Agriculture - Odors And Spraying
Agriculture - Open Burning
Smoke and Odors
Odors and Spraying
The California Health & Safety Code exempts odors from agricultural operations from Public Nuisance.
Agricultural operations include:
Contact the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's office at (805) 933-3165.
No. Pesticide spraying complaints and requests for information are handled by the Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner's office. They can provide information of what's being sprayed, by whom and for how long.
For more information on Pesticides you can also contact:
State law allows agricultural burning to be reasonably regulated but not prohibited. District Rule 56 regulates all open fires, including agricultural burning. The requirements of Rule 56 minimize public exposure to smoke and ash fallout while allowing farmers to burn.
The Air Pollution Control District meteorologists, in consultation with the Fire Department and California Air Resources Board, decide when to declare a burn day. Agricultural burning may be allowed in the morning, the afternoon or the morning and afternoon. The District maintains the "Agricultural Burn Forecast" voicemail center, which is updated twice a day with the current forecast.
For more information on the Agricultural Burn process you can contact the District Meteorologists at (805) 662-6960.
Call the District's "Agricultural Burn Forecast" voicemail center at (805) 654-2807 to hear the updated burn status or click here. The message is updated at 8am and 4pm daily.
The District regulates demolition and renovation operations that include the removal of Asbestos Containing Materials from buildings and residences (except for projects at single-unit dwellings, performed by the owner/occupant). See the District's Asbestos Web Page for more information.
No. The Environmental Protection Agency regulates Freon & CFC Refrigerant. Refrigerators and motor vehicle air conditioners use Freon & CFC Refrigerants for cooling. For general information about Stratospheric Ozone Depletion contact the EPA's Stratospheric Ozone Depletion Information Hotline at (800) 296-1996 or visit EPA's website at http://www.epa.gov/ozone.
To register an air quality complaint with California Air Resources Board
See the District's Air Quality Complaints Web Page for more information.
Smoke and Odors
The District has no direct jurisdiction over residential fireplaces. However, the District may send a letter to the resident to make them aware of the problem and request their cooperation. The letter also informs them of the potential fines and penalties associated with creating a public nuisance.
The California State Health and Safety Code provides an exemption to the opacity limits for "Open outdoor fires used only for cooking of food for human beings or for recreational purposes." However, cooking odors are not exempt from causing a public nuisance. If a sufficient number of complaints are reported to the District and an Inspector witnesses the problem, the District can issue a Notice of Violation.
A District Inspector can often resolve these complaints by making the source aware of the problem and letting them know a complaint has been registered. A restaurant can change its operating practices, improve maintenance of its cooking equipment, or install odor control equipment. Restaurants are not exempt from public nuisance. If a sufficient number of complaints are reported to the District and an Inspector witnesses the problem, a Notice of Violation can be issued.
The District responds to dust complaints and, if necessary, will inform the source that the problem needs to be abated. In the case of a construction site, the District will request that the dust be kept to a minimum. Ways to reduce dust include using water trucks, restricting earthmoving activities to times when the wind is low, and altering work practices.
The District will inspect a permitted business to determine whether the business is complying with their permit conditions and District Rules. If a company is operating in violation of their permit or District Rule or they are causing a public nuisance, the District can issue a Notice of Violation.
No. The District has no jurisdiction over Indoor Air Quality issues (IAQ).
Carbon monoxide is a by-product of combustion and can be found inside buildings. For information contact EPA's Web Page For Indoor Air Quality and search for "carbon monoxide".
No. You can contact the following agencies with questions on Radon:
For more information on Radon and to obtain a copy of radon-mitigation companies in your area, contact the Consumer Federation of America Foundation's Radon Fix-it Program at (800) 644-6999. The program is free.
Mold is an indoor air quality problem and is not regulated by the District. To determine if your home or office has a mold problem you will need to hire a properly trained Hygienist. Consult the yellow pages under "Building and Home Inspection Services" and "Laboratories - Testing".
