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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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Air Quality Watch Issued for Northern Santa Barbara County 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ? The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Watch for Northern Santa Barbara County. High winds are forecast that could produce elevated particle levels and poor air quality in some areas, especially the Santa Maria area. The strongest winds are anticipated to occur Tuesday afternoon; high winds are expected to continue through THURSDAY Evening. This advisory is in effect until FRIDAY MORNING JUNE 8. Similar wind patterns in May resulted in exceedances of the state standard for particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) at the Santa Maria and Lompoc monitoring stations.   If you are in an area where there are high levels of dust in the air, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family?s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air. If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to exposure to particles, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your health care provider.

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Notice of Public Hearing Rescheduling and Extension of Public Review Period

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) is cancelling the June 20, 2013 public hearing for the 2013 Clean Air Plan (Plan) adoption.  Instead of holding a public hearing on the Plan, and asking for Board of Directors adoption of the Plan at the June 20 meeting, the District will present the Plan to the Board as an informational item in June, and then will publish a public notice for the future public hearing on the Plan adoption at least 30 days before the public hearing.  Due to the cancellation of the June public hearing, the District is extending the review period deadline for the Plan from June 20 to August 15, 2013.

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Notice of Public Workshop / Community Advisory Council Meeting

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) will hold a workshop during a Community Advisory Council meeting at the time and location listed above.  The purpose of the workshop is to provide a general overview of the rulemaking project and discuss proposed amendments to the rules listed above.

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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 issue an Authority to Construct (ATC) permit for the Imerys Minerals California Stationary Source. The Imerys Minerals California Lompoc facility is located approximately one mile south of Lompoc, California.  The facility includes the Imerys Lompoc and Celpure Plants.  The Imerys Minerals California Stationary Source is considered a major source for emissions of nitrogen oxides, reactive organic compounds, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, hazardous air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

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Notice of Board Hearing

The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (District) Board of Directors will hold a public hearing at the time and location listed above to accept comments and consider adoption of Proposed Amended Rule 352, Natural Gas-Fired Fan-Type Central Furnaces and Small Water Heaters.  The revision is being done as a result of a 2010 Clean Air Plan commitment to reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) from small water heaters.

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Air Quality Watch Issued for Southern and Central Santa Barbara County 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ? The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Watch for Southern and Central Santa Barbara County to be in effect until Thursday morning.  Air quality may be poor in some areas due to smoke and ash from the Lookout Fire, which is currently burning in the Los Padres National Forest near Highway 154 and Painted Cave Road.      If you see or smell smoke in the air where you are, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family?s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air. If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to exposure to particles, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your health care provider.   Levels of smoke and particles will depend on changes in winds, and the movement of the fire. This Air Quality Watch is in effect until Thursday morning and may be extended as conditions warrant.

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Air Quality Watch Issued for Northern Santa Barbara County 

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. ? The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District today issued an Air Quality Watch for Northern Santa Barbara County to be in effect as long as conditions warrant.  Air quality may be poor in some areas due to smoke from the Coon Creek Fire currently burning in San Luis Obispo County in the Montaña de Oro State Park.   Smoke from the fire affected Northern Santa Barbara County yesterday in the evening, and the air monitoring stations in Santa Maria and Lompoc recorded elevated levels of particles. Weather conditions may be similar today in the late afternoon and early evening, and winds could move smoke into Northern Santa Barbara County, potentially affecting the areas of Guadalupe, Lompoc, Orcutt, and Santa Maria in particular.   If you see or smell smoke in the air where you are, be cautious and use common sense to protect your family?s health. Everyone, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), older adults, and children, should limit time spent outdoors, and avoid outdoor exercise when high concentrations of dust and particles are in the air. If you have symptoms of lung or heart disease that may be related to exposure to particles, including repeated coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness or pain, palpitations, nausea or unusual fatigue or lightheadedness, contact your health care provider.   Levels of smoke and particles will depend on changes in winds, and the containment of the fire. This Air Quality Watch is in effect for as long as conditions warrant.

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Community Advisory Council Agenda – May 2014

May 14, 2014 I.              6:30 p.m. – Convene   (agenda pdf) II.            Roll Call III.          Public Comment Period IV.           Approval of Minutes of the March 12, 2014 meeting V.             Organization of Agenda and Declaration of Interests VI.           APCO Report VII.         New Business                 A.  Discuss and consider recommending that

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Community Advisory Council Agenda – March 2014

March 12, 2014 I.                 6:30 p.m. – Convene   (Agenda pdf) II.                Roll Call III.              Approval of Minutes of December 11, 2013 meeting IV.               Public Comment Period V.                Organization of Agenda and Declaration of Interests VI.               APCO Report VII.             New Business                     A.  Receive a presentation on new initiatives addressing marine shipping emissions.  

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New Phone Numbers
The District has new direct lines for all staff, as well as for all of our phone lines, including our main phone number and Complaints line. You can find our new phone numbers on this webpage.

Nuevos números de teléfono
El Distrito tiene nuevos números de teléfono para comunicarse con el personal directamente, así como también para todas nuestras líneas telefónicas, incluyendo nuestro número principal y el de las Quejas. Puede encontrar nuestros nuevos números de teléfono en esta página web.