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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____________________________________________

Prescribed Burn Smoke Advisory for Tehachapi June 27-28, 2022

A controlled hazard reduction burn will be taking place at the Tehachapi Airport on Monday June 27, through Tuesday June 28, 2022 beginning at 9 am. Approximately 14 acres will be burned. The District will be deploying an air monitor down-wind near sensitive receptors during the course of the prescribed burn.

 

Proposed Edwards Air Force Base 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 and proposed for Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB).

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 disaggregate EAFB’s current Title V permit into eight (8) distinct Title V permits, divided by EAFB’s major stationary source groups. Disaggregating EAFB’s existing Title V permit will allow a more flexible and sustainable approach in managing air quality requirements, while minimizing impact to EAFB’s mission. These permits will be valid for five years once issued by the District and the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

PUBLIC COMMENT PROCEDURES: Copies of EAFB proposed draft Title V renewal permits and Technical Support Document (TSD) can be downloaded for review through the links below. If you are unable to download the documents, they can be reviewed at the District’s Administrative office located at: 2700 “M” Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA.

Comments can be submitted in writing to the District by 5:00 PM on July 21, 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 prior to issuing the renewal permits. Renewal permits and all public comments will be forwarded to US EPA Region IX, and will be available for review after the 30-day public review process is complete.

EAFB 412 SSG 127 Draft Permit
EAFB 412 SSG 131 Draft Permit
EAFB 412 SSG 132 Draft Permit
EAFB 412 SSG 138 Draft Permit
EAFB 412 SSG 139 Draft Permit
EAFB 412 SSG 147 Draft Permit
EAFB AFRL SSG 134 Draft Permit
EAFB AFRL SSG 145 Draft Permit
EAFB Title V TSD

 

Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Rules & Regulations

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: A public hearing will be held on July 28, 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 108.2 - Emissions Statement Requirements

Proposed Draft:
Rule 210.1A - Major New and Modified Stationary Source Review (MNSR)

Staff reports along with copies of the proposed rules can be downloaded by clicking on the appropriate links above.

NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN: That upon adoption, Rules 108.2 and 210.1A 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 July 27, 2022.  Correspondence should be addressed to Glen E. Stephens, APCO, at EKAPCD, 2700 M St, Ste 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301, (661) 862-5250.

 

Proposed Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Budget

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN: The Board of Directors of the Eastern Kern Air Pollution Control District (District) has set a public hearing to be held July 28, 2022, 2:00 pm at the District’s Board Room located at: 414 W. Tehachapi Boulevard, Suite D, Tehachapi, CA 93561, for the purpose of reviewing the proposed Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Preliminary Budget, and to provide the public an opportunity to comment.

Interested persons may appear at the hearing and make comments. Written comments are invited for consideration and will be received until the close of business on July 27, 2022. Such written comments may be submitted to Glen E. Stephens, APCO at: 2700 M Street, Suite 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301 (661) 862-5250.

 

June 2022 Desert Breeze

June 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.

 

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.

 

FARMER Tractor Replacement Program

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.

 

Variance Hearing Board Member Needed

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that two unscheduled vacancies have occurred on the five-member Variance Hearing Board. The District is soliciting candidates willing to serve in this position.  The District is required to try to fill this position with an attorney or medical professional, as we do not currently have these professions represented on the five-person Hearing Board, however, all general public candidates will be considered.

Any person interested in being considered to fill said vacancy should file a written statement requesting to serve on the Hearing Board, addressed to: Katie Lantz, Clerk of the Board of Directors, EKAPCD, 2700 M St., Ste. 302, Bakersfield, CA 93301. Submit the statement as soon as possible, please include the candidate’s name, address, telephone number, brief statement of work experience, education, and other qualifications. 

 

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.

 

DMV Grant Voucher Program is Currently Out of Funds

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.

 

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.

 

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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