State of California
AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Summary of Board Meeting
November 13, 1997
Air Resources Board
Board Hearing Room, Lower Level
2020 "L" Street
|MEMBERS PRESENT:||Hons.||John D. Dunlap, III, Chairman
Joseph C. Calhoun, P.E.
Lynne T. Edgerton, Esq.
William F. Friedman, M.D.
Jack C. Parnell
James W. Silva
AGENDA ITEM #
|97-9-1||Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Air Toxics Hot Spots
Regulation for Fiscal Year 1997-1998
SUMMARY OF AGENDA ITEM:
The Air Toxics Hot Spots Information and Assessment Act of 1987 requires
the Air Resources Board (ARB) to adopt a fee regulation to ensure that
costs incurred to implement and administer the Air Toxics Hot Spots Program
are recovered by assessing fees on facilities subject to the requirements
of the Act. The fees assessed through this regulation will be used to inventory
air toxics emissions, prioritize facilities, prepare risk assessments,
review risk assessments, notify the public of potential health risks from
exposure to the emissions, and provide guidance to the facilities for reducing
the risk from exposure to the emissions. The Regulation specifically allocates
the State's costs among the air districts, and it establishes facility
fees for the nine air districts that have requested ARB to adopt their
facility fee schedules.
Approved resolution 97-41 by a unanimous vote.
|97-9-2||Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of a Hairspray Credit Program
SUMMARY OF AGENDA ITEM:
On March 27, 1997, the Board amended the California Consumer Products Regulation pertaining to hairspray to delay the effective date of the second-tier hairspray standard of 55 percent volatile organic compound (VOC) by 17 months to June 1, 1999. At that time, the Board also directed staff to work with interested parties to develop an early reduction credit program to reward those manufacturers who produce and sell 55 percent VOC hairspray products prior to June 1, 1999.
In response to the Board directive, the staff worked with interested parties, including hairspray and other consumer products manufacturers, their suppliers and associations, and the U.S. EPA, to identify the goals of the program and develop specific regulatory language. To this end, staff conducted two formal discussion meetings and three conference calls and held numerous individual telephone calls and meetings.
Staff proposed, and the Board approved, a voluntary, market-based Hairspray Credit Program regulation, and related amendments to the California Consumer Products regulations, providing for both emission reduction credit generation from hairsprays and use within the consumer products arena. Manufacturers and marketers of hairsprays that comply with the 55 percent VOC hairspray standard before the June 1, 1999, effective date can be awarded credits from January 1, 1998 up to the effective date. Additionally, to provide greater incentive for participation in the program, hairspray products with VOC levels less than 55 percent could qualify for additional credits up to January 1, 2005. The program will allow only certain specific uses credits under the California Consumer Products Regulations, including use to obtain additional time to comply with the upcoming standards for a wide variety of consumer products categories with compliance dates ranging from January 1, 1999 to January 1, 2005. The credits will have a fixed life, generally a five-year period. To preserve ARB's State Implementation Plan (SIP) commitment for emission reductions from consumer products, the ability to use credits will cease on January 1, 2010.
The program contains application requirements for credit generation and use, reporting requirements and enforcement provisions to ensure compliance with its goals and requirements. ARB staff will administer all aspects of the program. There are no program fees.
The program is intended to supplement the existing California Consumer Products Regulations and provide a high level of flexibility to participating parties. The flexibility in meeting regulatory requirements is likely to provide an economic benefit to program participants. In terms of emission reductions, the program is designed to encourage early and additional emission reductions from hairsprays, promote the development of low VOC technology which may result in additional emission reductions, and preserve the Air Resources Board's SIP commitment.
In addition, staff suggested, and the Board approved, changes to the
original proposal to address several of the written comments provided by
the U.S. EPA. Testimony was provided in support of the proposed program
and staff's suggested changes by a representative of the regulated community;
however, the representative expressed reservations pending opportunity
to review the specific language for the suggested changes. Staff was directed
by the Board to develop the specific regulatory language and to make such
language available for 15 days in a Notice of Public Availability of Modified
|97-9-3||Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Area Designations for
the State Ambient Air Quality Standards
Health and Safety Code (H&SC) section 39608 requires the Board to designate areas as nonattainment, attainment, or unclassified for the State standards. These area designations must be reviewed annually. In this year's review, the staff considered air quality data collected during 1994 through 1996. Based on these data, the Board adopted the staff's recommendations of the following amendments to the area designation regulations: redesignate Butte and Glenn Counties, in the Sacramento Valley Air Basin as nonattainment-transitional for ozone. These redesignations were made to implement changes to H&SC section 40925.5 which specifies the criteria for designating an area nonattainment-transitional for ozone. Previously, nonattainment-transitional designations were based on air quality within the entire air basin. The changes to the criteria require that this designation be based on air quality within a district.
Glenn County APCO
FORMAL BOARD ACTION:
Adopted Resolution 97-43 by a unanimous vote.
RESPONSIBLE DIVISION: TSD
STAFF REPORT: Yes (155 pages)
|97-9-4||Public Meeting to Consider the Approval and Verification of California's
1995 Emission Inventory Update |
SUMMARY OF AGENDA ITEM:
SB 2174, passed in 1996, requires the Board to approve, at a non-regulatory public meeting, the emission inventory for criteria pollutants, including emissions from mobile, stationary, area-wide, and nonanthropogenic sources. The law also requires verification of the emission inventory using available, scientific data, including measured pollution, and an explanation of any discrepancies. The Board's first inventory approval must occur not later than January 1, 1998, and must be revisited at least every three years thereafter.
The staff recommended the Board approve the statewide, annual average,
1995 Emission Inventory. This is the latest year for which an inventory
Michael C. Block
RESPONSIBLE DIVISIONS: TSD, MSCD, and OAQTP