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To protect public health and agriculture from the adverse effects of air pollution by identifying air pollution problems and developing a comprehensive program to achieve and maintain state and federal air quality standards.

 

VCAPCD Smoke Advisory for Friday, December 15th, 2017

     

    The Thomas Fire as of 2 p.m. December 15th has now burned 252,500 acres and is 35% contained. This wind driven fire is causing heavy smoke downwind in and around the cities of Ventura, Oxnard, Santa Paula, and Ojai. The Ojai Valley is currently experiencing UNHEALTHY air. Today, the offshore flow will weaken allowing for the return of the sea breeze. Many areas around Ventura County will experience UNHEALTHY conditions. The Ojai area may experience VERY UNHEALTHY air. This weather pattern will continue through tomorrow, with the return of Santa Ana’s in the late afternoon. This will help clear out some of the smoke for most of the county, except for Ojai and the western part of Ventura.

     

    Please keep in mind that wildfire smoke concentrations can vary hour by hour and change frequently. Forecast AQI colors are meant to be as representative as possible for the 24-hr day. At times, air quality is likely to be better or worse than is indicated for the full day.

     

    Smoke impacts from these devastating fires are widespread. Air quality should be considered unhealthy in areas directly impacted by smoke. If you are in an area directly impacted by smoke, please exercise extreme caution and avoid vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion. People with respiratory or heart disease, the elderly, and children should remain indoors. Run your air conditioner if you have one. Keep the filter clean and fresh air intake closed. Close all windows and doors that lead outside to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. If this is not an option or it becomes extremely hot inside, please seek alternate shelter.

     

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    VCAPCD is issuing a special precautionary statement for anyone in the Upper Ojai Valley who may be near one of the many natural oil seeps now burning due to ignition from the Thomas Fire. It is important to note that the standard “N” and “P” types of masks do not provide protection from gases, but do provide some protection from particulate matter. The “P” type masks are resistant to soiling by oil (including droplets), but do not provide protection from gases. Masks equipped with organic vapor cartridges do provide protection from some vapors. See the following websites for more information:

     

    - https://www.cdc.gov/nio...rt/default.html

    - http://www.vchca.org/im...re_Smoke_or_Ash.pdf

     

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    For more information about the fire:

    - ReadyVenturaCounty.org (evacuation notices, road closures, etc.)

    - Ventura County Fire Dept

    - Twitter feed for the Ventura County Fire Department PIO

    - Twitter feed for the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District

    - Twitter feed for the Los Padres National Forest

    - InciWeb - Thomas Fire

    - Map - National Fire Situational Awareness

     

    AirNow AQI:

     

    Ventura Ojai Oxnard / Santa Paula Piru / Filmore

     

     

    This Advisory will be updated as necessary. If you have air quality questions, please call (805) 662-6960.

     

    Links for more information:

    - Satellite Image Loop

    - Satellite Image (Zoom Earth)

     

    For further information on the health effects of smoke:

    - How to Protect Your Family from the Health Effects of Smoke

    - AirNow: "How Smoke from Fires Can Affect Your Health"

    - ARB: Safe Cleanup of Fire Ash

     


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Ventura County APCD Preliminary Determination of Compliance

 

In accordance with Ventura County APCD Rule 26.9, “New Source Review - Power Plants”, and Rule 26.7, “New Source Review - Notification”, notice is hereby given that a final decision has been made to issue a Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC) to the Mission Rock Energy Center (Application No. 08308-100). This project proposes the installation of a nominal 275 megawatt natural gas-fired simple-cycle gas turbine power plant at 1025 Mission Rock Road in Santa Paula, CA.

 

See this link for more information and the PDOC.

 

 

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District Issues New Compliance Assistance Advisory:
Breakdowns at Facilities with Interruptible Grid Power

 

APCD Issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory regarding breakdown conditions and voluntary curtailment of electrical service.

 

APCD Rule 32, “Breakdown Conditions; Emergency Variances”, allows for, under certain conditions, breakdowns of air pollution control devices and continuous emissions monitoring systems where the operator will be allowed temporary relief from District enforcement action.

 

APCD Rule 32, states, in part: “…a breakdown condition means an unforeseeable failure or malfunction…”. It goes on to state that a breakdown condition cannot be “the result of an intentional or negligent act or omission on the part of the owner or operator.”

