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Chuck Thomas, Manager (805) 645-1427

 

Stan Cowen, Air Quality Engineer, (805) 645-1408

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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December 13, 2016

New Rule 74.34 Adopted, NOx Reductions from Miscellaneous Sources

On December 13, 2016, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District Board adopted new Rule 74.34. This new rule will reduce Oxide of Nitrogen (NOx) from dryers, furnaces, incinerators, kilns, ovens, and duct burners. This new rule will implement an All Feasible Measure requirement of the California Clean Air Act (Health and Safety Code 40914). Ventura County APCD’s Air Quality Management Plan relies on adopting All Feasible Measures to help attain the state ambient ozone air quality standard.

New NOx limits have been adopted for existing units rated at 5 million BTU/hr and greater. The NOx limits range from 30 ppm NOx at 3% oxygen to 60 ppm depending upon source category and process temperature. These standards are similar to those adopted by the South Coast AQMD in 2008 (Rule 1147) and by the San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD adopted in 2005 (Rule 4309). A NOx limit of 40 ppm at 3% oxygen was adopted for asphalt manufacturing (dryers), sand dryers, and duct burners.. Alternative standards in terms of pounds per million BTU heat input were adopted for all NOx limits (SCAQMD Rule 1147). In addition, a new NOx limit of 80 ppm was adopted for kilns based on the nitrogen content of the process aggregate and biodiesel additive. Also, an alternative compliance plan for existing kilns will allow NOx emissions of 3.9 pound per hour per kiln provided the kilns are equipped with low-NOx burners.

Other requirements include emission source testing every 48 months and annual emission screenings using a portable analyzer. Exemptions from rule requirements are included for air pollution control devices such as afterburners, oxidizers, flares, and vapor incinerators. Other exemptions were included for gas flares, yankee hood furnaces, and external combustion equipment subject to Rule 74.15, Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters.

The new ruleand staff report may be downloaded below.

Contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 or via email stan@vcapcd.org if you have questions or comments.

 

 


 

April 12, 2016

Amended Rule 42, Permit Fees:

On April 12, 2016 the Air Pollution Control Board adopted revised Rule 42, Permit Fees. The revised rule and staff report may be downloaded below. The revision increases permit renewal fees by 2.0 percent, effective July 1, 2016. For permit holders paying the minimum fee, this revision will result in an increase of $11.00 per year. District operations are funded by state and federal grants, automobile registration fees, and fees charged to sources of air pollution. The District receives no property tax revenue or Ventura County general fund revenue. The fee increase is necessary to offset rising expenses and reductions in federal grant funding.

Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Tyler Harris at tyler@vcapcd.org or 805/645-1407.

 


 

November 10, 2015

Amendments to Rule 26.13, New Source Review – Prevention of Significant Deterioration:

On November 10, 2015, the Air Pollution Control Board adopted revisions to Rule 26.13, New Source Review – Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD). The Board adopted revisions to four sections including the addition of several new subsections to Rule 26.13. The revisions were requested by USEPA to address deficiencies identified in the original rule. District staff added additional minor editorial revisions. The overall intent of Rule 26.13 is to adopt 40 CFR Section 52.21, the federal PSD regulation, by reference.

 

The revisions to Rule 26.13 will facilitate delegation of PSD permitting authority from USEPA to VCAPCD. The revisions include updates required as a result of court decisions and clarifications regarding enforceability and responsible parties. New requirements address interagency notification requirements, application completeness determination, applicant notification requirements, public participation requirements, greenhouse gas requirements and options for PSD permitting of power plants regulated by the California Energy Commission.

 

Amended Rule 26.13 and the Staff Report may be downloaded below. Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Tyler Harris at tyler@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1407.

 

 


 

June 23, 2015

Amendments to Rule 74.15.1, Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters:

On June 23, 2015, the Air Pollution Control Board adopted revisions to Rule 74.15.1 This rule will implement an All Feasible Measures requirement of the California Clean Air Act (H&SC Section 40914). Ventura County APCD’s 2007 Air Quality Management Plan relies on adopting All Feasible Measures to help attain the state ambient ozone air quality standard.

 

New NOx limits for units rated at greater than 2 million BTU/hr and less than 5 million BTU/hr will only apply to new or replacement boilers, steam generators, or process heaters. These new NOx limits are categorized by type of gaseous fuel and whether or not the unit has an atmospheric or a pressurized combustion chamber. These NOx limits only apply to units installed after January 1, 2016.

