Clerk of the APCD
260 North San Antonio Road, Suite A
Santa Barbara. CA 93110
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.
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The following is notice of a single-member variance hearing for June 6, 2019:
Notice is hereby given that the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board will hold a public hearing to consider the following matters on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as the matter can be heard, at the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District conference room located at 260 North San Antonio Rd., Suite A, Santa Barbara, CA 93110.
Case No. 2019-05-N (90-Day Variance) – Freeport McMoRan, 201 South Broadway, Orcutt, CA 93455
Hearing – To consider an application by Freeport McMoRan Oil & Gas submitted on April 16, 2019, for a 90-Day Variance 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).
As a result of the Plains All American Pipeline (AAPL) Line 901 failure on May 19, 2015, the Petitioner’s production operations has been suspended. During the shutdown, platform flaring has been limited to periodic diagnostic testing of wells, eliminating high casing pressures, vessel purging and cleaning and the preparation for eventual plugging and abandonment of the wells. On April 15, 2019, the flare pilot and electronic ignition system failed to auto-ignite after extinguishing. The Petitioner is requesting to maintain and manually relight the flare pilot using a flare gun until the automatic ignition system is repaired.
The Petitioner operates the equipment described in this Petition at Platform Harvest located on offshore lease tract OCS-P-0315, approximately ten miles offshore of Point Arguello, California. Any emissions related to the granting of this variance are expected to be within permitted limits.
Case No. 2019-07-N (90-Day Variance) – Vandenberg Air Force Base, 1028 Iceland Avenue, VAFB, CA 93437 (Petition was rescinded on June 3, 2019 due to compliance achieved during Interim variance protection, Interim Variance No. 2019-06-I)
Hearing – To consider an application by Vandenberg Air Force Base submitted on April 18, 2019, for a 90-Day Variance 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).
The Petitioner operates five turbines equipment with Continuous Emission Monitoring (CEMS). On April 16, 2019, the Petitioner discovered a malfunction with the CO analyzer on Turbine D. The Petitioner will not operate Turbine D during requested coverage. Because the Petitioner is required to continuously monitoring, even when the equipment is not in operation; variance coverage was requested until the repairs can be made.
The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at Vandenberg Air Force Base, located 9.2 miles northwest of Lompoc, CA. There are no expected emissions related to the granting of the Petitioner’s request.
Case No. 2019-10-N (90-Day Variance) – Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc., 2500 Miguelito Road, Lompoc, CA 93436 (Petition was rescinded on June 5, 2019 due to compliance achieved during Interim variance protection, Interim Variance No. 2019-09-I)
Hearing – To consider an application by Imerys Filtration Minerals, Inc. submitted on April 22, 2019, for a 90-Day Variance from District Rule 206 and Part 70/Permit to Operate 5840-R5, Part II, Condition 9.C.2(a).
The Petitioner mines and processes diatomaceous earth at its Lompoc Plant. The Celpure Plant is a specialty plant within the Lompoc facility where scrubbers are utilized to control SOx emissions. During a source test, SO4 emissions were exceeded. The Petitioner is requesting continued operation of the Celpure Plant, specifically the 350 scrubber, to identify the cause of the exceedance.
The Petitioner operates the equipment described in the Petition at Imerys Filtration Minerals California, Inc., located at 2500 Miguelito Road, Lompoc, CA. The Petitioner estimates the excess emissions to be negligible.
Said Petitions are on file with the Clerk of the APCD Hearing Board and are available for public inspection during regular business hours. Interested persons may submit written evidence or arguments concerning these matters before or at said hearing to: The Clerk of the Hearing Board, 260 North San Antonio Rd., Suite A, Santa Barbara, California 93110.