CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Auditorium, First Floor
400 "P" Street
September 13, 1990
90-13-1 Public Meeting to Consider Proposed Revisions 001
to the Air Pollution Emergency Plan for Ozone
90-13-2 Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of 065
Amendments to the Fee Schedule and List of
Substances and to the Emission Inventory
Criteria and Guidelines Regulations Pursuant
to the Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Information
and Assessment Act of 1987.
90-13-3 Public Meeting to Consider a Report on 275
the California Clean Air Act Cost
90-13-4 Public Meeting to Consider Approval of a Report 278
to the Board Concerning Landfill Gas Emissions:
--Data Analysis and Evaluation Guidelines
--Suggested Control Measure
ITEM NO.: 90-13-1
Proposed Revisions to the Air Pollution Emergency Plan for
Oxidant (Ozone) Episodes.
The Air Resources Board (ARB) Staff concurs with the Department
of Health Services (DHS) and recommends that the Board (1) change
the Air Pollution Emergency Plan working to refer to ozone rather
than oxidant; (2) lower the Stage 1 criterion for oxidant (ozone)
from 0.20 ppm to 0.15 ppm; (3) not require forecasting of Stage 1
episodes in districts with five or fewer exceedances per year of
0.15 ppm ozone; instead, we recommend that these districts take
steps to educate the public about air pollution effects, and
establish procedures for notifying the public when episodes do
occur; and (4) defer consideration of the DHS recommendation on
the joint criterion for oxidant and sulfur dioxide until the
sulfur dioxide ambient air quality standards is reviewed in 1991.
The Air Pollution Emergency Plan, as now written, establishes
three episode stages for oxidant, measured as ozone. Staff
recommends working changes from oxidant to ozone to make the plan
consistent with changes previously made when the ambient air
quality standard for oxidant changed to an ozone standard. Based
on the health effects evaluation and recommendation made by DHS,
staff recommends lowering the stage one criterion level for
oxidant (ozone) from 0.20 ppm to 0.15 ppm. Staff recommends
allowing the option of forecasting Stage 1 episodes in districts
with five of fewer exceedances per year of 0.15 ppm of ozone
because the degree of forecasting accuracy for five or fewer
exceedances is sufficiently low to warrant alternative
considerations. Staff recommends deferring the review of the
joint criterion for oxidant in combination with sulfur dioxide
until 1991 because of recent health information.
ITEM NO.: 90-13-2
Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of Amendments to a Fee
Schedule and List of Substances Pursuant to the Air Toxics "Hot
Spots" Information and Assessment Act of 1987 (AB 2588) and
Amendments to the Emission Inventory Criteria and Guidelines
The Air Resources Board (ARB) staff recommends that the Board
adopt proposed amendments to the "Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Fee
Regulation" for recovery of fiscal year 1990-91 state and air
pollution control districts costs and proposed conforming
amendments to the Emission Inventory Criteria and Guidelines
"Hot Spots" Summary. The Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Information and
Assessment Act of 1987 established a program to inventory Air
Toxics Emissions, and to notify the public of any significant
health risks associated with the emissions from any facility. To
enable the ARB, air pollution control districts, and the
Department of Health Services (DHS) to implement the program, the
Act requires the ARB to compile and maintain a list of toxic
substances and to adopt a fee schedule each year, which assesses
a fee upon the operator of every facility subject to the law.
A fee regulation designed to recover fiscal year 1988-89 program
costs was adopted by the ARB on July 14, 1988 and became
effective on December 15, 1988 as Chapter 3.6 of the California
Code of Regulations. Last year, the initial fee regulation was
amended to recover program costs for fiscal year 1989-90 and
became effective on April 23, 1990.
SUMMARY AND IMPACTS OF ACTION
The fee regulation is proposed to be amended to include updated
state and district program costs and fees for fiscal year 1990-91.
Other proposed amendments include adding a fee for
facilities subject to emission inventory requirements which emit
less than 10 tons per year of a criteria pollutant, updating and
maintaining the list of substances, and adding new or revised
district toxic inventories, surveys or reports.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District will base fees on
their current toxic air pollutant inventory, as was done last
year, but we propose to amend the fee regulation by modifying the
toxic weighting factors and fee index brackets, adding new toxic
air pollutants and other administrative changes.
Staff also proposes conforming amendments to the Emission
Inventory Criteria and Guidelines Regulation's list of substance.
The proposed amendments are intended to maintain compatibility
between the list of substances in the Fee Regulation and the
Emission Inventory and Criteria Guidelines Regulation.
Environmental Impacts. Adoption of the amendments to the
regulation is not expected to result in any adverse health,
safety or environmental impacts.