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Clerk of the APCD
260 North San Antonio Road, Suite A
Santa Barbara. CA 93110
(805) 961-8853


The APCD Hearing Board meets on an as-needed basis, often the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30AM in the Board of Supervisor’s Hearing Room in either Santa Barbara or Santa Maria.  Meeting site is determined by the case(s) being heard, and meetings are only held when there are agenda items.  The next meeting date and agenda will be posted below when it is available.  Members of the public may address the Hearing Board on any matter listed on the agenda by completing and delivering to the Clerk a speaker slip before the item is considered.  Matters not listed on the agenda may be addressed during the public comment period following the Staff Reports.  Any disclosable public records related to an open session item on a regular meeting agenda and distributed by the Board Clerk to all or a majority of the members of the APCD Hearing Board less than 72 hours prior to that meeting are available for inspection in the APCD office or website.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the APCD at least three working days prior to the scheduled meeting.  APCD Hearing Board meetings are audio recorded; recordings will be made available upon request pursuant to the California Public Records Act. Additional information about the Hearing Board can be found here.

Past agendas can be viewed on this page.


Notice of Public Hearing

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board will hold a Remote Virtual public hearing for

five Regular Variances and one 90-Day Variance on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 9:30 am.

Public Notice (6/03/2020)

90-Day Public Notice (5/22/2020)


Next APCD Hearing Board Meeting:

June 3, 2020

Agenda (PDF)

REMOTE VIRTUAL PARTICIPATION ONLY

Important Notice Regarding Public Participation:
Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the California Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order N-33-20 issued on March 19, 2020, to protect the health and well-being of all Californians, and to establish consistency across the state to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board will not be providing in-person participation, and will provide a virtual option for participation in hearings

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Members of the public are afforded an opportunity to speak on any agenda item before consideration of that item. Persons wishing to speak may do so remotely via Zoom or telephone. To provide public comments via a Desktop/Laptop or Smartphone, click on the “Raise Hand” at the bottom of the screen, or if participating via Dial-in/Telephone Press *9. This will signal to the host that you would like to provide a public comment. You will be added to the list and notified and unmuted when it is your turn to speak.

AGENDA POSTING:
All agendas, supplemental materials and minutes are posted on our website (www.ourair.org/apcd/apcd-hearing-board-meeting) at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Any disclosable public records related to an open session item on a regular meeting agenda and distributed by the Hearing Board Clerk to all or a majority of the members of the APCD Hearing Board less than 72 hours prior to that meeting are available for inspection on the District website.  APCD Hearing Board meetings are audio recorded; recordings will be made available upon request pursuant to the California Public Records Act.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the APCD at (805) 961-8800 at least three working days prior to the scheduled meeting.

Note that on items listed on the Administrative Agenda and the balance of the agenda any motion, including action, can be taken (consideration is not limited to listed recommended actions). Additional matters can be added, and action taken by two-thirds vote, or in the case of an emergency, by a majority vote. Matters raised under the Public Comment Period may not be acted upon at that meeting other than as provided above.

A. Call to Order – Roll Call 

B. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair for 2020
Elect the Chair and Vice-Chair to serve as APCD Hearing Board Officers for calendar year 2020.

C. Approval of minutes
 Approve minutes of the May 1, 2019 meeting. 

D. Requests for continuance or addition of Ex-Agenda items

E. ANNOUNCEMENTS / STAFF REPORTS
Receive announcements or reports from staff on matters of interest to the Hearing Board. There will be no Hearing Board discussion except to ask questions or refer matters to staff; and no action will be taken unless listed on a subsequent agenda.

F. Public Comment Period 
Persons desiring to address the Hearing Board on any subject within the jurisdiction of the Hearing Board not included as part of the agenda may do so at this time.

