Notice of Public Workshop

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) will hold a public workshop at the time and location listed above to discuss the draft revisions to Rule 361 and Rule 342. The draft rule revisions require all newly installed and modified units to meet a lower oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emission standard. These standards are based on similar requirements adopted by the Ventura County APCD, the San Joaquin Valley Unified APCD, and the South Coast AQMD. The District will also be addressing the Assembly Bill 617 Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) standards as they relate to the largest sources of air pollution in the County.

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Burton Mesa Pile Burning Project

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be conducting pile burns in the Burton Mesa area over several days starting as early as February 25 and through June 1. The goal of these burns is to reduce biomass created as the result of community defensible space treatments completed by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department last year. Community defensible space treatments help to reduce potential property loss as well as reduce the risk to homeowners in the event of wildfire.

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APCD Hearing Board Agenda – February 6, 2019

February 6, 2019 Agenda  |  Public Notice |  Meeting Audio A.          CALL TO ORDER – ROLL CALL B.          ELECTION OF CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR FOR 2019 – Elect the Chair and Vice-Chair to serve as APCD Officers for calendar year 2019. C.          APPROVAL

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Regional Electric Drive 805 Coalition Launches

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District), along with the Air Pollution Control Districts of San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties, Community Environmental Council (CEC), the Central Coast Clean Cities Coalition (C5), and Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA) are teaming up to launch “Electric Drive 805.” This new coalition of local government agencies and non-profits will lead local efforts to increase access to affordable electric vehicles.

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Old Car Buy Back Program Expands Model Years

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) is now accepting vehicles, model year 1995 or older (expanded from the previous requirement of model year 1994 or older), under the popular Old Car Buy Back Program.

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Notice of Public Review and Request for Comments

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has made a preliminary decision to approve emission reduction credits for the Point Arguello Pipeline Company (PAPCO). An emission reduction credit is earned by a company when it reduces air emissions beyond what is required by permits and rules or when a facility shuts down. It is an asset that can be used by its owner or sold to companies that need emission offsets. Emission reduction credit amounts to be approved for PAPCO are:

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APCD Board Actions – January 17, 2019

Agenda  |  Meeting Video  |  Minutes Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2019 – Elected Cathy Murillo as Chair and Das Williams as Vice-Chair to serve as APCD Officers for calendar year 2019. Closed Session – Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Gov. Code § 54956.9(d)(4).) – Voted unanimously to initiate litigation

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Public Notice

State law (Health and Safety Code Section 40923) requires the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) to publish a list of regulatory measures scheduled for consideration each year. These regulatory measures, or rules and regulations, are adopted in order to reduce air pollution in Santa Barbara County. Air quality rules and regulations that may be adopted or amended during 2019 are listed below. Other measures may be proposed for adoption per the criteria specified in Section 40923 of the Health and Safety Code. Before the adoption or amendment or any regulatory measure, the District publishes a notice in a local newspaper and holds a public hearing to accept comments from affected businesses and other interested parties.

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APCD Board Actions – December 20, 2018

Agenda  |  Meeting Video  |  Minutes Approved minutes of the October 18, 2018 meeting. Notice of Violation Report – Received and filed the summary of notices of violation issued and penalty revenue received during the months of October and November 2018. District Grant Program Activity – Received and filed the following grant

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Burn Program Changes Launched Today

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced changes that will go into effect today affecting permitted pile burns. Pile burns are permitted by the County Fire Department and fall into three categories: Agricultural, Hazard Reduction, and Residential Backyard. Permitted pile burns are different from prescribed burns; prescribed burns involve standing vegetation and are performed by land managers, including fire agencies.

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