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Ali Ghasemi, Manager (805) 645-1427

 

Ali Lakhdar-Hamina, AQ Engineer (805) 645-1418

Danny McQuillan, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1432

Tyler Harris, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1407

 

CURRENT PROJECTS:

 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) classify Ventura County as a non-attainment area for both the federal and state ozone air quality standards. In addition, Ventura County does not meet state particulate matter (PM) standards.

 

Therefore, the District must develop and implement rules designed to reduce air pollutants being emitted from local sources. The District's rules apply to many activities including open burning, incineration, gasoline storage, painting, solvent use, dry cleaning, screen printing, asphalt paving, chrome plating, fuel burning, landfills, and others.

 

With pollution still threatening our skies, the economy and public health continue to be at risk. The Rule Development Section is challenged with the task of developing rules to reduce emissions while minimizing their socioeconomic impacts.

 

Air Pollution Control Board Meetings

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November 12, 2019

Proposed Adjustments to BACT Cost Effectiveness Thresholds for ROC and NOx
On November 12, 2019, the Air Pollution Control Board adopted proposed cost adjustments to the screening levels used to determine Best Available Control Technology (BACT), Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) and the cost-effectiveness in Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) rule development. The screening level used by District had not been adjusted since 1988. Adjustments to BACT are consistent with neighboring air district limits and adjustments to BARCT for NOx is consistent with CPI increase over the same duration and is less than SCAQMD.

 

For additional information or questions, contact Danny McQuillan via email or by telephone at (805) 645-1432.

 

 

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November 12, 2019

Proposed Amendments to Rule 74.23, Stationary Gas Turbines

On November 12, 2019, the Air Pollution Control Board adopted the proposed amendments to Rule 74.23, Stationary Gas Turbines. These amendments will reduce Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx) and Ammonia (NH3) emissions from stationary gas turbines. The proposed emissions limits for existing stationary gas turbines are 2.5 ppm NOx and 10 ppm ammonia (NH3). This is based on similar standards proposed by South Coast Air Quality Management District (PAR Rule 1134).

 

The clean version of Rule 74.23, the proposed rule amendments in strikeout/underline format and the final staff report may be downloaded below. Please direct any comments, questions, or requests for additional information to Danny McQuillan at danny@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1432.
 

 


 

Advisory Committee Meetings

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March 24, 2020

Proposed Amendments to Rule 42, Permit Fees, Rule 45.2, Asbestos Removal Fees, and Rule 128, Compensation – Hearing Board Members

The Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Advisory Committee will consider recommending proposed amendments to Rule 42, Permit Fees, Rule 45.2, Asbestos Removal Fees, and Rule 128, Compensation – Hearing Board Members. Proposed amendments to Rule 42 adjust Permit Renewal Fees by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) of 3 percent (rounded to the nearest whole dollar), effective July 1, 2020, and clarify existing language regarding future year application of CPI. For most permit holders, adoption of this proposal will result in a fee increase of $19 per year. Amendments to Rule 45.2 include fee increases for asbestos containing material (ACM) removal to recover actual staff resources used in implementing the program. Proposed amendment to Rule 128 increases the compensation received by Hearing Board Members for participating in variance hearing activities, to catch up with the cost of living increases since the rule’s last modification.

 

The draft staff report and rule language are available below. A summary of the proposed revisions are attached. The proposal fee adjustments are needed to offset the effect of inflation and increased work related to stationary sources.

 

The Advisory Committee will occur on the First Floor Meeting Room at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, at the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Offices, 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA 93003.

 

Please direct any comments, questions, or requests for additional information to Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432. Written comments may be mailed to 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA, 93003, or e-mailed to danny@vcapcd.org.
 


 

 

Public Workshopss

 

May 2, 2019

Proposed New Rule 74.32, Compostable Material Handling and Conversion Operations

District staff will hold a public consultation meeting on proposed new Rule 74.32, Compostable Material Handling and Conversion Operations. Staff is proposing to reduce reactive organic compound (ROC) and other emissions associated with the handling and processing of organic materials to create beneficial products such as mulch, compost and renewable energy. The proposed rulemaking will regulate composting and associated processes. ROC and ammonia emissions from composting operations are the focus of this rulemaking since they are they are currently the largest unregulated source in the county (250 tons ROC per year and 45 tons ammonia per year). The purpose of this meeting is to solicit input on the proposed rule applicability and emission control requirements summarized in the attachment to this notice. The proposed applicability targets all facilities that emit greater than 1,000 pounds ROC per year or higher. This applicability threshold is significantly higher than the 200 pounds ROC per year threshold that currently applies to coating operations in Ventura County.

 

This rule development will implement ROC Control Measure R-607 as required by the Ventura County APCD’s 2016 Air Quality Management Plan. In addition, this rule will implement an All Feasible Measures requirement of the California Clean Air Act (H&SC Section 40914). Ventura County APCD’s 2016 Air Quality Management Plan relies on adopting specified emission control measures and All Feasible Measures to help attain the state ambient ozone air quality standard.

 

The public consultation meeting notice may be downloaded below.

 

The public consultation meeting will occur in the First Floor Meeting Room at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Offices, 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA 93003.