 

The NOx parts per million emission limitations are expressed as nitrogen dioxide, and are referenced to 3 percent volume stack gas oxygen on a dry basis averaged over 15 consecutive minutes. The amendments are based on a similar standards adopted by the San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD (Rule 4307) and by the South Coast AQMD Rule (1146.1). The Rule 74.15.1 Revisions, and the Staff Report may be downloaded below.

 

Please direct questions or requests for additional information to Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.

 


 

January 13, 2015

Rule 74.33, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Transfer or Dispensing
On January 13, 2015, The Air Pollution Control Board adopted new Rule 74.33. The rule and staff report may be downloaded below. This rule will reduce reactive organic compound (ROC) emissions associated with the transfer and dispensing of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This rule, which is based on SCAQMD Rule 1177, would apply to the transfer of LPG to or from any cargo tank, any stationary or portable tank, or any cylinder, with the exception of LPG cylinders installed on recreational vehicles. Also, the proposed rule would not apply to the transfer of LPG into any container having a water capacity of less than 4 gallons. In addition, this new rule will not apply to oilfield LPG tanker truck loading facilities subject to both Rule 71.3, Transfer of ROC Liquids, and Rule 74.10, Components at Crude Oil and Natural Gas Production and Processing Facilities.
This proposed rule will implement an All Feasible Measures requirement of the California Clean Air Act (Health and Safety Code Section 40914). For additional information, contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408, or stan@vcapcd.org.

 


 

January 14, 2014

Amended Rule 54, Sulfur Compounds and Amended Rule 42, Permit Fees:

The Air Pollution Control Board adopted amendments to Rule 54, Sulfur Compounds and Rule 42, Permit Fees as a result of a public hearing on January 14, 2014. The amendments add the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard of 75 ppb SO2 to Rule 54 as a ground or sea level concentration limit, with a description of the design value and compliance demonstration options. In addition, the amendments clarify the SO2 combustion emission limit in Rule 54 by adding requirements to calculate the exhaust concentration of SO2 on a dry basis and correct for a percent oxygen content based on the emission source. The amendments also clarify the method of calculating the planned flaring excess emission fee in Rule 54 and Rule 42 for consistency.

The provisions of these amendments are effective upon adoption as of Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Tyler Harris at (805) 645-1407.

 

 

 

November 12, 2013

Rule 74.31, Metalworking Fluids and Direct Contact Lubricants and Amendments to Rule 23, Exemptions from Permit:

The Air Pollution Control Board adopted new Rule 74.31, which is based on South Coast AQMD Rule 1144 and amendments to Rule 23, Exemptions from Permit. The purpose of Rule 74.31 is to reduce Reactive Organic Compound (ROC) emissions from the use of metal working fluids and direct contact lubricants. Staff has estimated ROC emission reductions of 41 tons per year, and the cost-effectiveness ranges from a cost savings to $0.40 per pound of ROC reduced based on SCAQMD estimates. In addition, Rule 23, Exemptions from Permit, was amended to exempt those sources using Super Compliant Materials (50 g/l ROC or less) from permit requirements. Metal forging operations will continue to require APCD permits. Also, special operations, which are unable to use Super Compliant Materials, are proposed to be exempt from permit requirements regardless of ROC content. These include: lapping, sinker electrical discharge machining, carbide grinding machine tools, and machining of aluminum or magnesium. New Rule 74.31, amendments to Rule 23, and the Staff Report may be downloaded below.

 

Requests for additional information should be directed to Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 e-mailed to stan@vcapcd.org.

 

 

 

Advisory Committee Meetings

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February 28, 2017

Amended Rule 42, Permit Fees:

On February 28, 2017, The Advisory Committee will consider the proposed amendments to Rule 42, Permit Fees. The revision increases permit renewal fees by 2.5 percent, effective July 1, 2017. For permit holders paying the minimum fee, this revision will result in an increase of $14.00 per year. District operations are funded by state and federal grants, automobile registration fees, and fees charged to sources of air pollution. The District receives no property tax revenue or Ventura County general fund revenue. The fee increase is necessary to offset rising expenses and reductions in federal grant funding.

 

Please direct any questions or requests for additional information to Stan Cowen at stan@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1408. The meeting notice and staff report may be downloaded below. The rule amendment is summarized on the back page of the Notice and as Appendix A in the staff report.

 

 

 

Public Workshops

 

No Public Workshops on new or amended rules are presently scheduled.

