State of California AIR RESOURCES BOARD Commons Large Dining Room University of California Riverside, CA April 4, 1973 9:30 a.m. AGENDA 73-7-1 Approval of Minutes of March 21, 1973 Meeting. 73-7-2 Consideration of Emergency Revisions to the Regulations for the Administration of Subvention Program. 73-7-3 Consideration of Transportation Control Plans for the San Francisco-Bay Area, San Diego, Sacramento Valley and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins. 73-7-4 Report on the Status of Kaiser Steel's Emission Control Program. 73-7-5 Agricultural Burning. a. Consideration of Agricultural Burning Implementation Plans. b. Report on Advancing the Time for the Daily Release of Burn Notices. 73-7-6 Summary of New EPA Regulations. 73-7-7 Status Report on Power Plants in the South Coast Air Basin. 73-7-8 Applications for Extension of Open Burning at Disposal Sites. 73-7-9 Report on Local District Variances Extended for More Than One Year. 73-7-10 Other Business. 73-7-11 Remarks from Audience - End of Morning and Afternoon Sessions. ITEM NO.: 73-7-2 Proposed Revisions to Regulations for Administration of the Subvention Program. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 73-17. SUMMARY Emergency regulations for administration of the subvention program were initially adopted by the Board on October 25, 1972 to serve the needs for implementing the program during the remaining portion of the 1972-73 fiscal year. Revisions to the regulations are being proposed to provide for subvention application procedures for fiscal 1973-74 and subsequent years and for the administration of supplemental subventions for the remainder of fiscal 1972-73 and subsequent years. In addition to the above revisions, the regulations have been reorganized and clarified to reflect the experience of the staff in processing applications during the last few months. Attached are a staff report, a summary of the revisions to the regulations, a copy of the proposed regulations and proposed Resolution 73-17. The attached proposed regulations contain a few minor corrections and additions to the draft, copies of which were distributed to local districts for their review and comment. The corrections and additions are shown double underlined. Comments received are summarized in the staff report. ITEM NO.: 73-7-3 Revision 3 to the State Implementation Plan (Transportation control plans for the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Sacramento Valley, and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins). RECOMMENDATION Complete the plans in April and announce public hearings to be held in May, 1973. DISCUSSION 1. EPA requires that the State Implementation Plan be revised to provide for the achievement of the national ambient air quality standards in the South Coast, San Francisco Bay Area, the San Diego, the Sacramento Valley, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Basins. The only feasible means of achieving some of these standards is principally through further transportation control measures. 2. A U.S. Court of Appeals' decision earlier this year, requires that the State make the needed revisions in its Implementation Plan by April 15, 1973. 3. At its March 7, 1973 meeting, the Board considered a proposed outline of revisions to the San Francisco Bay Area, San Diego, Sacramento, Valley, and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins implementation plans. At that time, the Board instructed the staff to prepare plans in accordance with that outline. Because EPA was holding hearings on its plan for the South Coast Air Basin, it was suggested that the development of the State plan for this Air Basin be delayed until the information obtained by EPA is evaluated. 4. The staff has completed a preliminary draft of the basic elements of the plans for the four air basins; a copy of this draft is attached. The proposed plans are expected to be ready by mid-April for public hearings in May. 5. The staff suggests public hearings be scheduled by the Board as follows: Friday, May 18, 1973 - Fresno Monday, May 21, 1973 - San Francisco Wednesday, May 23, 1973 - San Diego Friday, May 25, 1973 - Sacramento ITEM NO.: 73-7-4 Status of Kaiser Steel's Emission Control Program. RECOMMENDATION None. This is an informational report. SUMMARY The attached report is submitted in response to the Board's request for additional information at the January 3 meeting in Anaheim when the San Bernardino County Air Pollution Control District report on the status of the Kaiser Steel Plant emission control program was considered. The report contains a list of the sources at the Kaiser Plant and their status of compliance the District's rules and regulations. ITEM NO.: 73-7-5a Consideration of Agricultural Burning Implementation Plans. