SAN DIEGO COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT

RULE 54 - DUST AND FUMES
(Rev. Effective 1/22/97)

(a) APPLICABILITY

Except as provided in section (b), the provisions of this rule are applicable to:

  1. Any operation that is comprised of one or more processes as defined in this Rule. This includes operations where solid fuels are introduced.

  2. Only equipment that is required to obtain an Authority to Construct, Permit to Operate or Registration in accordance with these Rules and Regulations.

(b) EXEMPTIONS

The provisions of this rule shall not apply to operations comprised exclusively of a combustion process where liquid fuels, gaseous fuels and corresponding combustion air are introduced.

(c) DEFINITIONS

  1. "Process" means any method, reaction, or operation wherein materials are handled or whereby materials undergo physical change (i.e., the size, shape, appearance, temperature, state or other physical property of the materials is altered) or chemical change (i.e., a substance or substances with different chemical composition or properties are formed or created). A process includes all the equipment and facilities necessary for the handling of materials or the completion of the transformation of the materials to produce a physical or chemical change. There may be several processes in series or in parallel necessary to the manufacture of a product.

  2. "Process Line" means one or more pieces of equipment linked by the process flow and producing a product or performing a service such that the product cannot be produced or the service cannot be performed if any piece of equipment is removed or not functioning.

  3. "Process Weight" means the total weight of all materials introduced into any specific process which process may cause any discharge of air contaminants into the atmosphere. Solid fuels introduced will be considered as part of the process weight, but liquid and gaseous fuels and combustion air will not.

  4. "Process Weight Per Hour" means the value derived by dividing the total process weight by the number of hours in one complete operation from the beginning of any given process to the completion thereof, excluding any time during which the equipment is idle.

(d) STANDARDS

A person shall not discharge in any one hour into the atmosphere from any source dust or fumes, including lead and lead compounds, in excess of the amounts shown in the following table.

To use the following table, take the process weight per hour as defined above. This figure is then found on the table, opposite which is the maximum number of pounds of contaminants which may be discharged into the atmosphere in any one hour. As an example, if A is a process which emits contaminants into the atmosphere and which process takes 3 hours to complete, the weight of all materials in the specific process, in this example 1,500 lbs., is divided by 3, giving a process weight per hour of 500 lbs. The table shows that A may not discharge more than 1.77 lbs. in any one hour during the process. Where the process weight per hour falls between figures in the left hand column, the exact weight of permitted discharge may be interpolated. To convert from pounds to grams, multiply pounds by 454; to convert from pounds to kilograms, multiply pounds by 0.454.

TABLE

RULE 54

Process

Wt/Hr (lbs)
Maximum Weight

Disch/Hr (lbs)
Process

Wt/Hr (lbs)
Maximum Weight

Disch/Hr (lbs)
50 1.00 3500 5.52
100 1.00 3600 5.61
150 1.00 3700 5.69
200 1.00 3800 5.77
250 1.03 3900 5.85
300 1.20 4000 5.93
350 1.35 4100 6.01
400 1.50 4200 6.08
450 1.63 4300 6.15
500 1.77 4400 6.22
550 1.89 4500 6.30
600 2.01 4600 6.37
650 2.12 4700 6.45
700 2.24 4800 6.52
750 2.34 4900 6.60
800 2.43 5000 6.67
850 2.53 5500 7.03
900 2.62 6000 7.37
950 2.72 6500 7.71
1000 2.80 7000 8.05
1100 2.97 7500 8.39
1200 3.12 8000 8.71
1300 3.26 8500 9.03
1400 3.40 9000 9.36
1500 3.54 9500 9.67
1600 3.66 10000 10.00
1700 3.79 11000 10.63
1800 3.91 12000 11.28
1900 4.03 13000 11.89
200 4.14 14000 12.50
2100 4.24 15000 13.13
2200 4.34 16000 13.74
2300 4.44 17000 14.36
2400 4.55 18000 14.97
2500 4.64 19000 15.58
2600 4.74 20000 16.19
2700 4.84 30000 22.22
2800 4.92 40000 28.30
2900 5.02 50000 34.30
3000 5.10 60000 40.00
3100 5.18    
3200 5.27 or more  
3300 5.36    
3400 5.44