State law requires anyone who sells, transfers or rents residential, commercial, or industrial real property or a public entity that owns, leases, or operates a building who knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, that mold is present affecting the unit or building and exceeding the permissible exposure limits to mold, would be required to provide a written disclosure to potential buyers, prospective tenants, renters, landlords, or occupants of the mold conditions.
The Air Pollution Control District is not involved in the implementation of this law. Nor does the District have the capability to determine or test for the presence of mold. However, in the interest of providing the public with as much information as possible on this subject, information and resources have been compiled.
No. The District has no jurisdiction over lead paint issues.
You can report a smoking vehicle to our Smoking Vehicles Hotline at (800) 559-SMOG (7664). You need to report the following information:
The District will access DMV records to obtain the name and address of the vehicle's registered owner. The District will send a letter to the vehicle owner to inform them that their vehicle was reported to be smoking and recommend that they correct the problem. After the owner makes the necessary repairs, they are asked to notify the District.
If you observe smoke from any of these vehicles, report it to the Districtís 24-hour complaint line at (805) 654-2797. The District will investigate. However, the District does not have a specific rule prohibiting emissions from mobile sources. State regulations limit the amount of time commercial diesel trucks and buses can idle. For more information see the ARB site for School Bus Idling and Commercial Vehicle Idling.
There are currently almost 555,000 motor vehicles registered in our county. And, according to the Ventura County Transportation Commission, about fifteen million miles are driven in Ventura County every day. Why is this critical to air pollution? Motor vehicles are responsible for over 50 percent of the air pollution in Ventura County. A typical car equipped with air pollution control devices will spew out some 300 pounds of smog-forming compounds and 34 tons of carbon monoxide over the course of its lifetime! However, a new car sold today is 97 percent cleaner than its predecessor 25 years ago. The primary pollutants stemming from motor vehicles are nitrogen oxides (NOx) and reactive organic compounds (ROC). When these come in contact with sunlight, ozone is formed, and ozone is our most serious air pollution problem here.
New motorcycles may be lighter and more fuel efficient than passenger cars, but they are more polluting. The average new motorcycle emits approximately 20 times more hydrocarbons (1.9 grams/mile) than the average new car (less than 0.1 grams/mile) and about four times more than the average car on the road (0.5 grams/mile). The Air Resources Board has adopted new emission standards for motorcycles that will bring them more in line with, but still not less than, new passenger car emissions beginning in 2004. Information on the new on-road motorcycle standards is on the ARB website at http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/motcycle/onrdmc.htm.
When employers conduct their employee commute survey for Rule211, motorcycle trips are counted as drive alone trips. The survey is based on occupancy only. A motorcycle trip could possibly be a 2 person carpool. This survey method provides an estimate of average vehicle occupancy (AVR) for each of the countyís large employers. Other factors such as a longer commutes and older vehicles can produce more pollution, but are not considered for this survey. Our intention is to decrease the number of vehicles on our roads, reducing air pollution and congestion (which creates additional air pollution). The size of the vehicle, or itís engine, is not a factor. Motorcycles are allowed on some HOV carpool lanes. This decision was made due to the limited road space that motorcycles take up, certainly not due to their air quality efficiency.
Well, itís really both. Ozone, in fact, has a dual personality. Ozone in the stratosphere, (9 Ė 30 kilometers above the Earthís surface) protects our world from the sunís harmful ultraviolet rays. But when ozone is in the troposphere (0 - 9 kilometers), it is a harmful pollutant that can cause health problems. Ozone is always the same toxic compound. Its effect simply depends on where it is in the atmosphere.
Ground level ozone is the primary ingredient of smog. Itís a colorless, highly reactive gas produced by a complicated web of chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and reactive hydrocarbons and sunlight.
These "ozone precursors" come from varied sources like gasoline vapors, chemical solvents, fuel combustion, and household products such as hairspray, glass and oven cleaners, and deodorants. Maximum ozone concentrations occur in the afternoon, when sunlight is the strongest.
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