(a) Notwithstanding Sections 40918, 40919, and 40920, a district that does not have extreme air pollution may elect to not include a no-net-increase permitting program in its attainment plan if all of the following actions are taken:
(1) The governing board of the district finds, at a public hearing, that the no-net-increase permitting program is not necessary to achieve and maintain the state ambient air quality standards by the earliest practicable date.
(2) Prior to making the finding specified in paragraph (1), the governing board does both of the following:
(A) Reviews an estimate of the growth in emissions, if any, that is likely to occur as a result of the elimination of a no-net-increase permitting program.
(B) Complies with Section 40914 either by having adopted, or having scheduled for adoption, all feasible measures to achieve and maintain state ambient air quality standards, or by the use of an alternative emission reduction strategy.
(3) The governing board of the district submits its finding to the state board, and, within 60 days from the date of the submittal of the finding, the state board makes a determination based on quantifiable and substantial evidence that a no-net-increase permitting program is not necessary to comply with the mitigation requirements established pursuant to Section 39610 and that the no-net-increase permitting program is not necessary to achieve and maintain the state ambient air quality standards by the earliest practicable date. If the state board does not make any determination within that 60-day period, and the district does not agree to an extension of that time period, the district may make the election authorized by this subdivision.
(b) Nothing in this section shall relieve a district from the obligation to require the use of the best available control technology pursuant to Section 40918, 40919, or 40920.
Added Stats 1996 ch 1092 § 2 (AB 3319).
Note- Stats 1996 ch 1092 provides:
SECTION 1. It is the intent of the Legislature that this act not affect the mandate on the State Air Resources Board to establish mitigation requirements commensurate with the contribution of upwind emissions to downwind ambient air pollutant levels as provided in Section 39610 of the Health and Safety Code.