Chapter IV, Article V Source Emission Testing

Section 650:

In the event that emission occurs, or is likely to occur, which is in excess of that allowed by these Regulations, or if the nature of the source of the emission warrants, emission source testing or emission premise monitoring may be required as follows:

  1. The source owner or operator may be required to perform or have performed tests to determine the emission of air contaminants from any source. Tests must be conducted by reputable, qualified personnel and in accordance with good professional practice and acceptable methods. The District may observe such testing at any time and be supplied with a copy of test results in writing, signed by the person responsible.
  2. Require the installation of emission monitoring equipment on a permanent basis so the operators of air contamination sources may know the nature and extent of emissions. Record of such monitoring shall be available to the District upon demand. Such monitoring must be done by qualified personnel who use acceptable analytical methods.
  3. The District may conduct emission tests on any premise. The owner shall provide necessary holes, stacks, ducts, platforms, ports or other such safe and proper sampling and testing facilities. Any construction required shall be in accordance with the General Industrial Safety Orders of the State of California. If permanent monitoring is deemed necessary, any equipment needed shall be provided and maintained by the owner under the general direction of the District. Copies of any District testing result shall be provided the owner upon request.
  4. The owner or operator of any equipment or operational project which requires a permit or is otherwise under the jurisdiction of the Lake County Air Quality Management District and which requires specialized equipment to be utilized by, or available to, District personnel or designated representatives during inspections, testing or monitoring shall make such specialized equipment available to the District, upon request, at no charge to the District or shall reimburse the District for such required use. If such equipment is provided the District, the maintenance of said equipment shall be the permit holder's or owner's responsibility. Alternatively, if the permit holder provides funds to the District for purchase of such equipment, the permit holder will be relieved of any training and maintenance responsibility. For the purpose of this Article equipment shall exclude hard hats, steel-toed shoes, eyeglasses, gloves and hearing protection. Precautions and safety equipment covered herein are those routinely used by operators or required to be used by other regulatory agencies (Cal-OSHA, etc.).
Section 651: Any ambient air quality monitoring, meteorological monitoring or air dispersion testing accomplished in the Lake County Air Basin, or in adjoining air basins, which is intended to be utilized by the District in the permit assessment of a project, proposed within the Lake County Air Basin or in the development of District rules, shall be mutually agreed upon by the Lake County Air Quality Management District and by sponsors of such activities prior to the installation of any equipment intended for such data acquisition. Any data or information so generated, collected or obtained shall be quality audited, as mutually agreed upon, and provided to the Lake County Air Quality Management District. (Monitoring accomplished by other Air Pollution Control Districts, the State Air Resources Board or Environmental Protection Agency may be excluded from the provisions of this Section as allowed by law or with the approval of the Lake County Air Pollution Control Officer.) The Air Pollution Control Officer may grant approval and agree to accept data for such monitoring and testing program(s) prior to commencement, or may reserve the right to reject data collected without prior approval.
Section 655:

Performance Plan: Compliance with the specified emission(s) limitation(s) resulting from these Rules and Regulations may be established through a protocol or performance plan acceptable to the District. The primary purpose of the performance plan is to facilitate a method of determining compliance, while recognizing that there are variations in process factors (i.e., steam quality) beyond the operator's control which affect emissions, and that continuous source emissions monitoring is not practicable.

The performance plan shall describe the manner in which the abatement system(s) will be operated to meet the specified emission(s) limitation(s) and shall include the following if available:

  1. The frequency and method of sampling process parameters and constituents (i.e., steam quality, flow rates, etc.);
  2. The frequency and method of determining the amount of abatement achieved by the abatement system(s);
  3. The frequency and method of calibration;
  4. The frequency and method of emission source testing;
  5. Data logging requirements, good scientific practices, detailing actions, changes in calibration, changes in process control, inspections, mishaps, etc.;
  6. The locations of all logs and source test records; and
  7. A process for notifying and reporting to the District documents which establish compliance with the performance plan.

Each performance plan can be modified by mutual agreement between the District and the operator. Changes to the performance plan shall not take effect until copies of the revised plan(s) are filed at the District office and acknowledged in writing by the District.

Compliance with the approved plan of performance shall constitute compliance with the applicable emissions limitation. Failure to comply with the performance plan shall constitute the basis for enforcement of failure to comply with the applicable emissions limitation.

Any permit holder shall have the right of appeal to the Hearing Board any plan submitted which is either subsequently disapproved or unreasonably modified by the Air Pollution Control Officer.