State of California AIR RESOURCES BOARD Palm Springs High School Auditorium 2248 East Ramon Road Palm Springs, CA February 7, 1973 9:30 a.m. AGENDA 1. Approval of Minutes of January 17, 1973 Meeting. 2. Consideration of Application for Accreditation of AQP Device for 1966-70 Model Vehicles. 3. Consideration of Local District Agriculture Burning Implementation Plans. 4. Status Report on the Problems of Emissions from Calaveras Cement Company, Calaveras County. 5. Report on Additional Regulations for Control of NOx Emissions in the South Coast Air Basin. 6. Consideration of Transportation Controls in the South Coast Air Basin to be Included in the State Implementation Plan. 7. Report of Request for an Air Basin Boundary Change in San Diego County. 8. Status of the Annual Report. 9. Other Business. 10. Remarks from Audience. - - - At 9:30 a.m. on February 5, 1973, the Board will meet in a workshop with its staff to discuss: Status of proposals for transportation controls included in the State Implementation Plan. These discussions will be held in the Executive Conference Room, ARB Vehicle Test and laboratory facility, 9528 Telstar Ave., El Monte, California. This is only a discussion session. No actions will be taken by the ARB on 2/5/73. ITEM Application for Accreditation of Air Quality Products, Inc. Oxides of Nitrogen Control Device for Used 1966 through 1970 Model-Year Vehicles. RECOMMENDATION Deny accreditation. DISCUSSION Air Quality Products has submitted an application for accreditation of its NOx control device. This application was considered by the Board at its January 17, 1973 meeting. The Board instructed the staff to evaluate Air Quality Products application and determine if the device could meet the legal requirements as specified in Section 39177.3(a) of the Health and Safety Code. The Air Quality Products device, "Pure Power", combines an emission control system with a capacitive discharge ignition system in a single package. The manufacturer's application states that the cost of the emission control system portion of the device is $35 and the cost of the ignition system is $50 for a total device cost of $85. It also states that if a person desires to purchase the emission control system, he must also purchase the ignition system. A meeting was held with a representative of Air Quality Products to determine if the two systems could be physically separated. A separation of the two systems that could be effected without an increase in the quoted price of the emission control system might satisfy the statutory limitation on device cost. Air Quality Products described the circuitry of each system. Although the system functions are basically independent, the Air Quality Products representative could not show how the two could be separated without a re-design. It is the staff's opinion that the device, in its present configuration, consists of two integrated, inseparable systems and therefore, does not meet the statutory maximum cost criterion of $35. ITEM Approval of Agricultural Burning Implementation Plans. CONCLUSION 1. Twenty-seven Air Pollution Control Districts have submitted agricultural burning implementation plans consistent with the Board's Agricultural Burning Guidelines. Approval for these plans is recommended. (Adopt Resolution 73-1). 2. Eleven Air Pollution Control Districts have submitted agricultural burning implementation plans which require minor adjustments to be consistent with the Board's Agricultural burning guidelines (see Resolution 73-2a and 73-2b). Resolution 73-2a provides conditional approval of the plan of San Diego County. The staff recommends the adoption of this Resolution. Resolution 73-2b provides conditional approval of plans from some counties in the San Joaquin Valley and from some northern counties. The staff recommends that action on Resolution 73-2b be deferred until the meeting on February 21, 1973 in San Francisco. 3. Twelve Air Pollution Control Districts have not submitted agricultural burning implementation plans as required by the Board's Agricultural Burning guidelines. The staff recommends that these districts be reminded to submit their plans by February 21, 1973 for Board consideration. FACTS AND DISCUSSION 1. On June 21, 1972, the Board adopted Agricultural Burning Guidelines for the entire state (see attached). The Guidelines regulate open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals, range improvement burning, forest management burning and burning for improvement of wildlife and game habitat. These Guidelines supersede those the Board adopted on March 17, 1971 which regulated only open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals in 6 of the state's 11 air basins. 2. The new Guidelines require all districts to adopt, by December 20, 1972, implementation plans to regulate agricultural burning and to submit the plans to the Board for approval within 10 days after adoption. After public hearing, the Board is required by the State Health and Safety Code to approve, modify and approve, or reject the plans. The Code also requires that if a plan is rejected, or if no timely plan is submitted, or if the plan is economically or technically not feasible, the Board, after hearings held in the basin affected, shall adopt an alternative plan. 3. Those districts have a plan for regulating open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals approved by the Board pursuant to the March 17, 1971 Guidelines, are not required by the new Guidelines to re-submit that portion of the plan. Those districts, however, are required to submit a plan for regulating range improvement burning and forest management burning. 4. The Guidelines specify that a district is not required to adopt a plan for regulating a type of burning not practiced in the district. The district, however, is required to submit a resolution requesting this exemption. 5. Those districts which have regulated agricultural burning prior to September 20, 1965 are exempted by Section 39295.7 of the Health and Safety Code from all or portions of the requirements of the Guidelines (see Table 1). 6. The following exemptions based on elevation are allowed by the Guidelines: a. Open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals at elevations above 3,000 feet, except in the Tahoe Basin. b. Agricultural burning at elevations above 6,000 feet, except in the Tahoe Basin. 