Business Oriented Air Quality News May/June 1996
Index of Topics in Past Issues
Kudos and thank you to all permit holders who submitted your annual reports by March 1, 1996. This was our best year to date for reports subitted on time. 621 annual reports were submitted before the March 1 deadline. Another 136 were submitted by March 15. As of March 15, only 20 reports were still outstanding without approved extensions. Submitting your facility?s report on time saves your time and ours!
The Air Pollution Control District?s Air Toxics staff recently completed the Air Toxics ?Hot Spots? Program 1995 Annual Report. The California Air Toxics ?Hot Spots? Information and Assessment Act requires businesses and industries throughout the state to inventory and report emissions of listed air toxics, notify members of the public who are exposed to significant risks as a result of their emissions, and take steps to reduce this risk.
The Annual Report summarizes the legislative requirements and the status of the ?Hot Spots? program in Santa Barbara County, with a focus on progress during 1995.
Compliance and implementation of the ?Hot Spots? law have required a major effort from the county?s businesses and the APCD over the last few years. Many affected businesses have submitted plans and reports, and risk assessments have been completed for large, medium, and small sized businesses. Industry-wide risk assessments for businesses not required to submit individual plans and reports are ongoing. Guidance documents have been developed by the APCD and workshops have been conducted to familiarize and assist industry with the law?s requirements. Public notification procedures have been adopted.
To maintain the continued success of the ?Hot Spots? program and to ensure that the remaining requirements are met in a cost-effective manner, a continued partnership among the affected businesses, the general public, and the APCD is essential.
If you would like a copy of the report or other information regarding the Air Toxics program, please call Joe Petrini at 805-961-8894.
Dry Cleaners The California Air Toxics Control Measure for dry cleaners requires facility operators to complete an eight-hour certified training course by April 1, 1996. This requirement was extended until a course was ?reasonably? available to local operators. Certified instructors from the Institute for Technical Assistance recently held a training course for Santa Barbara County dry cleaners at the APCD, so the trained operator requirement is now in effect. For more information, call Inspectors Myfanwy (ma-von-wee) DeVoe, 805-961-8823, or John Garnett, 805-961-8835.
SolventsThe California Air Resources Board Compliance Assistance Program recently updated their solvents technical manual, replacing the old manual published in 1989. The manual describes solvent cleaning, degreasing, process and control procedures, inspection requirements, legal requirements, storage, recycling, and disposal. It contains detailed inspection checklists and information about alternative cleaners, including aqueous solvents. The price of the manual is $15.00 for California businesses. To order, call Michele Vale of the Air Resources Board, 916-327-7211. We have a copy here if you want to see it before ordering. Call the Business Assistance Line, 805-961-8868.
Title V The first Federal Clean Air Act Part 70 permit applications are due to the Air Pollution Control District by May 31, 1996. If you have not submitted your application and it is due on May 31, please contact Sanjib Mukherji of the APCD?s Engineering Division immediately, 961-8814. To obtain a list of companies subject to Part 70 permitting requirements and their respective application due dates, call the Business Assistance Line at 805-961-8868.
The APCD performs a variety of services such as reviewing permit applications, conducting inspections, and preparing clean air plans. To recover our cost of providing these services, fees are charged.
We recently adjusted our fees to reflect the annual change in the California Consumer Price Index. The 1.6% fee increase, made in accordance with APCD Rule 210.V.C., was approved by the APCD Board in August, 1995, and became effective April 8, 1996.
The last time APCD fees were adjusted for inflation was in 1991.
Notice of the change and a table listing the adjusted Rule 210 fees were sent to Rules and Regulations subscribers in April.
If you would like a copy of the new fees, please contact Kathleen Hicks at 805-961-8811.