State of California AIR RESOURCES BOARD Sacramento Community Center Sacramento Room (2nd floor) Sacramento, CA August 24, 1976 10:00 a.m. AGENDA 76-16-1 Approval of Minutes of July 26 and 27, Board Meetings. 76-16-2 Consideration of Emissions of SO2 from Stationary Sources in the South Coast Air Basin and possible control methods. a. Presentation and Discussion of the KVB report on the Control of Oxides of Sulfur from Stationary Sources in the South Coast Air Basin. 76-16-3 Consideration of Power Plant Fallout - South Coast Air Basin. 76-16-4 Progress Report on the Control Strategy for Oxides of Nitrogen in the South Coast Air Basin. a. Presentation and Discussion of the KVB report on the Control of Oxides of Nitrogen from Stationary Sources in the South Coast Air Basin. 76-16-5 Other Business - a. Executive Session - Personnel and Litigation b. Research Proposals ITEM NO.: 76-16-2 Emissions of Sulfur Dioxide from Stationary Sources in the South Coast Air Basin and Possible Control Methods. RECOMMENDATION That the Board hold workshops on the technology and costs associated with: (1) hydrodesulfurization of fuel oils and (2) flue gas desulfurization. SUMMARY Last January, the staff reported to the Board on the technologies for removing sulfur from fuel oils and for removing oxides of sulfur from stack gases. Review of recent literature indicates that technologies for reducing sulfur dioxide by hyrodesulfurization of fuel oils and by flue gas desulfurization have continued to improve. Remarkable progress has been made in Japan with flue gas desulfurization. The information obtained indicates that sufficient reductions in sulfur dioxide emissions could be made to achieve the ambient air quality standards for sulfate and sulfur dioxide. The staff believes that the costs associated with achieving such reductions are not unreasonable. ITEM NO.: 76-16-3 Consideration of Power Plant Fallout - South Coast Air Basin. RECOMMENDATION Give the district 30 day notice of intent to hold a hearing to determine: (1) whether particulate emissions from South Coast Air Basin power plants are interfering with the achievement of air quality standards in addition to creating a public nuisance, and (2) whether the district is taking reasonable action to control these emissions. If the district fails to take appropriate action against SCE and LADWP, the Board should assume the district's power and schedule an abatement order hearing. SUMMARY Citizen complaints that a problem exists due to fallout from power plants in the South Coast Air Basin have continued for some time. This continuing problem warrants Board consideration. ITEM NO.: 76-16-4 Progress Report - Control Strategy for Oxides of Nitrogen in the South Coast Air Basin. RECOMMENDATION Informational Report. SUMMARY Further control of oxides of nitrogen emissions is needed, particularly in light of increased use of liquid fuels. Current strategies for the control of stationary and vehicular sources are not projected to be adequate to allow the state ambient air quality standard for NO2 to be met. Additionally, further NOx control is required to reduce peak oxidant levels and nitrate aerosols. The potential exists, however, for effecting further emission reductions through the extension of current performance standards to smaller sources. Potential control measures, including flue gas denitrification, warrant additional study.