Compliance Advisories – Archive

May 2012

Advisory: A Lower Water Heater Emission
Limit goes Into Effect on July 1, 2012

Does your business or agency supply, sell, offer for sale, install,
or solicit the installation of natural gas-fired water heaters for
use within Santa Barbara County?  A lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
limit becomes effective on July 1, 2012 for these units.  After
this date, APCD Rule 352 requires natural gas-fired water heaters
rated up to 75,000 British thermal units per hour (on a heat input
basis) to be certified as meeting one of the following NOx limits:

1. 10 nanograms per joule (0.023 pounds of oxides of nitrogen per
million British thermal units) of heat output.
2. 15 parts per million at 3.00 percent stack gas oxygen by volume on a
dry basis.

For additional details, please see the rule available for download (PDF file): Rule 352.pdf.

If you have any questions on the Rule 352 requirements, please
contact the District at (805) 961-8800.

December 2008

Advisory:  New Requirements for Auto Body Shops
go Into Effect on January 1, 2009

Does your business or agency paint cars, trucks or mobile
equipment?  New provisions in the APCD Rule 339 (adopted June 19,
2008) become effective January 1, 2009, establishing updated
operating requirements and coating VOC limits.  For additional details,
please see the rule available for download (PDF file):

Rule339.pdf
. If you have any questions on the new Rule 339
requirements, please contact the APCD at 961-8800.

September 2008

Advisory: New Procedure for Breakdown Reporting

Initial reporting of breakdowns may now be done online using a special form on
this website on this page. You can easily find
this page again by  click on the link for “Compliance/Breakdowns” in the
left column on our home page. Fill in the information on the form, then
hit “Submit Form.” This new online form is designed to reduce errors and repeat
return calls asking for clarification. We will still accept calls to 961-8802,
but prefer that the initial reports be done using the new form. If you have any
questions about the online form, please contact the APCD at
961-8800.

October, 2005

Advisory:  Business with
Portable Diesel Engines

Does your business use a portable diesel engine rated over 50 hp? If yes,
then the engine must be registered with the state or hold a Permit to Operate
with the Air Pollution Control District.

Recent changes in state and local regulations now require owners of diesel
engines of greater than 50 horsepower operating in Santa Barbara County either
to register these engines with the state through the Portable Equipment
Registration Program (PERP) or to obtain a permit from Air Pollution Control
District (APCD).

The state’s registration program for existing engines closes in December.
After that time, all existing unregistered engines will be required to obtain a
permit with the APCD or install additional emissions controls to qualify for the
state program.

Information about the statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program can
be found at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/portable/portable.htm. You can also contact the Statewide
Portable Equipment Registration Information Line at (916) 324-5869 (24 hours) or
during business hours, you may call Jon Pederson at (916) 327-5981.

Operation of portable diesel engines rated greater than 50 bhp that are not
state-registered after December 31, 2005 will be subject to penalties, and
owners will be required to obtain a permit with the APCD.

October, 2005

Attention: Tree Service
Companies

Is your wood chipper powered by an engine of more than 50 hp? If yes, then
the engine must be registered with the state or hold a Permit to Operate with
the Air Pollution Control District.

Recent changes in state and local regulations now require owners of portable
diesel engines rated greater than 50 horsepower operating in Santa Barbara
County either to register the engines with the state through the Portable
Equipment Registration Program (PERP) or obtain a permit from the Air Pollution
Control District (APCD). A mailing on this subject was sent to companies on our
mailing list earlier this year, including Tree Service Companies. This advisory
is a follow-up to that mailing.

The state’s registration program for existing engines closes in December.
After that time, owners of all unregistered engines will be required to obtain a
permit with the APCD or install additional emissions controls to qualify for the
state program.

Information about the statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program can
be found at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/portable/portable.htm. You can also contact the Statewide
Portable Equipment Registration Information Line at (916) 324-5869 (24 hours) or
during business hours, you may call Jon Pederson at (916) 327-5981. Please note
that only the engine is required to be registered. You may register the chipping
equipment as well if you wish, although this is not required

Operation of portable diesel engines rated greater than 50 bhp that are not
state-registered after December 31, 2005 will be subject to penalties, and
owners will be required to obtain a permit with the APCD.

Changes in APCD Rule 351 Requirements for Surface
Coating of Wood Products

April, 2005

Attention: Cabinetmakers and Other Businesses Coating New Furniture and Wood
Products

Soon there will be important changes to the requirements for surface coatings
applied to new wood products. All the required permit forms can be downloaded
from our website, via links highlighted below.

• As of July 1, 2005, reactive organic compound (ROC) limits for coatings as
specified in Section D.1 of APCD Rule 351 will be lowered. The new lower levels
are listed in the table below, and also in Attachment 1 of the Rule (PDF file – download here).

• Either an APCD Permit or a specific APCD permit exemption is required for
facilities that are subject to APCD Rule 351 and use more than 55 gallons of
coatings and solvents (combined) per year. To apply for a permit, please submit
application forms APCD-01 and APCD-22 (Surface Coating Supplement) with the
filing fee. You can download these files from this page.

• If your facility emits less than one ton of pollutants, you may be eligible
for a specific exemption under APCD Rule 202.D.7. To apply for this exemption,
use form APCD-38, on this page.

• APCD Rule 351 does not regulate the application of architectural coatings,
which is covered under APCD Rule 323. On-site coating applications typically do
not require a permit. Download Rule 323 (PDF file) here.

For more information please contact
Eric Kett of the APCD at (805) 614-6789.

