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Coachella Valley PM 10

Attainment Redesignation Request and Maintenance Plan

Summary of Coachella Valley PM10 Plan

The Coachella Valley is currently designated as a serious nonattainment area for PM10 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of 10 microns or less). Under the federal Clean Air Act (CAA), an area can be redesignated as attainment if, among other requirements, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) determines that the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) have been attained. U.S. EPA guidance further states that a determination of compliance with the NAAQS must be based on three complete, consecutive calendar years of quality-assured air quality monitoring data. In applying U.S. EPA's recently approved Natural Events Policy (NEP), the Coachella Valley has not violated either the 24-hour or annual average PM10 standards during the last three calendar years (1993 through 1995). Accordingly, the purpose of this plan is to request a redesignation of the Coachella Valley to attainment for PM10 and to submit the attendant maintenance plan and other required actions to qualify for such redesignation by the U.S. EPA.

Chapters

Chapter 1 of the plan describes the purpose of the plan, the regulatory background, PM10 health effects, the Coachella Valley area, and provides a summary of previous PM10 reduction efforts.

Chapter 2 includes a description of air quality in the Coachella Valley, a case-study of a high-wind natural event, and the Valley's attainment with the federal PM10 NAAQS.

Chapter 3 provides a summary of the methodology for estimating PM10 emissions and includes future year emissions estimates.

Chapter 4 contains the maintenance plan, which consists of a maintenance demonstration, a description of future air quality monitoring and verification of future compliance with federal NAAQS, and a contingency plan to be implemented if the area does experience a future violation.

Chapter 5 is the redesignation request and references how each of the U.S. EPA's redesignation criteria are met.

Chapter 6 is the Natural Events Action Plan, as required by the U.S. EPA NEP and is intended to protect public health as a result of future high-wind natural events.

Chapter 7 is a summary checklist that references the portions of the document intended to satisfy CAA and U.S. EPA requirements.

Download the Plan

The plan is divided into segments for downloading. Click on the chapter or part you want to download that segment. Please note the plan has been prepared in Microsoft Word for Windows 6.

Table of Contents (PDF, 14kb)
Chapter 1 (PDF, 1.7MB) -- Introduction
Chapter 2 (PDF, 681kb) -- Air Quality
Chapter 3 (PDF, 31kb)   -- Emissions Inventory
Chapter 4 (PDF, 81kb)   -- Maintenance Plan
Chapter 5 (PDF, 11kb)   -- Redesignation Request
Chapter 6 (PDF, 538kb) -- Natural Events Action Plan
Chapter 7 (PDF, 17kb)   -- Summary Checklist

The following is a list of the supporting document appendices that can be obtained by contacting:

Mike Laybourn
Planning, Transportation, and Information Management
South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 E. Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4182

or by phone at 909-396-3066

or by e-mail at mlaybourn@aqmd.gov

APPENDICES

APPENDIX A - INITIAL BLOWSAND STUDY
APPENDIX B - MODEL DUST CONTROL ORDINANCE
APPENDIX C - CMAQ-ISTEA PROJECTS
APPENDIX D - CMAQ-ISTEA PROJECT PROCEDURES MANUAL
APPENDIX E - DISTRICT RULE 403
APPENDIX F - DISTRICT RULE 403.1
APPENDIX G - COACHELLA VALLEY PM 10 AIR QUALITY
APPENDIX H - COACHELLA VALLEY PUBLIC INFORMATION DOCUMENTS

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