 

Public Consultation Meetings

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

 

 

Rule Development Calendar

 

January 10 2017

2017 Rule Development Calendar:

On January 10, 2017, the Air Pollution Control Board adopted the 2017 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 2017 Rule Development Calendar is available below. For additional information or questions, contact  Chuck Thomas by email at chuck@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 Stan Cowen via email: stan@vcapcd.org or (805) 645-1408.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

January 1, 2014

Metalworking Fluids and Direct-Contact Lubricants

(Rule 74.31 – New): Effective January 1, 2014, no person shall use any metalworking fluid, vanishing oil, or direct-contact lubricant with an ROC content in excess of the limits specified in Subsection B.1 of the rule. However, if a metalworking fluid was purchased prior to January 1, 2014, it may be used until January 1, 2015, in order to allow users to deplete existing inventories. The prohibition of sale and distribution of noncomplying fluids will become effective on January 1, 2014.

 

For additional information, contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.

 

 

January 1, 2013 and January 1, 2014

Large Water Heaters and Small Boilers

(Rule 74.11.1 – Revised): Effective January 1, 2013, units for sale from over 400,000 BTUs/hr up to 1 million BTUs/hr must meet a NOx limit of 20 ppm. Effective January 1, 2014, all units for sale from 75,000 BTUs/hr to 400,000 BTUs/hr (except pool heaters) shall meet a NOx limit of 20 ppm. Pool heaters are still required to meet the existing NOx limit of 55 ppm. This rule applies only to natural gas fired units. These new NOx limits are based on existing requirements in the South Coast AQMD. The South Coast AQMD maintains a list of complying equipment. For additional information, contact Stan Cowenen at (805) 645-1408.
 

 

January 1, 2013

Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters

(Rule 74.15.1 – Revised): Effective January 1, 2013, all new units (1 to 2 million BTUs/hr) must meet a NOx limit of 20 ppm. New units shall be certified by the South Coast AQMD requirements outlined in South Coast AQMD Rule 1146.2. Source testing must be performed at initial installation and every 4 years thereafter for this boiler size range. Annual screening for NOx and CO emissions will also be required except when a source test of the unit is performed. Requirements for screening notifications, test methods, and reports are described in a Compliance Assistance Advisory on the District’s website. For additional information, contact Lyle Olson at (805) 645-1413.

 

 

December 1, 2012

Aerospace Assembly and Component Manufacturing Operations

(Rule 74.13 – Revised): Effective December 1, 2012, the ROC composite vapor pressure limit for coating application equipment cleaners was lowered from 45 mm Hg to 5 mm Hg at 20oC. There continues to be a requirement for operators to use an enclosed spray gun cleaner or low-emission spray gun cleaner. Also, this rule still does not apply to aerospace cleaning performed inside a degreaser. These amendments to Rule 74.13 were based on an All Feasible Measures requirement pursuant to the California Clean Air Act. For additional information, contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.

 

 

December 1, 2012

Adhesives and Sealants

(Rule 74.20 – Revised): Effective December 1, 2012, the ROC content limit is 25 grams per liter for substrate surface preparation (except for inkjet printer head assembly), solvent cleaning, and spray equipment cleaning used in adhesive operations. These amendments to Rule 74.20 were based on an All Feasible Measures requirement pursuant to the California Clean Air Act. For additional information, contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408.

 

 

December 1, 2012

Marine Coatings

(Rule 74.24 – Revised): Effective December 1, 2012, the ROC content limit is 25 grams per liter for substrate surface preparation, solvent cleaning, and spray equipment cleaning used in marine coating operations. These amendments to Rule 74.24 were based on an All Feasible Measures requirement pursuant to the California Clean Air Act. For additional information, contact Stan Cowen at (805) 645-1408 or stan@vcapcd.org.

 

 

September 11, 2012

Boilers, Steam Generators, and Process Heaters

(Rule 74.15.1 – Revised): Effective September 11, 2012, all units (1 to 5 million BTUs/hr) with an annual heat input greater than 1.8 million BTUs must be screened annually for NOx and CO emissions. Source testing will still be required every two (2) years for boilers between 2 and 5 million BTUs/hr, and screenings will not be required when a source test is performed. Requirements for screening notifications, test methods, and reports are described in a Compliance Assistance Advisory on the District’s website. For additional information, contact Lyle Olson at (805) 645-1413 or lyle@vcapcd.org.