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Welcome to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District

District 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____________________________________________

 

Wood Smoke Reduction Program

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control (District) is offering rebate vouchers to replace Non-EPA certified wood/pellet stove with a new EPA certified wood/pallet stove, or to install an EPA certified gas, electric, or catalytic fireplace insert into a home that uses the heating device as its primary source of heat.

Applications were accepted until grant funds were depleted. Vouchers were awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

No retroactive rebates are allowed.

A Standard Voucher award of $2,500is available District-wide. 

A Low-Income Voucher award of $4,000 is available for an applicant that can demonstrate eligibility by providing proof of participation in one of the following low-income assistance programs:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program;
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
  • California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program with any utility company.

 

DMV Grant Vehicle Voucher Program Now Open

The District’s DMV Grant Voucher Program offers financial incentive in the form of a voucher for the purchase of a new eligible lower-emitting vehicle.  Applications are processed first-come first-served and vouchers issued accordingly until funds are exhausted.  Voucher awards and associated new vehicle emission classification requirements are as follows:

  • $4,000 for purchase of a Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 10.
  • $2,000 for purchase of a Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) with EPA Smog Score of 8 or 9.

 

DMV Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

DMV Grant Program will provide up to $50,000 in grant funds for an eligible project. Eligible projects include: Paving Dirt Roads to reduce fugitive dust emissions cause by vehicle travel, Installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station, Installation of a CNG Refilling Station, Alternative Fuel Mechanics Training, Public Education Courses, and Innovative Vehicle-Related Emission Reduction Proposal.

Click Here to Apply
Click Here for More Information

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules & Regulations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: A public hearing will be held on November 3, 2022 beginning 2:00pm at Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Board Room 414 W. Tehachapi Blvd., Suite D, Tehachapi, CA. At the hearing, the District’s Governing Board will consider adoption of the following:

Proposed Amendment:
Rule 410.8 - Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations

The staff report along with a copy of the proposed rule can be downloaded by clicking on the link above.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN: That upon adoption, Rules 410.8 will be submitted through CARB to EPA for incorporation into 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 November 2, 2022. Correspondence should be addressed to Glen E. Stephens, APCO, at EKAPCD, 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250.

 

Rule 410.8 Workshop Presentation

The Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District held a public workshop on July 6, 2022, at the District Board Room in Tehachapi to present, discuss and receive comments on proposed amendments to Rule 410.8, Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations. A copy of the workshop presentation and staff report can be downloaded through the links below.

Rule 410.8 Workshop Presentation
Rule 410.8 - Aerospace Assembly and Coating Operations Staff Report

A 30-day public review-comment period followed the workshop. Written comments must be received by August 5, 2022; and should be mailed to Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 or emailed to ekapcd@kerncounty.com.

 

Notice of Public Hearing for 2021 AB 2588 Air Toxics Report

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 03, 2022 at 2:00 pm in the District Field Office, 404 West Tehachapi Blvd., Tehachapi, California 93561.

Section 44363 of the California Health and Safety Code requires the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) to conduct a public hearing at which the District’s Annual Air Toxics Information and Assessment Act (AB 2588) Annual Report is presented for discussion.

The report summarizes the air toxics program and describes toxic control measures. Facilities are identified and ranked according to the cancer and non-cancer health risks posed by their toxic air pollutant emissions.  A copy of the report can be downloaded by clicking the link below and is available for review at the District’s Administrative office located at: 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

All interested persons are invited to submit written comments by October 31, 2022 and/or appear at said hearing. All written comments should be addressed to:  Miguel Sandoval, Eastern Kern APCD, 2700 "M" Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250, Fax: (661) 862-5251.

 

California Portland Cement PSD Permit (9/8/22)

Pursuant to the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) Rule 210.4 (Prevention of Significant Deterioration), a Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit has been drafted for California Portland Cement Company.

PERMITTING ACTION:  The District requests comment on a draft permit  which would grant conditional approval, in accordance with District Rule 210.4 and 40 CFR §52.21, to California Portland Cement Company for an increase in Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions from the cement kiln at their Mojave, California cement manufacturing facility above the significant emission increase threshold listed in 40 CFR §52.21. 

If the Draft Permit becomes final, and there is no appeal, an increase in CO emissions will be allowed subject to the requirements of the permit and other applicable permit and legal requirements.

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES:  Copies of the application, draft permit, support documents, and the District’s analysis are available for review by downloading them through the links below, or can be reviewed in person Monday - Friday from 9:00AM to 4:00PM at the District office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the District office addressed above. All comments must be received by 5:00 PM on October 10, 2022.  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 permit is issued.  The permit 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.  For more information, please telephone Samuel Johnson, AQE, at 661-862-5250.

Cal Portland PSD Draft Permit
Cal Portland Draft ATC
Cal Portland PSD Engineering Evaluation
Cal Portland PSD Application

 

September 2022 Desert Breeze

September 2022, issue of the District's quarterly news letter "Desert Breeze" is now available. Click the link below to download a pdf copy or contact the District to have a copy mailed to you. All back issues can be found by clicking here.

 

Fee Increase Begining April 1, 2022

A public hearing was held on January 13, 2022 at the District's Board Room in Tehachapi, CA.  At this hearing, the District’s Governing Board adopted amendments to increase the fees in District's fee rules 301, Permit Fees; 302, Permit Fee Schedules; and 303, Miscellaneaous Fees. The amended fee rules along with their staff report can be downloaded by Clicking Here.

 

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. 

 

Open Burning on SRA land closed for the season on April 11, 2022

Kern County Fire Department closed Open Burning on SRA land within Eastern Kern County for the season on April 11, 2022. Hazard reduction open burning will still be permitted on non-SRA land. You can obtain a burn permit by Clicking Here, or on the hazard reduction pile burning permit application link on the home page sidebar.

 

Residential Wood BurningDry_Wood_Chart

Many Eastern Kern County residents
use woodstoves and fireplaces to heat
their homes.

If you burn please remember to do so
as cleanly as possible.

Never burn household waste in your
woodstove or fireplace and only burn
clean, dry, seasoned wood, and maintain
a hot fire.

 

Health Effects of Inhaling Smoke

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 are even 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.

 

Best Drive EVer Videos

Dancing TeslaThe East Kern Air Pollution Control District provided grant funding to support a Project Clean Air Best Drive EVer test drive event.  The Tehachapi Apple Festival scheduled in October 2020 was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.  Project Clean Air decided to create three EV video stories in place of the live event.  The videos feature Kern County EV owners - the Enthusiast, the Commuter, and the Traveler.  The videos were filmed in Tehachapi, CA in May and June 2021.  Additional footage for the traveler video was shot in and around Bakersfield, CA.

 

FARMER Tractor Replacement Program Currently Out of Funds

CCIIn recognition of the need to reduce agricultural-related emissions, State Legislature allocated financial incentives for replacement of older agricultural harvesting equipment, heavy-duty haul trucks, agricultural pump engines, tractors, and other equipment used in agricultural operations.  To achieve this goal, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) developed the Funding Agricultural Reduction Measures for Emission Reductions (FARMER) program.

The District’s FARMER program provides up to 80% funding for the replacement of diesel-fueled agricultural vehicles, equipment, and engines operating in Eastern Kern County.  Carl Moyer Program (CMP) guidelines are used to determine FARMER program eligibility and grant award amount.

The FARMER Program is currenly over subscribbed and out of funds.

 
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