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Valley Achieves Historic Clean-air Mark for Smog, asks EPA to formally lift $29 million annual penalty mandate. Read More




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The District formally requests EPA recognition of the Valley’s 1-hour ozone attainment
For the first time in recorded history, in 2013, the Valley had zero violations of the 1-hour ozone standard established by EPA under the federal Clean Air Act. On May 6, 2014, the District submitted a formal request to the U.S. EPA for a determination that the Valley has attained the federal 1-hour ozone standard. This historic accomplishment reaffirms the effectiveness of the investment and commitment by Valley businesses and residents to reduce emissions and improve public health. For a copy of the request click here.

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.

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. Click here

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. Click here

Phase III eTRIP plan implementation
As of January 1, 2014, worksites that are subject to the eTRIP rule (Rule 9410) must be able to demonstrate compliance with their submitted eTRIP plan by keeping documentation on site. Worksites subject to the eTRIP rule that have not already submitted Phase III eTRIP plans to the District, must do so immediately by clicking here and selecting their Phase lll measures. For assistance, please contact the District’s Small Business Assistance by phone at (559) 230-6000 or by email at tripreduction@valleyair.org.

State of California Audits District Incentive Programs
District programs lauded as a shining example. Click here.

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 here.)

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  here.

California Air District Chief Testifies in Washington
On November 29, 2012, Seyed Sadredin, the Valley Air District’s Air Pollution Control Officer, testified in Washington D.C. at a Congressional forum to provide a local perspective regarding implementation of the Federal Clean Air Act. For a copy of the testimony click here.

Legislation Introduced for Continued Funding for Clean Air Projects
California State Assemblyman Henry T. Perea recently introduced a bill that would reauthorize the Carl Moyer Air Quality Incentive Program. Click here.

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 click here.

Summary and Action Items from 2014 Governing Board Study Session
In May of 2014, the District held a public Governing Board Study Session for educational and strategic planning purposes. Click here for highlights.

CEQA and ISR consultants must now use CalEEMod
Reminder: As of July 1, 2012 the California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod) is the only model approved for assessing project specific emissions when preparing analysis in compliance with District Rule 9510 (Indirect Source Review), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) within the San Joaquin Valley air basin. For more information please click here.

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. Read More

The District has released a mobile web site for mobile phone users
Now when you visit www.valleyair.org from your mobile phone, you will see the new mobile web site which focuses on quick air quality information. You will also have the option to link to the full site. The District is also working to launch an iPhone app and an Android app in the future.

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 and Spending
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 click here.

EPA redesignates the San Joaquin Valley to Attainment for the federal PM10 standard and approves the PM10 Maintenance Plan
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 regular meeting is Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. To view support materials for this meeting please click here. (i.e. agenda, support documents, or to view the webcast while the meeting is in progress.)

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