The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the local air districts are continuing to move towards implementation of the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP). Industries, municipalities, and community members should pay attention to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 and CAPP developments to see if their communities are nominated and/or selected for the inaugural year.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) recently finalized amendments to Rule 219, Exemptions, and Rule 222, Registration. In general, any piece of equipment that generates and emits air pollutants are required to be permitted through SCAQMD unless it is exempt under Rule 219. Rule 222 requires certain exempt sources to file a registration application. These rules are occasionally updated to clarify regulation text, add additional source categories to the exemptions and/or registrations, and modify current exemption and registration categories. Facilities need to be aware of these changes, as some equipment that was previously exempt may now require a permit or registration.
Construction and Remediation Sites Must Comply with New Air Quality Regulations - SCAQMD Adopted Rule 1466
The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) recently adopted new Rule 1466, Control of Particulate Emissions from Soils with Toxic Air Contaminants (TACs). The purpose of the new rule is to regulate particulate emissions resulting from earth-moving activities at sites contaminated with metals and certain other TACs. Specifically, adopted Rule 1466 would apply to sites where one or more Applicable TACs, arsenic, asbestos, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, nickel, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have been identified as contaminants of concern based on concentration thresholds by one or more of the following agencies:
It’s widely known that the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) issues numerous violations and associated fees each year, but knowing which rules SCAQMD inspectors target is more difficult. We have it for you. Using data obtained from the SCAQMD enforcement database, Alta Environmental analyzed the latest trends in SCAQMD enforcement and summarized the SCAQMD data into a Powerpoint Presentation.
The presentation provides detailed information on the frequency in which rules are cited in violations, the total settlement amount for each rule, and the average cost per citation for each rule. In addition, the analysis provides an in depth look into which industries receive the most violations and which industries pay the most in total settlements.
South Coast Air Quality Management District to End RECLAIM Program
At the monthly South Coast AQMD Governing Board meeting in March, the board directed staff to come up with dates that they believe the RECLAIM program can be ended and those facilities that are in the program be switched to command and control regulations. Staff was given until the May 5th board meeting to present the dates. In response, staff organized two working group meetings to be held before then to come up with some time frames. Naturally, other issues other than just the timing on the ending of the program were discussed at these meetings which took place on March 24th and April 19th.
In November 2016, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) finalized Amended Rule 1402. Rule 1402 implements AB2588 within the SCAQMD and requires facilities with large quantities of toxic emissions to prepare Air Toxics Inventory Reports (ATIRs), health risk assessments (HRAs), and risk reduction plans (RRPs). Along with the finalized rule, SCAQMD recently released revised facility prioritization procedures, public notification procedures, and new Voluntary Risk Reduction Plan Participation Guidelines.