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 73-1b. SUMMARY Adoption of the attached resolution will complete board action on the approval of local agricultural burning implementation plans for 47 of the 50 air pollution control districts in the State. The remaining 3 districts, Kings County, Madera County and Fresno county have scheduled hearings in April to adopt or modify plans in conformance with the Board's guidelines. ITEM NO.: 73-7-5b Advancing Agricultural Burning Notices. RECOMMENDATION None. This is an informational report. SUMMARY As directed by the Board at the February 7 meeting in Palm Springs the staff investigated the requests that consideration be given to advancing the time for issuing agricultural burning notices. As a result of this investigation the staff proposes to conduct a trial program in the Southeast Desert Air Basin of issuing the notice each day at 2:00 p.m. designating the condition for the following day. ITEM NO.: 73-7-6 Summary of New EPA Regulations. STATUS Over the past year, EPA has proposed or adopted regulations which can affect the Board's program. These regulations include: (a) New Source Performance Standards (Adopted) and Standards for Emissions of Hazardous Pollutants (Proposed). (b) Stationary Source Regulations to Amend State Implementation Plans (Proposed). (c) Regulations concerning Transportation Control Plans (Proposed). (d) Regulations on Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (To Be Proposed). (e) Emission Standards for Aircraft (Proposed). (f) Regulation of Fuels and Fuel Additives (Some Adopted, Some Proposed). (g) Regulations for Maintenance of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (Proposed). (h) Guidelines for Semi-Annual Reports and Quarterly Reports (Proposed). A summary table of the status of these EPA regulations is attached. The status and problems of each item are discussed separately in the attached material following the table. ITEM NO.: 73-7-7 Power Plants in the South Coast Air Basin. RECOMMENDATION None. This is an informational report. SUMMARY The attached report is submitted in response to the Board's request at the March 21 meeting, and provides updated information on the status of new fossil fuel power plant construction in the South Coast Air Basin. ITEM NO.: 73-7-8 Application for extension of open burning at disposal site. RECOMMENDATION Adopt Resolution 73-15. SUMMARY Colusa County has requested an additional time extension to continue open burning at the Maxwell dump. The time extension previously granted by the Air Resources Board for this dump site expired on January 1, 1973. The staff has determined by investigation that alternate methods of waste disposal are now available to the residents of the Maxwell area in Colusa County. Adoption of the attached resolution will deny the request and authorize the staff to refer future violations to the Attorney General's Office. ITEM NO.: 73-7-9 Variances granted or extended for a period exceeding one year. RECOMMENDATIONS No Board actions are recommended in the cases of Bermite Division, Tasker Industries, Flare Northern Division, Atlantic Research Corporation and California Portland Cement Company. The variance granted to Monolith Portland Cement Company by the Kern County Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board should be based on an accepted compliance schedule. Further evaluation of the schedule should be made to determine if it is reasonable. DISCUSSION 1. Sections 24303 and 24365.12 of the California Health and Safety Code requires all air pollution control districts to submit annual reports on all variances issued or extended for a period exceeding one year. 2. Under Section 39054.2 of the Health and Safety Code, the Board is authorized to revoke any variance if the Board finds that the increases in air contaminants outweighs the economic loss that may result if the variance is revoked. 3. On November 8, 1973, the staff presented to the Board a list of 77 variances reported for the year July 1, 1971 through June 30, 1972. 4. After reviewing the 77 variances, the Board requested that six of the variances be evaluated further. The six are: (a) Bermite Division, Tasker Industries (Los Angeles County). (b) Flare Northern Division, Atlantic Research Corporation (Los Angeles County). (c) California Portland Cement Company (Kern County). (d) Monolith Portland Cement Company (Kern County). (e) Simpson Lee Paper Company (Shasta County). (f) Kimberly-Clark Corporation (Shasta County). 5. The evaluations were to include, if possible: (a) Review of the variance petition. (b) Review of the hearing board reports. (c) Evaluation of the plant facilities and its emission. (d) Evaluation of control technology that may be applicable. (e) Cost of control. 6. The staff has evaluated all six variance. The following is a summary of findings and staff reports on the variances granted by local hearing boards to four sources located in the southern portion of the State. (Bermite Division, Tasker Industries, Flare Northern Division, Atlantic Research Corporation, California Portland Cement Company, and Monolith Portland Cement Company). (a) Bermites' variance will soon expire and Flare Northern is no longer under a variance. No further Board action is recommended. (b) California Portland Cement Company is near completion of its modification program to bring its operation into compliance. No board action is recommended. (c) Monolith Portland Cement Company has proposed a compliance schedule which will be completed in 1976. The Kern County Air Pollution Control District hearing board has not accepted the schedule, but has granted several consecutive variances. 7. The remaining variances were granted to two sources (Simpson Lee Paper Company and Kimberly-Clark Corporation) located in Northern California. Reports on these variances will be presented to the Board at the May 2, 1973 Board meeting in Eureka.