 

Please direct any comments, questions, or requests for additional information to Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432. Written comments may be mailed to 669 County Square Drive, Ventura, CA, 93003, or e-mailed to danny@vcapcd.orgg.

 


 

September 28, 2017

Proposed Amendments to Rule 74.2, Architectural Coatings

On September 28, 2017, staff will hold a public workshop on proposed amendments to Rule 74.2, which will reduce Reactive Organic Compound (ROC) emissions from the use of architectural coatings. This proposal will implement Control Measure R-333-2017 from our 2016 Air Quality Management Plan, and it is required under the California Clean Air Act to adopt all feasible measures (Health and Safety Code 40914).

 

This rule development is based on the current ROC content limits on coatings and colorants from the South Coast AQMD Rule 1113, Architectural Coatings, except for the Recycle Coatings category. Since the SCAQMD has removed the compliance averaging provisions, these are now standalone ROC content limits without the need for complicated recordkeeping and emission tracking systems. At this time, staff is not proposing to remove the current one liter or smaller coating container exemption. This proposal does include new test methods that use gas chromatography to accurately measure the ROC content for low-ROC coatings.

 

The public is invited to attend this meeting and provide input on this rule development. The workshop notice and summary, the proposed rule amendments in strikeout/underline format, and the draft staff report may be downloaded below. Contact Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432 if you have questions or comments. If you would like to participate in this workshop via conference call, the Dial-in Number is (513) 386-0000 and the access code is 497415#.

 

In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Ventura County APCD will be the lead agency and will reuse the November 2009 Final Environmental Impact Report on Proposed Amendments to Rule 74.2, Architectural Coatings. The Notice of Preparation and the Initial Study may be downloaded below. Due to time limits mandated by state law, your response must be sent at the earliest possible date, but no later than 30 days after receipt.

 

The workshop slides for the Sept 288th meeting may be downloaded below.

 


 

Public Consultation Meetings

No Public Consultation Meetings on new or amended rules are presently scheduled.

 

Rule Development Calendar

 

2020 Rule Development Calendar:

On December 10, 2019, the Air Pollution Control Board will consider adopting the 2020 Rule Development Calendar. Health and Safety Code §40923(a) requires the District to publish each January a list of regulatory measures scheduled, or tentatively scheduled, for consideration during the following year. Except for limited exceptions, the District may only propose consideration of regulatory measures during a year if those measures appear on the published list. State law does not require that the rulemaking calendar include control measures to comply with federal requirements, to abate substantial endangerment to the public health, to implement Air Toxic Control Measures published by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), or to implement contingency measures after a CARB determination of inadequate progress. The 2020 Rule Development Calendar is available below as a download. For additional information or questions, contact Ali Ghasemi by email at aghasemi@vcapcd.org or by telephone at (805) 645-1427

 

 

 

 

Compliance Dates

 

July 1, 2015

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) Transfer and Dispensing

(Rule 74.33 – New): Effective July 1, 2015, all LPG Bulk Facilities are required to have vapor recovery or equalization systems for all LPG transfers with both vapor tight and liquid tight components. Also, effective July 1, 2015, both LPG Bulk Facilities and LPG Transfer or Dispensing Facilities are required to initiate a Leak Detection and Repair program. LPG Bulk Facilities are required to submit reports on prior year installation of Low Emission Connectors and Low Emission Fixed Liquid Level Gauges (FLLG) prior to July 1, 2017.

 

New requirements were adopted for both LPG Transfer or Dispensing Facilities and Mobile Fuelers for low emission equipment upgrades as follows:

 

  1. Stationary LPG storage tanks: Low emission FLLGs or closed during filling (installation schedule: when tank is taken out of service but no later than Jan 1, 2017.
  2. Cargo tanks: Low Emission FLLG (installation schedule: new cargo tanks or manufactured after Jan 13, 2015; whenever evacuated, or no later than 5 years after latest hydro test that occurred prior to rule adoption date.)
  3. Low Emission Connectors must be installed prior to July 13, 2016.

 

Both the adopted rule and staff report may be downloaded below. Appendix 1 of the staff report contains a table of qualified Low Emission Connectors. Other components may be installed provided the operator can demonstrate that the connector meets the low emission criteria as defined in Rule 74.33. For additional information, contact Danny McQuillan at (805) 645-1432.

 

 

 

January 14, 2014

Sulfur Compounds

(Rule 54 – Revised): Effective January 14, 2014 all sources of sulfur dioxide emissions must meet a new ground or sea level sulfur dioxide concentration limit of 75 ppb at or beyond the property line. Revised Rule 54 includes a description of the design value that must be compared to the concentration limit and options for demonstrating compliance. At this time, no action is required by existing sources to demonstrate compliance. In addition, all sources subject to the SO2 combustion emission limit in Rule 54 must meet the combustion emission limit on a dry basis and correct for a percent oxygen content based on the emission source. This clarification of the combustion emission limit for sulfur dioxide must be applied during the next regularly scheduled source test. Those sources subject to the planned flaring excess emission fee in Rule 54 and Rule 42 should note that the revised rules codify current District policy and practice.

 

For additional information, contact Tyler Harris at (805) 645-1407.