RULE 606 Administration of Emergency Program - Adopted 1974, Renumbered 5/89, Amended 8/19/91

I. Sampling Stations - There shall be at least one permanently located atmospheric sampling station equipped to monitor the contaminants covered by the plan. Sampling locations shall be designated by the Kern County Air pollution Control Officer with the concurrence of the Air Resources Board. These stations shall consist of monitoring equipment operated in a manner that will provide for measurements of contaminant concentration in the range of values specified in the episode criteria. Additional temporary, fixed or mobile sampling stations may be maintained and activated as deemed necessary in the applicable areas. Analytical procedures shall be in conformance with Air Resources Board standards. The Air Resources Board shall provide calibration services as required.

II. Meteorological Services - When deemed necessary by the Air Resources Board, they shall provide for the acquisition of meteorological information in any area of the State. The Kern County Air Pollution Control District may provide such services in addition to the State services.

III. Notification of Episode - The Air Pollution Control Officer shall notify the following when an episode has been declared.

All Episodes:

  1. The Air Resources Board,
  2. Local public health officials and hospitals,
  3. The news, radio and television medias,
  4. Air Pollution Control District personnel,
  5. Appropriate elected officials. (The Kern County Board of Supervisors),
  6. Local and State law enforcement agencies,
  7. Sources specified in the shutdown plans. (Not required for Health Advisories),
  8. Public safety personnel, who have responsibilities for or interests in air pollution control,
  9. Other Air Pollution Control Districts in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin,
  10. The Emergency Action Committee (if one is appointed).

The "Notice of Declaration" of an episode shall include the following:

  1. The specific level achieved or predicted and predicted duration,
  2. The estimated geographic area affected or to be affected,
  3. The pollutant for which the declaration is made,
  4. The geographic location where the air contaminants were measured.

IV. Emergency Action Committee - The Air Pollution Control Officer may appoint an Emergency Action Committee consisting of the Health Officer, Sheriff, County Counsel, Chairman of the Board, Emergency Service and other members and may include representatives of the Air Resources Board or the State Office of Emergency Services for liaison purposes. The committee shall act in an advisory capacity to the Air Pollution Control Officer.

V. Interdistrict Coordination - Upon the request of an Air Pollution Control Officer who has declared an air pollution episode, adjacent air pollution control districts shall provide air pollutant and meteorological information so as to delineate source and receptor areas within the air basin.

Upon the request of an air pollution control district within the air basin requesting action to abate an episode, the Air Pollution Control Officer will consult with the Air Pollution Control Board and the Emergency Action Committee (if one is appointed) to determine and to evaluate the source area and the nature and the extent of the control actions to be taken.

Each air pollution control district within the air basin shall implement any action or combination of actions in the Stationary Source Curtailment and Episode Abatement Plans that will abate the episode.