Notice of Public Workshop

 Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m.
260 N. San Antonio Road Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

General Project Description:

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) will hold a public workshop at the time and location listed above to discuss new Rule 323.1, Architectural Coatings. The intent of the new rule is to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from:  

  1. Coatings used in the painting of buildings and other structures, and
  2.  Solvents used in association with architectural coating operations.
Who is Affected?

Any person who:  

  • Supplies, sells, or offers for sale any architectural coating for use within the District; or
  • Manufacturers, blends, or repackages any architectural coating for use within the District; or
  • Applies or solicits the application of any architectural coating within the District, or
  • Manufactures or repackages any associated solvent for use within the District; or
  • Performs any solvent cleaning related to the application of any architectural coating operation conducted as part of a business.
Public Comment:

The District is soliciting comments on the project. The District requests that written comments be submitted to the project manager identified below before 5 p.m. on March 25, 2014.

Project Details:

The District is proposing to adopt Rule 323.1 to incorporate the Suggested Control Measure for Architectural Coatings approved by the California Air Resources Board on October 26, 2007. Rule 323.1 will eventually replace existing Rule 323. This new rule lowers VOC content limits for various coating categories in existing Rule 323 and adds new categories with VOC limits. It also includes a ‘sell through’ provision to address coatings manufactured prior to the rule effective date. In addition it addresses solvents used in cleaning application equipment, surface preparation, and cleanup associated with architectural coating operations. It sets the solvents’ VOC content limit at 25 grams per liter. The amendments will result in a VOC emission reduction in Santa Barbara County of about 140 tons per year in calendar year 2020.

Document Availability:

Copies of proposed Rule 323.1 and the Project Description Summary for this rule action may be downloaded for review from this page. Hard copies will be made available upon request.

How to Comment:

Please provide written comments to the project manager, Doug Grapple by email at [email protected], or by mail at Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District, 260 N. San Antonio Rd, Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, Attn: Doug Grapple. Phone number: (805) 961-8883. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the District at least three working days prior to the scheduled meeting.

To be published, February 16, 2014