Author: Lyz Hoffman

Apply for Clean Air Grant Funding

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District announced today that the application period for 2019 Clean Air Grant funding is now open. Approximately $2.5 million is available for this year’s grants.

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Notice of Public Review and Comment Opportunity

ATC Group Services, LLC has applied to the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) for a permit to excavate and remove approximately 135 cubic yards of soil contaminated by a former oil well located at 3030 Caselli Way in Santa Maria.  Excavated material will be loaded on trucks for transportation offsite to a State-approved disposal facility.  The project site is within 1,000 feet of the property boundary of Valley Christian Academy, located at 2970 Santa Maria Way in Santa Maria.

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Now Accepting Applications for One Position on APCD Hearing Board

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) is recruiting to fill one position on the District Hearing Board. The Hearing Board is a five-member quasi-judicial body that makes determinations on permit appeals and variances from local District rules and regulations, and considers requests for permit revocations and abatement orders. The current opening is for the medical profession (with specialized skills, training, or interests in the fields of environmental medicine, community medicine, or occupational/toxicological medicine).

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Notice of Public Review and Request for Comments

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has prepared an annual air monitoring network plan for the county. The plan includes a statement of the purpose for each air monitor, and evidence that the siting and operation of each monitor meets the requirements of the federal regulations.

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Notice of Public Review and Request for Comments

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) has issued four (4) draft federal Part 70 permits for the HVI Cat Canyon, Inc. facilities that are part of the South Cat Canyon Stationary Source. The HVI Cat Canyon, Inc. South Cat Canyon Stationary Source is located approximately six miles south of the city of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County. The source includes three (3) oil and gas leases: Bell, Blochman and Palmer-Stendl. In addition to permits for these three oil and gas leases, there is one permit for internal combustion engines used within the stationary source.

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Budget Workshop and Public Hearings

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) will hold a public workshop and two public hearings on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-2020. A copy of the proposed budget is available for review on the District website (below) or at District offices:

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Results from 2018 Marine Shipping Program

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2018 program and recognized the 12 shipping companies that participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region. The voluntary incentive program ran July 1 – November 15, 2018. Partners recognized the companies at a ceremony at the Bannings Landing Community Center near the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach.

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Figueroa Mountain Pile Burn and Administration Pile Burn Scheduled for March

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The Los Padres National Forest has tentatively scheduled two separate prescribed burns to occur in March: the Figueroa Mountain Pile Burn and Administration Pile Burn. The burn window will start on March 5 and last through the month of March for both burns. Prescribed, or planned, fires typically burn less intensely than wildfires. Prescribed burns can help prevent the spread of wildfires, and can reduce impacts to watersheds that can result in soil loss and sedimentation.

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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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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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