2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan

 

Public Hearing February 14, 2017
Air Pollution Control Board

The District is proposing the adoption of the 2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP). The 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, 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.

 

The public hearing before the Ventura County Air Pollution Control Board will be held at the following time and location:

 

February 14, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Ventura County Government Center
Board of Supervisors Meeting Room
800 South Victoria Avenue
Ventura, CA 93009

 

The public is invited to attend this hearing and provide comments to the Board.

 

The Final Draft 2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan contains the following new information, updates, and revisions to the Draft 2016 Ventura County Air Quality Management Plan as published in October 2016:

 

  1. Updated ozone photochemical attainment modeling (Chapter 5 and Appendices H, and I)
  2. Inclusion of Unmonitored Area Analysis (Chapter 5 and Appendix J)
  3. Updated Weight of Evidence assessment (Chapter 5 and Appendix K)
  4. Expanded Stationary Source Reasonably Available Control Measures Assessment (Chapter 3 and Appendix E)
  5. Inclusion of New Control Measure R-303-2017, Architectural Coatings, (Chapter 3 and Appendix E)
  6. Revised Reasonable Further Progress Demonstration (Chapter 6)
  7. Revised Mobile Source Reasonably Available Control Measure Assessment (Chapter 5 and Appendix G)
  8. Inclusion of key California Air Resources Board mobile source regulations and programs providing emission reductions (Appendix C)
  9. Revised discussion of Transportation Conformity (Chapter 3)
  10. Inclusion of 2020 Attainment Target Date discussion (Chapter 5)
  11. Updated historical Ventura County air quality trends data (Chapter 1)
  12. Inclusion of new Control Technique Guideline for the oil and natural gas industry (Chapter 3; Table 3-4)
  13. Various textual and organizational revisions including new and retitled appendices

 

None of the new information, updates, or revisions in the Final Draft 2016 Ventura County AQMP change the conclusions of the Draft 2016 Ventura County AQMP that Ventura County will attain the 2008 federal 8-hour ozone standard by 2020, achieve the mandated RFP emission reductions, and comply with all other applicable requirements of the federal Clean Air Act and U.S. EPA regulations. Likewise, none of the new information, updates, or revisions change the conclusions of the Draft Negative Declaration for the Draft 2016 Ventura County AQMP.

 

Both the Draft 2016 Ventura County AQMP and accompanying Negative Declaration were posted and available for 30-day public review ending on November 9, 2016.

 

Please direct any comments, questions, or requests for additional information to Chuck Thomas at chuck@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1427 or Tyler Harris at tyler@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1407.

 

Written comments may be mailed to 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA, 93003, faxed to (805) 645-1444, or e-mailed to chuck@vcapcd.org and should be received no later than 5:00 PM on January 24, 2017.