G. Public Hearings 
Administration of Oath to be conducted prior to each hearing.

G-1)      Case No. – 2020-08-R     (Regular Variance)
Terracore, 1660 Sinton Road, Santa Maria, CA  93458

To consider a Petition for a Regular Variance from District Rules 361.D.3, 361.D.4, 361.L.2., 206, and Permit to Operate 8171-R10, Condition 2.e, submitted on April 22, 2020The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at the GWP Fee Lease in the Cat Canyon Oil Field, Santa Maria.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

G-2)      Case No. – 2020-09-R     (Regular Variance)
DCOR, 260 Maple Court, Ste. 290, Ventura, CA 93003

To consider a Petition for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, and Part 70 Permit to Operate 9110-R5, Conditions 9.C.2.a and 9.C.2.b(i), submitted on May 7, 2020. The Petitioner operates the equipment on Platform A in the Dos Cuadras Field, offshore lease tract OCS-P-0241, approximately 6 miles south-southeast from the City of Santa Barbara, California.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

G-3)      Case No. – 2020-10-R     (Regular Variance)
DCOR, 260 Maple Court, Ste. 290, Ventura, CA 93003

To consider a Petition for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, and Part 70 Permit to Operate 9111-R5, Conditions 9.C.2.a and 9.C.2.b(i), submitted on May 7, 2020. The Petitioner operates the equipment on Platform B in the Dos Cuadras Field, offshore lease tract OCS-P-0241, approximately 6 miles south-southeast from the City of Santa Barbara, California.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

G-4)      Case No. – 2020-11-R     (Regular Variance)
DCOR, 260 Maple Court, Ste. 290, Ventura, CA 93003

To consider a Petition for a Regular Variance from District Rule 206, and Part 70 Permit to Operate 9114-R5, Conditions 9.C.2.a and 9.C.2.b(i), submitted on May 7, 2020. The Petitioner operates the equipment on Platform Hillhouse in the Dos Cuadras Field, offshore lease tract OCS-P-0240, approximately 6 miles south-southeast from the City of Santa Barbara, California.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

G-5)      Case No. – 2020-12-R     (Regular Variance)
Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc., 2500 Miguelito Road, Lompoc, CA 93436

To consider a Petition for a Regular Variance from District Rules 361.D.3, 361.D.4, 361.L.2., 206, and Part 70 Permit to Operate 5840-R6, Part II, Conditions 9.C.3.a, 9.C.3.v, submitted on May 11, 2020. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at the Celpure Plant at the Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc. Lompoc Facility.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

G-6)      Case No. – 2020-13-N     (90-Day Variance)
Southern California Gas Company, 1171 More Ranch Road

To consider a Petition for a 90-Day Variance from District Rules 333.E.1.a, 206, and Part 70 Permit to Operate 9584-R6, Conditions 9.C.1(a), 9.C.1(b)(iv), 9.C.1(b)(v) 9.C.1(b)(viii)(A), and 9.C.1(b)(viii)(C), submitted on May 18, 2020. The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at the La Goleta Facility located at 1171 More Ranch Road, Goleta, CA.

Petition | Staff Report | Draft Variance

H. Administrative Agenda
Approved by vote on one motion. Below are summaries of single-member variance cases heard since the last Hearing Board meeting. These items read only on request of Hearing Board members.

H-1)      Case No. – 2019-03-E
Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc., 2500 Miguelito Rd., Lompoc, CA  93436

On April 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Emergency Variance for the period of April 4, 2019 through May 3, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 5840-R5, Part I, Conditions 9.C.7(a)(i), 9.C.7(b)(vi) and 9.C.12(a)(ii), and allows for continued operation of Petitioner’s facility while the cause of a PM10 exceedance on baghouse 110B is identified and repaired.

H-2)      Case No. – 2019-04-I
Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 S. Broadway, Orcutt, CA  93455

On April 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of April 16, 2019 through May 31, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 359.D.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 9103-R5, Conditions 9.C.3(a) and 9.C.3(b)(vii), and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while the cause of the flare pilot and electronic ignition system failure to auto-ignite after extinguishing is identified and repaired.

H-3)      Case No. – 2019-05-N
Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas, 201 S. Broadway, Orcutt, CA  93455

On June 6, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of April 16, 2019 through July 14, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 359.D.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 9103-R5, Conditions 9.C.3(a) and 9.C.3(b)(vii) and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while the cause of the flare pilot and electronic ignition system failure to auto-ignite after extinguishing is identified and repaired.

