Ventura County 2022 Air Quality Management Plan

 

August 31, 2022

 

Proposed Ventura County 2022 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP):

Staff is proposing the adoption of the 2022 AQMP in December 2022, which presents Ventura County’s strategy (including related mandated elements) to attain the 2015 federal 8-hour ozone standard of 70 part per billion (ppb), as required by the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

Photochemical air quality modeling indicates that Ventura County will attain the 2015 federal 8-hour ozone standard by 2026 using local, state, and federal clean air programs. The previous Ventura County AQMP, prepared in 2016, projected attainment of the 2008 federal 8-hour ozone standard by 2020. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a notice of proposed rulemaking on July 14, 2022, determining that Ventura County has attained that standard by its July 20, 2021 attainment date.

The 2022 AQMP presents a combined state and local strategy for attaining the 2015 federal 8-hour ambient air quality standard for ozone, the only federal clean air standard Ventura County does not meet, by the statutory compliance deadline of August 3, 2027. It 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 new countywide emission carrying capacity, a demonstration that Ventura County will attain the federal 8-hour ozone standard, and contingency measures.

Information regarding the proposed plan, including the draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act, is available for review by any interested party at the Air Pollution Control District offices located at 4567 Telephone Road 2nd Floor, Ventura, California, 93003 during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm excluding holidays). The documents are also available on the District website at www.vcapcd.org.

Written comments regarding the proposed plan may be addressed to John Henkelman of the Air Pollution Control District at the address above or sent by email to john@vcapcd.org, and should be received no later than September 30, 2022.

Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15082(c)(1), a public meeting or workshop is not required for a Negative Declaration. However, the District will be conducting a public workshop for the contents of the Draft AQMP during the public comment period.

Said public workshop is to be held:

 

Thursday, September 29, 2022
3:00 p.m.
By Remote Participation Only

 

Remote participation is available in the following ways:

1. From your home computer, smartphone, or tablet by clicking the link below at the scheduled time and date:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82221852193?pwd=Yjd6UVlnMnoyK0dNdWFGaGJvTjlWQT09

2. From a phone by calling 669-900-9128 at the scheduled time and date. When prompted, enter the meeting ID and password provided below:

Zoom Meeting Information:
Meeting ID: 822 2185 2193
Password: 919341