 2016 RCM List

 

Open Burn Season Began December 23, 2015

Kern County Fire Department offically announced open burning season to on December 23, 2015.

 

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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December Issue of Desert Breeze Available

The December 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.

 

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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