Business Oriented Air Quality News November/December 1997
Emission Reductions “Stem” From APCD Grant To Nursery The simple beauty and aroma of flowers bring to mind the pure elements of nature. But the equipment used to nurture delicate roses, tulips, and daffodils also produces air pollution. To reduce air emissions, Por La Mar Nursery in Goleta, one of the west coast’s largest growers of flowers and other plant material, is the first nursery to participate in the APCD’s Agricultural Boiler Initiative.
The program, approved by the APCD Board in March, provides funding to Santa Barbara County farms and wholesale nurseries to replace either the burners in existing atmospheric boilers, forced air boilers, and steam generators or the units themselves. The equipment is used to maintain the temperature and humidity levels in greenhouses.
Por La Mar, with three greenhouses on 18 acres, received $86,431 to obtain four VKES Inc. ultra-low emission boiler burners. Operating since July, the state-of-the art burners produce no more than 15 parts per million (ppm) of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Prior to replacement, Por La Mar’s four boilers generated concentrations of between 56 and 120 ppm of NOx. Additionally, fuel consumption at the nursery should be reduced by approximately eight percent.
“With all of the demands faced by business owners, it is refreshing to be part of a program that really benefits everyone. You can see that we appreciate the environment just by looking at our beautiful products. The APCD found a way for us, and other members of the agricultural community, to do something positive for our surroundings that is also good for our businesses,” said Ronald Caird, president and CEO of Por La Mar.
The Agricultural Boiler Initiative, expected to eliminate 200 tons of NOx over 10 years, is a voluntary program developed by the APCD’s Innovative Technology Group to help the county meet air quality standards while also providing benefits to the local agricultural industry, which is exempt from air pollution control requirements.
“It is gratifying to see that the agricultural community is interested in partnering with us to clean the environment we all live in,” said APCD engineer Jeff Carmody. “This kind of cooperative effort is what it takes to help us meet clean air standards.”
The APCD has approximately $275,000 still available for the Agricultural Boiler Initiative and is accepting applications from farms and nurseries whose boilers meet annual usage crieteria and have an expected useful life of ten years beyond the burner replacement. Applications are accepted on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information, call Gary Hoffman, (805) 961-8818
If you own or operate portable engines and portable engine-driven equipment you may need to either register your equipment with the California Air Resources Board or obtain a permit from the APCD. Once registered in the Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program, eligible engines and equipment units can operate throughout California without individual permits from local air districts.
The Portable Equipment Registration Program became effective on September 17, 1997. All portable engines and portable engine-driven equipment must be registered by March 16, 1998.
A portable engine is an internal combustion engine that can be moved or carried from one location to another, and that does not remain at a single location for more than 12 consecutive months. Engines used to propel mobile equipment or a motor vehicle of any kind are not eligible for registration. A portable equipment unit is a portable piece of equipment that is associated with, and driven solely by, a portable engine, and that emits pollutants in addition to the emissions of the portable engine.
Portable engines include, but are not limited to, internal combustion engines used in the following: cranes, pumps, welders, well drillers, woodchippers, military tactical support equipment, power generating units, diesel pile-driving hammers, service or work-over rigs, dredges on boats or barges, and compressors.
Portable equipment units include, but are not limited to, the following portable engine associated units: abrasive blasters, concrete batch plants, and equipment for sand and gravel screening, rock crushing, and pavement crushing and recycling operations.
Offshore portable engines and portable equipment units are not eligible at this time. The Air Resources Board will collect a fee of $90 per portable engine or portable equipment unit registered, good for three years. (The fees for military tactical equipment vary.)
Information about the Statewide Registration Program can be obtained via the Internet from the California Air Resources Board at www.arb.ca.gov/perp/perp.htm or by calling the Registration Information Line at (916) 324-5869.
Vandenberg Emission Reduction Project Gets “John Hancock” President Clinton’s “Reinventing Government” initiative hit home on Nov. 3, when three agencies signed a landmark agreement to reduce air pollution in Santa Barbara County.
Vandenberg Air Force Base, in cooperation with the Environmental Protection Agency and APCD, is the first Department of Defense facility to participate in the Environmental Investment Air Initiative (ENVVEST). ENVVEST, part of the “Reinventing Government” initiative, allows military installations, working with federal, state, and local regulators, to reduce environmental program costs and test alternative, cost-effective practical approaches to environmental clean-up.
“ENVVEST trades paper work for performance,” said Sherri Goodman, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environmental Security.
The culmination of a two-year effort among the agencies, ENVVEST waives Vandenberg’s requirement for a Title V permit if the base applies the cost savings to emission reduction strategies. Specifically, Vandenberg will acquire environmentally-friendly equipment beginning with modern boilers for the base’s power station, which will reduce ten tons of emissions annually by 2002. This agreement is expected to serve as a model for similar programs at other bases throughout the country.
“ENVVEST is an example of our nation’s and our county’s vision and new direction in environmental protection,” said Air Pollution Control Officer Doug Allard, who participated in the signing ceremony, attended by approximately 100 project participants, dignitaries, and Community Advisory Board members. “Rather than using the traditional ‘command and control’ approach, we are working hand-in-hand with permitted facilities like Vandenberg to achieve emissions reductions. This is a common sense trade-off that will result in better air quality for the residents of our county.”
APCD Division Manager Terry Dressler added, “We are looking forward to implementing ENVVEST and expanding on it to continue to achieve superior environmental benefits using innovative strategies.”
For more information on ENVVEST, call Terry Dressler, (805) 961-8829.
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