Air District Advocates for Fairness in Federal Law that Protects Valley Residents from Devastating Economic Sanctions for Pollution from Sources Under State and Federal Jurisdiction that Fall Outside the District’s Authority to Regulate
New achievements for the Valley:
- 2015 was the cleanest year, to date, for Ozone. Read More
- 2016 saw record setting low values for PM 2.5. Read More
District Implementation of the New State Oil and Gas Regulation
On December 21, 2017 the District Governing Board adopted two new rules committing the District to effectively and efficiently implement and enforce the state regulation aimed at reducing fugitive methane emissions from oil and gas operations. Click here for more information and to download the initial registration application form.
District Launches New Air Quality Tool
The District has unveiled a state-of-art art web tool for exploring historical air quality information in your neighborhood. The Web-based Archived Air Quality (WAAQ) system allows anyone to compare air quality information over the past two decades in any Valley neighborhood.
Click here to explore the WAAQ system.
State Auditor Releases Report on District Fees and Expenditures
The audit report released on April 5, 2016 reaffirms the District’s long held position that its permit fees, although very low, when used in conjunction with supplemental revenues are adequate to maintain an active and effective program. The audit report does not propose any changes or recommendations concerning the District’s fees. With a strict adherence to the zero-based budgeting principles, significant investment in automation, and implementation of countless streamlining and efficiency measures, the District has been able to achieve low administrative overhead and great productivity in all program areas and therefore reduced costs.
District Takes Action to address Wildfire Risks
With the potential for devastating health impacts from uncontrolled wildfires, the Governing Board took action aimed at reducing the number and intensity of wildfires this summer. Learn more
EPA finds the Valley in Attainment of the 1-hour Ozone Standard
In July 2015, the District submitted an updated formal request to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a determination that the Valley has attained the federal 1-hour ozone standard, based on air quality data from the 2012-2014 period. In May of 2016, the EPA recognized this historic accomplishment by proposing to find the Valley in attainment of the 1-hour ozone standard and reaffirming the effectiveness of the investment and commitment by Valley businesses and residents to reduce emissions and improve public health. View EPA Proposal and Fact Sheet.
Emergency Measures to Assist with Drought Relief Actions
The SJVAPCD Governing Board has approved several emergency measures to assist Valley residents, farmers and water districts with their emergency drought relief efforts. Among the measures adopted include expedited permitting for farmers and water districts needing to operate irrigation equipment and water systems, processes to mitigate excess emissions from certain drought relief efforts, and providing guidance on state regulations regarding drilling rigs. The District has confirmed that non-registered and out-of-state water well drilling rigs can operate in California during the Governor’s declared state of emergency provided operators comply with the State’s recordkeeping, reporting and notification requirements. For more information on the District’s drought relief program, click on the following link: drought relief page. For assistance by phone, please contact the District’s Small Business Assistance at (559) 230-5888.
Governing Board adopts 2018 Legislative Platform outlining District’s priorities for the coming year View platform
Valley Air District is Seeking Hearing Board Members
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has three Hearing Boards which hold monthly hearings and make decisions on: variance applications pertaining to air quality rules and regulations affecting business and industry in the Valley; appeals to permits; orders of abatement, and revocations of permits.
District Receives Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA) awarded the District the Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, the GFOA’s highest form of recognition in
governmental accounting and financial reporting. This award was for the latest District’s
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (fiscal year 2015-16 CAFR) representing a significant
achievement for the District and representing its commitment to meeting the highest principles of
governmental reporting and transparency to the public. To earn this award, an impartial panel
judged the CAFR as meeting the high standards of the GFOA program, including demonstrating
a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate the District’s financial story and
motivate the public to read the CAFR.
New Federal Study Investigates Fracking
A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process contaminated drinking water aquifers.
Commute Verification Survey and Annual Report Deadlines
Worksites subject to the eTRIP rule
(Rule 9410) are required to conduct a Commute
Verification Survey no later than December 31 each year.
This survey is designed to collect information as to how
employees get to and from work each day during
a week-long period.
These worksites are also required to submit an Annual
Report, consisting of the compiled results of the
Commute Verification Survey, to the District by no
later than March 31 of each following year.
For assistance with the Commute Verification Survey
or the Annual Report, please visit
www.valleyair.org/tripreduction.htm or contact
the eTRIP Rule Small Business Assistance office at
email@example.com or call (559) 230-5950.
State of California Audits District Incentive Programs
District programs lauded as a shining example.
Funding Available for Agricultural Pump Engines
The Valley Air District can provide information to agricultural operations regarding permitting requirements for irrigation pump engines, and to provide assistance in obtaining grant funding for upgrading. For more information please call our Small Business Assistance hotline at 559-230-5888 for permitting assistance, and/or call our Grants Department at 559-230-5800 for grant information. (For more information, please click
California Air Resources Board Approves District’s 2012 PM2.5 Plan
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) approved
the District’s 2012 PM2.5 Plan at a public hearing
on January 24, 2013. The plan, approved by the
District Governing Board on December 20, 2012, will
bring the Valley into attainment of EPA’s 2006 PM2.5
standard by the 2019 deadline, with most areas
seeing attainment well before then. The plan and
supporting documents are available
Valley Air District receives state award
A respected, statewide, nonpartisan business and labor coalition has awarded the Valley Air District with the 2012 Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Award. For more information
New study supports the District’s Health-risk Reduction Strategy
Early data from a major risk- based research project could form the basis for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adopting a new approach to setting particulate matter standards already being pursued by the Valley Air District.
District’s Development Rule Upheld by both State and Federal Courts
The United States Supreme Court declined to review a ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the District’s landmark regulation controlling development-related emissions. A similar challenge to the regulation, filed by the California Building Industry Association, has also been rejected by the California courts
Air Quality Activists Examine the District's Budget
The Valley Air District accomplishes more with fewer people
and at a lower cost than other air districts in the state,
according to a recent study that compared California’s air
quality management agencies. For a complete summary of the
report funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
and conducted by the Sierra Nevada Air Quality Group
EPA redesignates the San Joaquin Valley to Attainment
for the federal PM10 standard and approves the PM10 Maintenance
The US Environmental Protection Agency redesignated the San
Joaquin Valley to attainment of the PM10 National Ambient
Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) and approved the 2007 PM10 Maintenance
Plan. This historic achievement represents years of hard work
by individuals, industry, Valley communities and the Air District.
Read the EPA's news release
Read the EPA's Final Approval of the SJV's PM10 Maintenance
Plan and Request for Redesignation
Governing Board Meeting
The next scheduled meeting is June 21, 2018 beginning at 9:00 a.m.
To view support materials for this meeting please
(i.e. agenda, support documents, or to view the webcast while
the meeting is in progress.)
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