H-4)      Case No. – 2019-06-I
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

On April 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of April 20, 2019 through July 18, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328.C.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 13968-R1, Conditions 9.C.22 and 9.C.26 (CEMS Plan), and allows for operation of the Petitioner’s facility while a failed CO analyzer on Turbine D is sent to the manufacturer for diagnostic testing and repair.

H-5)      Case No. – 2019-07-N
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to compliance achieved.

H-6)      Case No. – 2019-08-E
HVI Cat Canyon, Inc. f/k/a Greka Oil & Gas, Inc. (Greka), 2617 Clark Avenue, Santa Maria, CA 93456

On April 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Emergency Variance for the period of April 17, 2019 through May 16, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 325 D.1 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 8869-R10, Conditions 9.C.3(b)(2) and 9.C.5(b)(1), and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while work is conducted with an electrical contractor to fix a short in the Vapor Recovery Unit.

H-7)      Case No. – 2019-09-I
Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc., 2500 Miguelito Rd., Lompoc, CA  93436

On April 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of April 19, 2019 through July 17, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 5840-R5, Part II, Condition 9.C.2(a), and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility, while the cause of an SO4 exceedance in scrubber 350 is identified and remedied.

H-8)      Case No. – 2019-10-N
Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc., 2500 Miguelito Rd., Lompoc, CA  93436

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to compliance achieved.

H-9)      Case No. – 2019-11-I
Southern California Gas Co., 1171 More Ranch Road, Goleta, CA  93117

On June 27, 2019 Hearing Board member Francis Peters, Jr. approved an Interim Variance for the period of June 29, 2019 through September 25, 2019, or the date a successful NOx emissions reading is achieved, or the date of decision of the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 333.E.1.a, 333.F.3 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 9584-R6, Conditions 9.C.1(a), 9.C.1(b)(iv) and 9.C.16(i), and allows for operation of Petitioner’s Main Unit #3 while repairs are made to a 650-bhp natural gas-fueled engine which exceeded the NOx emissions limit during quarterly monitoring.

H-10)    Case No. – 2019-12-N
Southern California Gas Co., 1171 More Ranch Road, Goleta, CA  93117

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to compliance achieved.

H-11)    Case No. – 2019-13-E
State of California/Beacon West Energy Group LLC, 1145 Eugenia Pl., #101, Carpinteria, CA  93013

On July 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Francis Peters, Jr. approved an Emergency Variance for the period of July 16, 2019 through July 30, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 8234-R10, Condition 9.14.C, and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while connectivity issues between the High-Pressure Flare H-100 and the District’s Data Acquisition System are repaired.

H-12)    Case No. – 2019-14-I
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

On July 23, 2019 Hearing Board member Francis Peters, Jr. approved an Interim Variance for the period of July 19, 2019 through October 16, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328-C.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 13968-R1, Conditions 9.C.22 and 9.C.26 (CEMS Plan), and allows for the operation of the Petitioner’s facility while a failed CO analyzer on Turbine C is sent to the manufacturer for diagnostic testing and repair.

H-13)    Case No. – 2019-15-N
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

On August 15, 2019 Hearing Board member Francis Peters, Jr. approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of July 19, 2019 through October 16, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328-C.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 13968-R1, Conditions 9.C.22 and 9.C.26 (CEMS Plan), and allows for the operation of the Petitioner’s facility while a failed CO analyzer on Turbine C is sent to the manufacturer for diagnostic testing and repair.

H-14)    Case No. – 2016-23-M2
ExxonMobil Production Company, 12000 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to permit modifications.

H-15)    Case No. – 2016-24-M2
ExxonMobil Production Company, 12000 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to permit modifications.

H-16)    Case No. – 2016-25-M2
ExxonMobil Production Company, 12000 Calle Real, Goleta, CA 93117

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to permit modifications.