 

Electricity providers have historically offered reduced electrical service rates for account holders who agree to participate in a program that would allow periodic curtailment of electrical service to a particular facility in exchange for a reduced electric service rate. According to District policy, voluntary curtailment of electrical service due to contractual obligation is not an “unforeseeable failure or malfunction” and such a curtailment does not meet definition of a breakdown, as defined in APCD Rule 32.

 

District will no longer accept any voluntary electrical curtailment as a breakdown and the operator will not be afforded relief from District enforcement action if a violation occurs as a result of such a curtailment.

 

2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan

 

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board adopted the 2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) on February 14, 2017. The 2016 AQMP presents Ventura County’s strategy (including related mandated elements) to attain the 2008 federal 8-hour ozone standard by 2020, as required by the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 and applicable U.S. EPA clean air regulations.

Photochemical air quality modeling and related analyses, including a Weight of Evidence assessment conducted for the 2016 AQMP, indicate that Ventura County will attain the 2008 federal 8-hour ozone standard by 2020 using local, state, and federal clean air programs. Similarly, the required Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) demonstration shows that Ventura County will achieve the required annual incremental emissions reductions for the purpose of ensuring attainment by the attainment year.

The 2016 AQMP was prepared to satisfy federal Clean Air Act planning requirements for areas designated as serious federal 8-hour ozone nonattainment areas, including, but not limited to, updated air quality information, an updated emissions inventory, local and state air pollutant control measures, new emission forecasts and projections, a new federal conformity budget for transportation projects, a reasonable further progress demonstration for precursors of ozone (reactive organic gases and nitrogen oxides), a demonstration that Ventura County will attain the 2008 federal 8-hour ozone standard, and contingency measures.

To view and download of the 2016 AQMP, please click here.
 

Puente Power Project

 

VENTURA COUNTY APCD FINAL DETERMINATION OF COMPLIANCE

 

In accordance with Ventura County APCD Rule 26.9, “New Source Review- Power Plants”, and Rule 26.7, “New Source Review - Notification”, notice is hereby given that a final decision has been made to issue a Final Determination of Compliance (FDOC) to the Puente Power Project (Application No. 00013-370). This project proposes the installation of a nominal 262 megawatt natural gas-fired combustion turbine as a replacement for existing electrical steam generating units at the Mandalay Generating Station at 393 North Harbor Boulevard in Oxnard, CA.

 

See this link for more information and the FDOC.

 

New Compliance Assistance Advisory: APCD to Temporarily Suspend Enforcement of the Upcoming 2017 Fleet Emission Standards and Fleet Reporting Requirements for Portable Diesel Engine Fleets.

 

Portable Diesel EnginesAPCD Issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory directed at owners and operators of portable diesel engine fleets. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has determined that widespread compliance with the upcoming 2017 Fleet Average Emission Standard and associated reporting requirements in the state’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure for Diesel Particulate Matter from Portable Engines (ATCM) may not be feasible.

 

In light of the uncertainty regarding the 2017 standard (and 2020 standard), ARB intends to revise the ATCM. ARB has asked local air districts to temporarily suspend enforcement of sections of the ATCM related to the upcoming fleet average emission standard and associated reporting requirements until the regulation can be revised and approved by its governing Board. This applies to all portable diesel engines whether they are registered with the Statewide Portable Engine Registration Program (PERP), or operating under an APCD Permit to Operate.

 

To that effect, ARB has released Advisory Number 347, informing the regulated community of its intent to suspend enforcement and revise the ATCM. You can download a copy of Advisory Number 347 here.

 

Carl Moyer Program Awards $39 Million in Incentives to Ventura County Businesses

 

 

The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program (Carl Moyer Program) is an incentive program offered jointly by the California Air Resources Board and California’s local air districts that provides grants for cleaner-than-required engines and equipment to help improve air quality in California. The grants are administered by the local air districts. The program is named after the late Dr. Carl Moyer in recognition of his work in the air quality field and his efforts in bringing about this incentive program. Details of the Ventura County Carl Moyer Program can be found here.

 

Recent Revisions to APCD Rule 74.15.1 Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters

 

APCD issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory regarding the June 23, 2015 revisions to APCD Rule 74.15.1 Boilers, Steam Generators and Process Heaters. The revised rule includes a number of changes, including new emission limits and testing requirements for a number of applicable units. The Advisory address a number of those changes.

 

To view the advisory, please click here.
 