7. The district implementation plans are required by the Guidelines to include the following seven items: a. Specific minimum provisions for regulating open burning in agricultural operations in the growing of crops or raising of fowls or animals; b. Specific minimum provisions for regulating range improvement burning; c. Specific minimum provisions for regulating forest management burning; d. The list of agencies the district wants the Board to designate to issue agricultural burning permits; e. The form of the burning permit(s) to be used; f. The form of information which the district will provide the designated agencies regarding State laws, district rules and regulations, the Agricultural Burning Guidelines and other information; and g. The procedures by which the district will enforce the plan. 8. As of January 30, 1973, the 27 districts listed below have adopted by resolution and submitted agricultural burning implementation plans containing the items required by the Guidelines. Approval of these plans is recommended (see Figure 1 and Resolution 73-1). ITEM Status Report - The problem of emissions from Calaveras Cement, San Andreas, Calaveras County. FACTS AND DISCUSSIONS 1. The San Andreas plant of Calaveras Cement, a Division of Flintkote Corporation, was constructed in 1925. The plant uses a wet-process and manufactures approximately 4.2 million barrels of cement annually. For this amount of production, the emission rate with the present control equipment - assuming 90% efficiency - is estimated to be 1,800 pounds per hour. The maximum allowable rate of emission in accordance with the rules and regulations of Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District is 38 pounds per hour. 2. Calaveras County formed an air pollution control district on March 6, 1970, adopted rules and regulations on April 5, 1971, and revised their rules and regulations on April 24, 1972. 3. During recent years, the Air Resources Board has received complaints from citizens concerning air pollution caused by the Calaveras Cement Company at San Andreas in Calaveras County (see attached letter). 4. On May 12, 1972, staff found the plant in violation of Section 24242 (visible emissions) of the State Health and Safety Code. (See attached pictures and report). 5. On August 16, 1972 the Deputy Executive Officer of the Board, in accordance with Section 39054 of the State Health and Safety Code and the authority delegated by the Board, requested a report from the district as to the actions taken to resolve the problem (copy attached). 6. On August 21, 1972 the district reported that the County Hearing Board would review Calaveras Cement's request for a variance on August 25, 1972 (copy attached). 7. On August 25, 1972 the Calaveras County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board set December 1, 1972 as the date for a variance hearing for the cement company. At that time, the company was to submit a detailed engineering study, including equipment cost and installation timetable. 8. On October 22, 1972, a variance hearing was held, however, and the cement plant was placed under variance until January 1, 1973 to officially give the company time for their engineering study (petition attached). 9. On November 22, 1972 the cement company notified the hearing board that nine additional months were required for engineering study (letter attached). 10. The variance hearing was re-scheduled and held on January 5, 1973. The hearing board renewed the variance until March 30, 1973, at which time representatives from the company are to make a detail presentation justifying the need for 9 additional months for the engineering study. ITEM Report on additional regulations for control of NOx Emissions in the South Coast Air Basin. CONCLUSION This is an informational report. DISCUSSION The Air Resources Board at its meeting on December 6, 1972 instructed the staff to discuss with the South Coast Air Basin Coordinating Council (SCABCC) the possibility of making the "Rule 68" limitations on NOx emissions of 125 ppm with gas fuel and 225 ppm with oil fuel, uniform throughout the basin and applicable to smaller sources. A letter dated December 18, 1972 was sent to all members of the SCABCC and its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) requesting that this subject, among others, be discussed at the January 5, 1973 meeting of the SCABCC. The SCABCC placed this matter on the agency of its January 5, 1973 meeting and subsequently instructed its TAC to develop a report on this subject. On January 25, 1973 the SCABCC-TAC met in the offices of the Los Angeles County APCD to discuss the drafting of the report to the SCABCC. The TAC had planned to present the report to SCABCC at its meeting on February 2, 1973, which would have made the report and the SCABCC decision on this subject available to the Air Resources Board at its February 7, 1973 meeting. However, since the SCABCC meeting was deferred to February 9, 1973, a report on this matter will be made after the SCABCC has made its decision. ITEM Consideration of transportation controls in the South Coast Air Basin to be included in the State Implementation Plan. ISSUE What should be the Air Resources Board's position regarding EPA's requirement that the State submit an transportaion control plan before February 15, 1973. CONCLUSION To be drawn after February 5, 1973 workshop discussions. ITEM Request from San Diego County to change the San Diego Air Basin boundary to be conterminous with the eastern boundary of San Diego County. RECOMMENDATION The request, along with requests which have been received for changes in other basins be included in a review of the objective and basis of establishing air basins. FACTS AND DISCUSSION 1. The Air Pollution Control Board of San Diego County Air Pollution Control District has submitted a resolution (attached) requesting the Air Resources Board to revise the boundaries of the San Diego Air Basin so as to include therein that portion of the County of San Diego which is presently part of the Southeast Desert Air Basin. (See attached map). 2. The reason given for such a change is that administrative complications result from a small section of the County being included in another air basin. 3. The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is preparing a presentation to justify their request. 4. When the air basin was established by the Board in 1968, it was determined that the eastern portion of San Diego County belongs in the Southeast Desert Air Basin, both meteoroligcally and topographically. 5. In the San Diego Air Basin, the most significant stationary sources of air pollution are: mineral operations, steam power plants, agricultural operations, and industries associated with the shipyards. 6. The portion of San Diego County in the Southeast Desert Air Basin has none of the above stationary sources. 7. On February 9, 1973 a Board committee will hold a hearing on the proposed Mountain Counties Air Basin. Lake County and Santa Barbara County has indicated a desire to change the boundaries of the North Coast Air Basin and the South Coast Air Basin respectively.