Rule351CoatingLimits

Gasoline Stations

February 15, 2005

Attention: Gasoline Station Owners, Operators, Contractors

Final Advisory: Changes in State Requirements for Vapor Recovery Systems
and Gasoline Dispensers

There are important changes in the state requirements regarding Gasoline
Dispensing Facilities (GDF’s) that may affect you or your clients in the near
future.

• As of April 1, 2005 all GDF’s must have Phase I Enhanced Vapor Recovery
(EVR) installed. AND, if there are any major modifications* made to the
GDF prior to that date EVR will be required as part of that modification.
Currently the four certified Phase I EVR systems are listed under Executive
Orders VR-101-D, VR-102-E VR-103-A, VR-104-A (check the California Air Resources
Board – CARB – web site for any updates – www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/eo-evrphaseI.htm.

• More information on vapor recovery requirements can be found on CARB’s
website at:   www.arb.ca.gov/vapor/vapor.htm

• An APCD permit must be obtained prior to upgrading any facility to meet
Phase I EVR requirements.

To apply for a permit, please submit application form APCD-25 with the filing
fee. Form APCD-25 can be downloaded from from
this page, or to download directly (PDF file), click here: apcd-25.pdf.

If modifications requiring a permit have already taken place, an application
must be submitted to the APCD immediately. Any facility operating Phase I EVR
equipment without a permit may be subject to enforcement action. For more
information please contact Paula Iorio of the APCD at (805) 961-8867, or
pii@sbcapcd.org.

This is your Final Advisory. Failure to comply by April 1, 2005 will
result in enforcement action.

*A major modification is defined as either (a) any
modification of the Phase I system that involves the addition, replacement, or
removal of an underground storage tank, or modification that causes the tank top
to be unburied, or (b) modification of the Phase II system that involves the
addition, replacement or removal of 50 percent or more of the buried vapor
piping, or the replacement of dispensers. The replacement of a dispenser is not
a major modification when the replacement is occasioned by end user damage to a
dispenser (re: CARB D-200).


Building Departments in Santa Barbara County

November 12, 2004

Subject: Asbestos

We need your help!

Asbestos is a federally listed Hazardous Air Pollutant that occurs frequently
in construction materials used in older buildings. The APCD enforces the federal
law that regulates the treatment of asbestos in renovations and demolitions of
buildings. This is where we need your help.

The California Health and Safety Code (H&SC) requires any public department
that issues demolition permits to ask for a copy of an asbestos notification.
The H&SC requires building departments to ask for an applicant’s copy of an
asbestos notification or an exemption declaration prior to issuing a demolition
or renovation permit. Demolition permits require an asbestos notification, even
if no asbestos is present! These notifications allow the APCD the opportunity to
inspect regulated structures to determine if any hazardous asbestos containing
materials are present prior to demolition or renovation.

What can you do to help? Ensure that a copy of an asbestos notification or an
exemption declaration accompanies all demolition and renovation applications.
Forms are available on the APCD website. Some departments already provide
project applications or agendas to the APCD for review to assist in identifying
potential regulated structures and activities. APCD staff then notifies
appropriate departmental contacts to flag the application for potential asbestos
notification requirements.

When we receive an asbestos notification we schedule an inspection. If
suspect asbestos is identified during the inspection, the building owner must
provide negative test results via a survey or have the material properly removed
prior to the demolition or renovation of the structure. Asbestos in a building
undergoing demolition or renovation may become friable and cause severe,
long-term health hazard to workers and surrounding residents.

The asbestos law enforced by the APCD defines demolition as: the wrecking or
taking out of any load-supporting member of a facility together with any related
handling operations or the intentional burning of any facility. This may not be
consistent with the description of “demolition” used by your department.

Structures requiring notification include but are not limited to:

• commercial buildings
• schools – Including portable classrooms
• apartments or condominium complexes of five or more units
• structures having past commercial use
• bridges and antenna structures
• commercial or private residences to be burned as a fire training exercise
• urban renewal (where otherwise exempt structures are ordered to be abated or demolished by a government agency)
• industrial complexes such as oil and gas facilities
• residential facilities (two or more separate and/or adjacent residential structures)

In some cases a notification is NOT required. Exemptions include:

• demolition of single-family residence
• renovations involving removal of < 160 ft2 or < 260 linear feet of “friable” asbestos
• renovations involving the non-mechanical removal of non-friable asbestos such
as certain floor tile and roofing projects.

Please contact the APCD at
(805) 961-8800, or call the District Business Assistance Line at (805) 961-8868 if you have any
questions or need additional information about our asbestos enforcement program.
We appreciate your help!

Welders and Metal Fabricators

April 1, 2002

TO: Welders and Metal Fabricators

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has paint
regulations that may affect your business.

In our ongoing effort to keep the air clean for our citizens, we want you to
be aware of several APCD rules related to your business.

Do you paint your finished product? If so, equipment that applies most paint
with minimal overspray is required for all paint spraying projects. An “HVLP”
gun is the recommended device. This spray gun may save you money by applying
more paint to your product with less waste and cleanup.

Do you need an APCD permit? In most cases, NO. If you use less than 55
gallons of primers, paints and thinners (combined) per year, you are exempt from
an APCD permit. However, records must be available if APCD staff visits your
place of business. The APCD will provide forms and assist you in your efforts to
both save paint and help keep the air clean.

Your company may be regulated by one or more of the following rules: Rule 201
(Permits), Rule 202 (Exemptions from Permit), Rule 323 (Architectural Coating),
and Rule 330 (Surface Coating of Metal Parts and Products).

The APCD Rules can be found at our website, here,
or by calling our Business Assistance Line at 961-8868.

Go to the Compliance/Breakdowns page.