Summary of AQMD Governing Board Actions
October 8, 1999

RULE CHANGES FOR PRINTERS, SOLVENT USERS WILL CUT EMISSIONS

The Governing Board adopted amendments to two AQMD rules covering solvent cleaning operations and printers that will reduce emissions of smog-forming volatile organic compounds by more than 15 tons a day in the region when fully effective.

The amendments to Rule 1171 (PDF, 59kb) – Solvent Cleaning Operations will ultimately cut daily VOC emissions by 15 tons, one of the last big-ticket VOC-reducing rules available to AQMD. It will reduce the allowable VOC content for cleaning solvents used in product cleaning and surface preparation, repair and maintenance cleaning, cleaning industrial and architectural coating and adhesive application equipment, and cleaning ink application equipment. The reduction in VOCs will be required in two steps, the first in 2001 and the second in 2005.

Since many of the final 2005 limits under Rule 1171 are based on solvent formulations yet to be fully developed, AQMD will conduct a technology assessment before enforcing those standards to further demonstrate that local businesses will be able to achieve them. For further information, see the Board item, e-mail Jack Broadbent or call him at 909-396-3789.

Amendments to Rule 1130 – Graphic Arts will reduce daily emissions of volatile organic compounds in the region by about half a ton by lowering the allowable level of VOCs in a variety of materials used by printers, as well requiring higher efficiency for pollution control systems. For further information, see the Board item, e-mail Elaine Chang or call her at 909-396-3186.



BOARD FUNDS CLEAN VEHICLE PROJECTS, EV CHARGING STATIONS

The Board approved funding for a number of clean vehicle projects. Under its Air Quality Investment Program, AQMD will provide up to $192,568 to OceanAir Environmental to repower a tug boat based in Long Beach with a low-emissions diesel engine. Also under AQIP, AQMD will provide up to $49,476 to The Vons Companies, Inc., to replace seven diesel tractors with seven liquefied petroleum gas-powered tractors.

AQMD’s Board also approved $292,025 in Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee funds to install numerous electric vehicle charging stations in the area.



The Board approved all other items on the agenda, except item 1, which was delayed one month.

In Other News

AQMD TO AMEND THE 1997 CLEAN AIR PLAN

A narrowly focused "surgical" revision to the AQMD’s 1997 Air Quality Management Plan for ozone could go before the Governing Board as early as December.

The action was prompted by a preliminary federal District Court ruling ordering AQMD to implement 31 measures it had dropped or delayed from the outdated 1994 plan when adopting the 1997 update.

Because the EPA had not approved the 1997 plan, the court ruled that the 1994 plan was the only one in effect and the AQMD must implement the 31 measures.

AQMD acted to drop or delay these measures in the 1997 plan because they were deemed infeasible, ineffective, too costly or overly burdensome to businesses and the public. They include trip reduction requirements like carpooling at shopping malls, event centers, schools and universities, and emission reductions from numerous businesses that use coatings.

By revising the 1997 plan now, AQMD hopes to win EPA approval of an amended plan. This would allow the district to ask the court to withdraw its order.

For more information on the proposed revision, see the executive summary (PDF, 492kb).

Public workshops on the proposed revision are scheduled as noted below:

Tuesday, October 12, 1999
7 p.m.
Carson Community Center
Room 107
801 E. Carson St.
Carson, CA

Wednesday, October 13, 1999
10 a.m.
City of Anaheim
Council Chambers
200 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA

Thursday, October 14, 1999
10 a.m.
Holiday Inn Express
Empire B Room
3400 Market St.
Riverside, CA

Thursday, October 14, 1999
2 p.m.
County of San Bernardino
Board of Supervisors Chambers
385 N. Arrowhead Ave.
San Bernardino, CA

Thursday, October 14, 1999
7 p.m.
South Coast AQMD
Auditorium
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA


TOWN HALL MEETING SET FOR SANTA FE SPRINGS, WHITTIER AREA

Santa Fe Springs and Whittier area residents are invited to talk about air quality concerns at a town hall meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the Santa Fe High School, Auditorium, 10400 Orr and Day Road, Santa Fe Springs.

Since December 1997, the South Coast Air Quality Management District has held more than a dozen community town hall meetings throughout Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as part of its environmental justice program.

The town hall meetings offer area residents the opportunity to talk with air quality officials about air quality concerns unique to their communities. In turn, the meetings help the agency better understand the diverse concerns of communities in the South Coast Air Basin.