Air Streams

 

 

Check out the latest Air Streams video for 2015! See what local businesses, individuals and agencies are doing to clean the air and help the environment. From a Thousand Oaks wastewater treatment plant to an Oxnard electric vehicle charging station; from a solar rooftop in Ventura to an Ojai oil field; from a LEED certified building to a “green” veterinary hospital, find out what’s happening on the clean air front in Ventura County.

 

California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) - Explanation & Examples of Uses of PERP

 

Questions are often raised about what constitutes portable versus stationary operation of equipment. The PERP regulation defines portable operation and stationary sources. There are some specific circumstances where, depending on each situation, the use of PERP-registered units may not be compatible with the objectives of PERP and the District. These determinations are very fact dependent, so we recommend you contact the District with questions about whether your portable equipment operation requires a District permit or can use PERP registration.

 

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) has prepared a document which addresses these issues: Explanation & Examples of Uses of PERP

 

Replacing Tier 1 & Tier 2 Ag Engines: Check Before You Buy!

 

APCD issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory regarding the California Air Resources Board’s Air Toxic Control Measure for Stationary Compression Ignition Engines (ATCM) requirement to replace Tier 1 and Tier 2 diesel Ag engines.

The ATCM prohibits the operation of Tier 1 and Tier 2 agricultural engines after December 31, 2014 for engines rated at 175 BHP or greater and December 31, 2015 for engines rated at 50 to 174 BHP.

Check before you buy! This advisory informs owners or operators of Tier 1 & Tier 2 Ag engines that not all Tier 4 or Interim Tier 4 diesel engines will meet the upcoming ATCM emission standards, and advises them to check before they buy a new engine. The upcoming emission standards are contained in the advisory. Another option is to buy an electric motor instead of a diesel engine.

There will be a limited amount of funding available to qualified applicants to help purchase a new diesel engine, or electric motor.

All Ag engines 50 horsepower and greater, including new replacement engines, are required to be registered with the APCD. For information on the District’s agricultural engine registration program please click here.

For the District's "Engine Location Change Policy Memo" and notification form, click here.

 

Portable Diesel Engine Fleet Reporting and Emission Requirements – Upcoming Enforcement Action

 

APCD Issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory directed at owners and operators of portable diesel engines who have not yet complied with the state’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) for Diesel Particulate Matter from Portable Engines reporting requirements, or who have fleets that do not meet the fleet emission requirements. These requirements apply to all portable diesel engines whether they are registered with the Statewide Portable Engine Registration Program (PERP), or operating under an APCD Permit to Operate.

 

New State Greenhouse Gas Regulations

 

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is working on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from multiple sectors of California’s economy, as part of the implementation of AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act. Several of ARB’s regulations take effect in 2011 and will affect businesses in Ventura County. ARB’s regulations effective this year will apply to operators of larger industrial and commercial refrigeration systems and semiconductor manufacturers. To assist those affected by ARB’s regulations, the APCD has prepared several Compliance Assistance Advisories. Read more...

 

Air – the search for one clean breath

 

To view film, click here.

 

EV Readiness Plan, Charging Station Grants,& EV Incentives

 

On January 23, 2014, Ventura County APCD and Plug in Central Coast hosted a public workshop to discuss the recently released EV Readiness Plan and EV Charging Station Maps. This Plan was developed under the California Energy Commission Grant No. ARV-11-002. In addition, this workshop provided information on current grant opportunities to install publicly accessible EV charging stations in the county.

 

EV Incentives from VCAPCD no longer available

 

The Ventura County APCD Electric Vehicle Rebate Funds have been depleted and are no longer available. APCD has stopped issuing reservations. Please contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 or stan@vcapcd.org if you have any questions. We do not anticipate any new funds for this program in the foreseeable future.

 

New Advisory for Large Water Heaters and Small Boilers

 

APCD issues a Compliance Assistance Advisory regarding the January 1, 2014 compliance date for manufacturers, suppliers and installers of large water heaters and small boilers. On September 11, 2012, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board amended Rule 74.11.1, Large Water Heaters and Small Boilers. The amended Rule includes a reduction to emission limits from natural gas-fired large water heaters and small boilers. Only those units that meet the new emission limits may be sold, offered for sale or installed in Ventura County.

Manufacturers of water heaters, boilers, steam generators and process heaters are required to have them certified by the Ventura County APCD before they may be sold in Ventura County.

Only those units meeting the emission limits specified in the rule can be sold, offered for sale or installed in Ventura County. Persons selling, offering for sale or installing non-compliant units may be subject to enforcement action by the Ventura County APCD and possible civil penalties.

To view the advisory, please click here.