H-17)    Case No. – 2019-16-I
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

On September 13, 2019 Hearing Board member Francis Peters, Jr. approved an Interim Variance for the period of September 9, 2019 through December 7, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 328.C.2 and 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 13968-R1, Conditions 9.C.22 and 9.C.26 (CEMS Plan), and allows for the operation of the Petitioner’s facility while a failed CO analyzer on Turbine A is sent to the manufacturer for diagnostic testing and repair.

H-18)    Case No. – 2019-17-N
United States Air Force, 1028 Iceland Ave., Vandenberg AFB, CA  93437-6010

Withdrawn by Petitioner due to compliance.

H-19)    Case No. – 2019-18-RE
Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (Petitioner) vs. California Asphalt Production, Inc. (Respondent), 1660 Sinton Road, Santa Maria, CA  93458

Petition for Order of Revocation withdrawn by Petitioner due to payment of outstanding fees.

H-20)    Case No. – 2019-19-E
Beacon West Energy Group, LLC, 1145 Eugenia Place #101, Carpinteria, CA 93013

On December 3, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Emergency Variance for the period of November 29, 2019 through December 13, 2019, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 7904-R11, Condition 9.C.19, and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while connectivity issues with the District’s Data Acquisition System and process and alarm systems at the Ellwood Onshore Facility are repaired.

H-21)    Case No. – 2019-20-I
Beacon West Energy Group, LLC, 1145 Eugenia Place #101, Carpinteria, CA 93013

On December 13, 2019 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler. approved an Interim Variance for the period of December 14, 2019 through January 8, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rule 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 7904-R11, Conditions 9.C.19, and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while connectivity issues with the District’s Data Acquisition System and process and alarm systems at the Ellwood Onshore Facility are repaired.

H-22)    Case No. – 2019-21-N
Beacon West Energy Group, LLC, 1145 Eugenia Place #101, Carpinteria, CA 93013

On January 8, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of January 8, 2020 through February 11, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 7904-R11, Condition 9.C.19, and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while connectivity issues with the District’s Data Acquisition System and process and alarm systems at the Ellwood Onshore Facility are repaired.

H-23)    Case No. – 2020-01-I
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On March 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 7053-R11, Condition 9, and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 3894).

H-24)    Case No. – 2020-02-N
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On April 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 7053-R11, Condition 9, and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 3894).

H-25)    Case No. – 2020-03-I
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On March 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 10166-R7, Condition 2.f., and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 1533).

H-26)    Case No. – 2020-04-N
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On April 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 10166-R7, Condition 2.f., Condition 9, and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 1533).

H-27)    Case No. – 2020-05-I
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On March 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Interim Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, or the date of decision on the Petitioner’s request for a 90-Day Variance, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 10165-R7, Condition 2.g., and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 1558).

H-28)    Case No. – 2020-06-N
HVI CCI/Trustee Michael McConnell, 2601 Skyway Drive, Ste. A1, Santa Maria, CA 93454

On April 9, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved a 90-Day Variance for the period of March 6, 2020 through June 2, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 361.D.1.a, 361.K.1.a and 206, and Permit to Operate 10165-R7, Condition 2.g., and allows for the operation of a non-compliant heater treater (APCD Device ID 1558).

 H-29)    Case No. – 2020-07-E
ExxonMobil Oil & Gas Company, a Division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, PO Box 4358, Houston, TX 77210-4358

On March 12, 2020 Hearing Board member Terence Dressler approved an Emergency Variance for the period of March 9, 2020 through March 23, 2020, or the date compliance is achieved, whichever occurs first.  Said variance provides relief from District Rules 331.E.1c, 206, and Part 70/Permit to Operate 9102-R6, Condition 9.C.4.b and 9.C.24.a, and allows for continued operation of the Petitioner’s facility while repairing a fugitive Reactive Organic Compound (ROC) leak (in excess of 10,000 ppm) on a grease injection port thread on wellhead HE-25 on Platform Heritage.

Adjourn
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board is July 1, 2020, at 9:30 a.m.  Meeting is subject to cancellation if there are no items to be heard.