EMISSION REDUCTION CREDITS

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The Imperial County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors conducted a public hearing on May 12, 2015 to discuss two revised rules 214 and 215 and newly proposed rules 214.2, 214.3 and 308.  During the hearing members of the public gave comments regarding the proposed adoption of Rule 214.2 Paving Unpaved Public Roads.

 

The Board voted 4/1 to adopt the revisions to

Rule 214 Emission Reduction Credit Banking

Rule 215 Community Bank and Priority Reserve

Newly Proposed rules

214.3 Agricultural Burning Emission Reduction Credit (ABERC) Bank

Including Appendix 1 Manual of Procedures

308 Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Bank Fees

Along with the staff report and findings

 

The Board similarly voted 4/1 to adopt the newly proposed rule

214.2 Paving Unpaved Public Roads Emission Reduction Credits (PERCs)

Along with the staff report and findings.

Finally the Board certified the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)

for Rule 214.2 Paving Unpaved Public Roads Emission Reduction Credits (PERCs)

For additional information regarding the CEQA process please visit our CEQA page.

 

COMMENTS
AIR DISTRICT BOARD PACKAGE

the Air District will post comments as they are received

On May 6, 2015 and May 7, 2015 the Air District received three comment letters.  The Air District made every effort to assure that the comment letters were made part of the overall Board packet.  The letters and the responses as presented to the Board are listed below.

 

1) Center for Biological Diversity

     Response

 

2) Comité Cívico del Valle

     Response

 

3) Republic Services

     Response

The Air District is required to submit a complete Board Package by April 22, 2015

Once posted an e-mail will be remitted to those members of the public, industry, local, state and federal agencies that have requested to be on the Air District's contact list.

 

Now Available

COMPLETE BOARD PACKAGE

Please note the package is large

 

Individual Sections of the Board Package

Board Agenda Fact Sheet & Letter

Staff Reports for all Rules

All Rules

Forms for Ag Burning

Mitigated Negative Declaration

 

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SUMMARY

Background

The need to revise and adopt new emission reduction credit rules for Imperial County is due in large part to the designation of Imperial County as a non-attainment area for the 24hr PM2.5 federal standard.  As part of the revisions to the 2006 24hr PM2.5 federal standard, Air District's were required to make significant changes to existing New Source Review (NSR) permitting programs.  NSR permitting program requirements were created by Congress within the 1970 Amendments to the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA).  They are implemented by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) through air quality permitting regulations.  These NSR programs are the fundamental backbone to any industrial type source, such as power producing companies, manufacturing companies to name a few.  Without an approved NSR program these industrial type sources cannot operate nor can they make needed modifications to their operations.  The Imperial County NSR program was updated in 2013 meeting federal requirements. 

 

A very critical component for industrial type operations to continue improving and moving forward requires what are known as "Offsets".  NSR programs cannot allow for net emission increases therefor industrial type operations must demonstrate net emission reductions.  Net emission reductions are achieved by requiring the new or modified source to comply with the Lowest Achievable Emission Rate (LAER) for the nonattainment pollutant(s) or precursors and by requiring the source to offset the emissions, utilizing Emission Reduction Credits (ERC's).  These ERC's must be "banked" using a standardized "banking system" that is recognized by both the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the US EPA.

 

Pollutants that can be banked - PM10, PM2.5, NOx, VOC's, TOG's, CO and SOx to name a few.

 

What are Emission Reduction Credit's (ERC's)?

ERCs are creditable actual emission reductions that industrial type sources can generate at their facilities (traditional source type ERC). ERC's help meet the requirement imposed upon sources to demonstrate that there will be net emission decreases in nonattainment pollutants and precursors.  Simply put, when a new facility chooses to locate in the area or needs to modify or install new equipment ERC's assist the source to meet its State and federal air quality obligations.

 

What is this Public Hearing for?

ERC's are in short supply and in high demand.  In order to meet the CAA obligations and to help growth in Imperial County the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District has revised its existing ERC rules 214 and 215 as solely applying to traditional source type ERC (recognizable by the US EPA) and is simultaneously proposing two new rules which represent non-traditional sources of ERC's (recognized the CARB).

 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

FOR ADOPTION OF NEWLY PROPOSED AND REVISED

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE

IMPERIAL COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

 

The Imperial County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing to consider the adoption of newly proposed and revised Air District Rules and Regulations:

 

REVISED

Rule 214             Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Banking

Rule 215             Community Bank and Priority Reserve

 

NEWLY PROPOSED

Rule 214.2         Paving Unpaved Public Roads Emission Reduction Credits (PERC's)

Rule 214.3         Agricultural Burning Emission Reduction Credit (ABERC) Bank

                         Appendix 1 Manual of Procedures - Agricultural Burning Emission Reduction Credit  

                                                                                    (ABERC) Bank

Rule 308            Emission Reduction Credit (ERC) Bank Fees

 

RULE 214.2 STAFF REPORT

RULEs 214, 214.3, Appdx 1, 215 and 308 STAFF REPORT

 

The meeting will be held as follows: 9:45 a.m., May 12, 2015, Board of Supervisors Chambers, County Administration Center, 940 Main St. Suite 211, El Centro, CA

 

Hard copy requests of the Rules and associated staff reports can be made at the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District office, 150 So. 9th St., El Centro, CA.

 

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the procedures of the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District Board of Directors. If fourteen copies of written comments are received more than five days before the hearing they will be included in the Board Member's packets for this item.  Comments should be addressed to Brad Poiriez, Air Pollution Control officer, at 150 So. 9th St., El Centro, CA  92243.

 

All interested individuals are encouraged to attend and be heard.  All supporting documentation may be reviewed 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing at the Clerk of the Bora dos Supervisors Office located at 940 Main Street, Suite 209, El Centro, CA.

 

 

BLANCA ACOSTA

Interim Clerk of the Board

Air Pollution Control District

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