Water Heaters:  Lower Emission Limit
New Requirements for Auto Body Shops
New Procedure for Breakdown Reporting
Businesses with Portable Diesel Engines
Tree Service Companies
Wood Coatings
Gasoline Stations
Building Departments
Welders and Metal Fabricators

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 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 Glenn Griffin of the APCD at (805) 961-8889.

Coating Limits from Rule 351

 

ROC LIMITS

(less water and exempt compounds)

 

 

On and After

7/1/97

On and After

7/1/2005

 

(g/L)

(lb/gal)

(g/L)

(lb/gal)

Clear topcoats

550

4.6

275

2.3

Filler

500

4.2

275

2.3

High-Solid Stains

 

 

 

 

Non-glaze

700

5.8

240

2.0

Glaze

700

5.8

240

2.0

Inks

500

4.2

500

4.2

Mold-Seal Coatings

750

6.3

750

6.3

Multi-Colored Coating

350

2.9

275

2.3

Pigmented Coating

350

2.9

275

2.3

Sealer

550

4.6

275

2.3

 

ROC LIMITS

Low-Solids Stain, Toner, or Washcoat

 

480

 

4.0

 

120

 

1.0

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.

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