CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD Red Lion Inn Kern River/Buena Vista Rooms 3100 Camino Del Rio Court Bakersfield, CA August 22, 1986 9:00 a.m. AGENDA 86-10-1 Consideration of a Petition from Ecology Action Educational Institute, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Valley Protection Committee Regarding the Modesto Energy Company's Proposed Westley Tire Incinerator. 86-10-2 CONTINUATION OF Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of a Regulatory Amendment Identifying Chlorinated Dioxins and Dibenzofurans as Toxic Air Contaminants--For Adoption of Resolution Only. 86-10-3 Public Hearing to Consider a Revision to the State Implementation Plan for Kern County. Other Business a. Closed Session 1. Personnel (as authorized by State Agency Open Meeting Act, Govt. Code Sec. 11126(a).). 2. Litigation (Pursuant to the attorney-client privilege, Evidence Code Sec. 950-962, and Govt. Code Sec. 11126(q).). b. Research Proposals c. Delegations to Executive Officer ITEM NO.: 86-10-3 Public Hearing to Consider a Revision to the SIP for Kern County. RECOMMENDATION That the Air Resources Board find that the 1986 Kern County Plan adopted by the Kern County Air Pollution Control Board does not fulfill the requirements of the federal Clean Air Act. That the Air Resources Board revise the Plan to make it fulfill the Clean Air Act requirements. DISCUSSION The Environmental Protection Agency has required a revised air quality plan for Kern County because the 1979 version of the Plan did not bring about attainment of the ozone standard by December 31, 1982, as predicted. On March 31, 1986, the Kern County Air Pollution Control Board adopted the 1986 UPDATE TO THE KERN COUNTY NONATTAINMENT AREA PLAN FOR OZONE AND CARBON MONOXIDE in response to the requirements of the EPA's SIP call. Extensive cooperative discussions among staffs of the ARB, the EPA, and Kern County led to the preparation of an earlier draft of the 1986 Kern County Plan for consideration by the Kern County Board. While the draft Plan could not demonstrate attainment of the ozone standard by December 31, 1987, as required by the SIP call and the Clean Air Act, it did contain the other elements required of this plan. After a series of public hearings in January, February, and March, the Kern County Board adopted the draft plan with major changes which, in the opinion of ARB staff, considerably weakened it. The two major deficiencies in the adopted 1986 Kern County Plan are: 1) it does not contain all reasonably available measures to reduce emissions of reactive organic gases and oxides of nitrogen, and 2) the District's permit program does not ensure a net reduction of ozone precursor emissions from the construction and operation of new and modified major sources of ozone precursors. Because of these deficiencies, the Kern County Plan does not provide for progress toward attainment of the ozone standard as required by the Clean Air Act. The Kern County Board submitted the Plan to the Air Resources Board on April 21, 1986, and requested that it be submitted to the EPA as part of the State Implementation Plan. The Air Resources Board is designated by state law as the air pollution control agency for all purposes set forth in federal law, and is responsible for preparation of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) required by the Clean Air Act. The ARB must adopt a plan approved by the local air quality planning agency (in this case, the District) unless the Board finds at a public hearing that the plan will not fulfill the requirements of the Clean Air Act. If after a public hearing the Board finds the locally adopted plan to be inadequate, it may adopt such revisions as necessary to comply with such requirements. Failure to submit an adequate plan to the EPA may result in the imposition of sanctions and a construction ban for new major sources. The alternatives available to the Air Resources Board concerning the 1986 Kern County Plan are: 1) find that the Plan does not meet the Clean Air Act requirements and revise it to include commitments to correct specific deficiencies prior to sending it to the EPA as part of the State Implementation Plan, 2) find that the Plan does not meet the Clean Air Act requirements and direct the staff to schedule a public hearing for the Board to consider amending the Rules and Regulations of the Kern County Air Pollution Control District to correct deficiencies described in this staff report and to insert such adopted rules into the 1986 Kern County Plan prior to sending it to the EPA, 3) find that the 1986 Kern County Plan does not comply with Clean Air Act requirements and return the Plan to the District with a request that it be revised to comply with such requirements, or 4) find that the 1986 Kern County Plan complies with the Clean Air Act requirements and sent it to the EPA as part of the State Implementation Plan. The staff recommends that the Board pursue the first alternative and amend the 1986 Kern County Plan prior to sending it to the EPA as a SIP revision. The staff believes this is the most reasonable alternative in that the Board will be acting to carry out its responsibility to provide the EPA with a SIP which meets both Clean Air Act and EPA requirements as quickly as possible. This alternative will provide the District the opportunity to adopt the necessary rules and regulations to implement the Plan as amended by the Air Resources Board. In this way, only if the District fails to adopt appropriate revisions to its rules and regulations will the staff recommend that the air resources board schedule a public hearing to consider adopting such rules and regulations for Kern County.