SHASTA COUNTY AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT
RULE 3:30 - NOTICE TO COMPLY FOR MINOR VIOLATIONS
The purpose of this rule is to implement the provisions of Chapter 3 of Part 1 of Division 26 of the California
Health and Safety Code (commencing with Section 39150) which define a minor violation and establish guidelines
for issuing a Notice to Comply.
This rule applies to any person subject to State requirements, District rules or regulations, administrative or
procedural plan or permit conditions, or requests for information or records by the Shasta County Air Quality Management
Chronic Violation: A violation that reflects a pattern of neglect or disregard that results in the same
or similar violation at the same source or facility or same piece of equipment.
Information: Data, records, photographs, maintenance records, analyses, plans, or specifications which
will disclose the nature, extent, quantity, or degree of air contaminants which are, or may be, discharged by the
source for which a permit was issued or applied or which is subject to State or Federal requirements, District
rules or regulations, administrative or procedural plan or permit conditions, or requests for information or records
by the District.
Minor Violation: The failure of any person to comply with emission, administrative, or procedural requirements
of applicable State requirements, District rules or regulations, administrative or procedural plans, permit conditions,
or requests for information or records by the District which meets the following criteria:
- Does not endanger the health, safety, or welfare of any person or persons; and
- Does not endanger the environment; and
- Does not cause or contribute to the violation of any State or National Ambient Air Quality Standard; and
- Does not preclude or hinder the District's ability to determine compliance with other applicable State or
Federal requirements, District rules and regulations, administrative or procedural plan or permit conditions, or
requests for information or records; and
- Does not result in an emission of air contaminants exceeding "de minimus" or trivial amounts as
determined by the APCO or delegated enforcement staff on a case-by-case basis and under no circumstance in an increase
in emissions of air contaminants beyond legally established limits.
- Notwithstanding the above criteria, no violation of an applicable State or Federal requirement, District
rule or regulation, administrative or procedural plan or permit condition, or request for information or records
shall be considered a minor violation if:
- The violation is knowing, willful, or intentional; or
- The violation enables the violator to benefit economically from noncompliance, either by realizing reduced
costs or by gaining a competitive advantage; or
- The violation is chronic; or
- The violation is committed by a recalcitrant violator; or
- The violation results in a nuisance.
Notice to Comply: A written method of alleging a minor violation that meets the procedural requirements
of California Health and Safety Code Section 39151.
Procedural Requirement: A provision of a rule or regulation that establishes a manner, method, or course
of action, but does not specify, limit, or otherwise address direct air contaminant emissions.
Recalcitrant Violator: A person or facility where there is evidence indicating that the person or facility
has engaged in a pattern or neglect or disregard with respect to the requirements of District rules and regulations,
permit conditions, or other applicable provisions of State or Federal law or regulations.
- Except as otherwise provided in paragraph D, a Notice to Comply (NTC) shall be the only means by which the
Air Pollution Control Officer (APCO) shall cite a minor violation. The APCO shall not take any other enforcement
action specified in this division to enforce the minor violation against a person or facility who has received
a Notice to Comply if the person or facility is in compliance with this section.
- Any person who receives a NTC pursuant to this subparagraph shall have the period specified in the notice from
the date of receipt in which to achieve compliance with the requirement cited on the NTC. Within five (5) working
days of achieving compliance, the person who received the NTC shall sign and return it to the APCO, stating that
the person will comply with the NTC. The return shall also include a written statement describing when and how
compliance will be achieved. Failure to respond or issuing a false statement that compliance has been achieved
is a violation subject to further legal action pursuant to the California Health and Safety Code, Section 42400,
- A single NTC shall be issued for all minor violations cited during the same inspection and the notice shall
separately list each cited minor violation and the manner in which each minor violation may be brought into compliance.
- A NTC shall not be issued for any minor violation that is corrected immediately in the presence of the inspector.
Immediate compliance in that manner may be noted in the inspection report or other District documents, but the
person or facility shall not be subject to any further action by the District's representative or an authorized
or designated officer. Corrected minor violations may be used to show a pattern of disregard or neglect by a recalcitrant
- If testing is required by the State board or District or an authorized or designated officer to determine compliance,
and the testing cannot be conducted during the course of the inspection, the APCO shall have a reasonable period
of time to conduct the required testing.
- If, after the test results are available, the APCO determines that the issuance of a NTC is warranted, the
APCO shall immediately notify the person or facility owner or operator in writing. If off site testing is required
pursuant to subdivision D.5.a., a copy of the NTC may be mailed to the person or owner or operator of the facility.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of paragraph D, if a person or facility fails to comply with a NTC within
the prescribed period, or if the APCO determines that the circumstances surrounding a particular minor violation
are such that immediate enforcement is warranted to prevent harm to the public health or safety or to the environment,
the APCO may take any needed enforcement action authorized by law.
- Nothing in this rule shall be construed as preventing the reinspection of a site or facility to ensure compliance
or to ensure that minor violations cited in a NTC have been corrected.
- Nothing in this rule shall be construed as preventing the APCO, on a case-by-case basis, from requiring a person
or facility subject to a NTC to submit reasonable and necessary information to support a claim of compliance by
the person or facility.
- The issuance of a NTC for a violation of State law will not interfere with an agency's ability to enforce all
Federal requirements or laws.
- Notwithstanding any other provision of paragraph D, if the APCO determines that the circumstances surrounding
a particular minor violation are such that the assessment of a penalty pursuant to this rule is warranted or required
by Federal law, in addition to issuance of a NTC, the District shall assess a penalty in accordance with Division
26 of the Health and Safety Code, section 42400, et seq., if the APCO makes written findings that set forth the
basis for the determination of the District.
Any person who is issued a NTC may appeal the issuance by filing a written appeal with the APCO within 5 days of
receipt of the Notice. The appeal shall state the grounds and basis for the appeal and include any evidence as
to why the NTC should not have been issued. The APCO shall grant or deny the appeal within 10 days, unless a longer
time period is mutually agreed to by the appellant and the APCO. The APCO decision on the appeal shall be final.
F. Penalty for failure to comply:
Any person or facility who fails to comply by the date specified on the NTC shall be subject to further enforcement
action pursuant to the Health and Safety Code, section 42400, et seq., or any other applicable law.