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Rules to be Adopted or Amended in 2014

Two rules will be presented to the Governing Board for adoption in 2014 per commitments in the Districtís adopted air quality attainment plans:

Additional rules will be presented to the Governing Board for adoption in 2014:


Rule 4901 (Wood Burning Fireplaces and Wood Burning Heaters)
On September 18, 2014, the Districtís Governing Board adopted amendments to Rule 4901 (Wood Burning Fireplaces and Wood Burning Heaters) and new Rule 3901 (Fees for Registration of Wood Burning Heaters).

For more information about residential wood burning please click here.


Rule 4905 (Natural Gas-Fired, Fan-Type Residential Central Furnaces)
As part of the 2014 amendment to Rule 4905, the District will consider lowering the NOx emission limits for natural gas-fired, fan-type, residential furnaces. Based on the preliminary results of a South Coast AQMD study of emissions control technologies for furnaces, the technology required to meet new NOx standards will be available by 2015. For this rule amendment, the District will also examine the possibility of incorporating NOx limits for natural gas-fired, fan-type, commercial central furnaces into the rule.
Next steps: A public workshop will be scheduled at a later date.


Rule 2020 (Exemptions)
Amendments would align the Districtís exemption rule with the Statewide Portable Equipment Registration Program (PERP) by allowing certain registered portable equipment to be used at stationary sources during unforeseen interruptions of electrical power from the serving utility and short-term electrical upgrade operations. Additionally, source test methods outlined in the rule will be updated.
Next steps: A public workshop will be scheduled at a later date.


Rule 2201 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review Rule)
EPA is requiring states and air districts to revisit PM2.5 NSR requirements developed under prior EPA guidance. While new EPA guidance hasnít been finalized, the District must have a new rule adopted by December 31, 2014, that complies with subpart 4 (of Part D, title 1, federal Clean Air Act). Likely revisions include PM2.5 precursor relationship clarifications and a change to the definition of major source threshold.
Next steps: A public workshop will be scheduled at a later date.




Prior to adopting or amending any rule, a notice is published in selected San Joaquin Valley newspapers and the District Governing Board accepts testimony at a public hearing. Copies of any proposed rules would be available via mail subscription at the District, at the District's website here when the rule is developed, and via email using the Districtís email list located here. Information on District rule development is available from District staff at (559)230-6100.