SACAQMD RULE 701 EMERGENCY EPISODE PLAN
LAST REVISED 09/05/96


RULE 701 EMERGENCY EPISODE PLAN

Adopted 5-6-74

(Amended 9-15-75, 8-3-77, 12-6-78, 5-25-93, 9-5-96)


INDEX

100 GENERAL


200 DEFINITIONS



400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

501 TEST METHODS


100 GENERAL

101 - PURPOSE: To reduce air pollutants which may reach or have reached levels harmful to health, and to protect the population at risk. This rule establishes control and advisory procedures when specified pollutant levels have been reached, or are predicted to be reached by the Air Pollution Control Officer.

102 - APPLICABILITY: STATIONARY AND MOBILE SOURCE EMERGENCY EPISODE ABATEMENT PLANS: This rule shall apply to all stationary sources, or combination of stationary and mobile sources, which emit (based on actual emissions for the previous calendar year) 50 tons or more per year of volatile organic compounds, or 50 tons or more per year of oxides of nitrogen, or 100 tons or more per year of carbon monoxide, or 100 tons or more per year of PM10.


200 DEFINITIONS

201 - AFFECTED POLLUTANTS: Volatile organic compounds (VOC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur oxides (SOx), PM10, carbon monoxide (CO), lead, vinyl chloride, sulfuric acid mist, hydrogen sulfide, total reduced sulfur, and reduced sulfur compounds.

202 - EMISSIONS UNIT: An identifiable operation or permitted piece of process equipment such as an article, machine, or other contrivance which controls, emits, may emit, or results in the emissions of any affected pollutant directly or as fugitive emissions.

203 - EPISODE ACTION COORDINATOR: A person or persons employed by a stationary source, or a combination of stationary and mobile sources, assigned the responsibility for preparation and/or implementation of an episode abatement plan.

204 - EPISODE AIR POLLUTANT: Carbon monoxide, ozone, and PM10.

205 - MOBILE SOURCE: A motor vehicle, machine, or other contrivance which controls, emits, may emit, or results in the emissions of any affected pollutant, and is capable of moving or being moved from one place to another, under its own power.

206 - PM10: Particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter smaller than or equal to a nominal 10 microns as measured by an applicable reference test method or methods found in Article 2, Subchapter 6, Title 17, California Code of Regulations (commencing with Section 94100).

207 - STATIONARY SOURCE: Any building, structure, facility, or emissions unit which emits or may emit any affected pollutant directly or as a fugitive emission.

208 - VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUND (VOC): For the purposes of this rule, "volatile organic compound" has the same meaning as in Rule 101--GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS.


300 STANDARDS

301 - EMERGENCY EPISODE ABATEMENT PLAN REQUIREMENTS AND APPROVAL:

302 - ABATEMENT REPORTS: The operator or episode action coordinator shall prepare and submit a report of the abatement plan's effectiveness when implemented in response to a stage 1, stage 2 or stage 3 episode, within 60 days of a request by the Air Pollution Control Officer. Such report shall include the following information, as applicable:

303 - DISAPPROVAL OF EMERGENCY EPISODE ABATEMENT PLANS: In the event of disapproval of an emergency episode abatement plan, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall notify the operator in writing of the reasons for denial. The operator shall submit a revised plan within 30 days from the date of notification, incorporating the changes required by the Air Pollution Control Officer. A revised plan shall not be approved until the Air Pollution Control Officer determines that the issues which resulted in denial have been addressed. Service of notification shall be made in person or by mail, and such service may be proved by the written acknowledgment of the person(s) served or affidavit of the person making the service. Any person aggrieved by a decision of the Air Pollution Control Officer may appeal the decision to the Hearing Board pursuant to the provisions of RULE 601 - PROCEDURE BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD.

304 - EMERGENCY EPISODE ABATEMENT PLAN IMPLEMENTATION: Upon declaration by the Air Pollution Control Officer that a stage 1, 2, or 3 episode is in effect, the operator or episode action coordinator shall implement the approved emergency episode abatement plan for the declared stage.

305 - EMERGENCY EPISODE DECLARATION: Whenever the concentration of an episode air pollutant reaches, or is predicted to reach, a health advisory or a stage 1, 2 or 3, episode as specified in Table 1, at any location within the District, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall declare that such episode advisory or stage is in effect in the District.

306 - NOTIFICATION OF AN EMERGENCY EPISODE STAGE: When any episode stage is declared, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall notify the following officials or officers:

307 - CONTENT OF NOTIFICATION: Notification of an episode stage shall include information as to which episode has been predicted or reached, the expected duration of the episode, the estimated geographic boundaries of the affected area, the specific episode air pollutant for which the episode has been declared, a statement of the public health significance of the episode, and the appropriate voluntary or mandatory control actions to be taken, as described in Section 308.

308 - EMERGENCY EPISODE ACTIONS: When an episode stage is declared to be in effect, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall implement the following control actions:


400 ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS

401 - AIR POLLUTION DISASTER: When it is determined by medical authorities or local officials that a substantial number of persons are suffering or are likely to suffer incapacitating effects from air pollution, regardless of measured air pollutant concentrations, and analysis of meteorological and air quality data by the California Air Resources Board or the District indicates that the condition is likely to continue, or recur, the Air Pollution Control Officer may request the Chairperson of the California Air Resources Board to confer with the director of the California Office of Emergency Services and jointly they may recommend to the Governor that an air pollution disaster (State of Emergency) be declared.

402 - TERMINATION OF AN EPISODE STAGE: The Air Pollution Control Officer shall declare an episode stage as terminated when the concentration of a episode air pollutant falls below the level shown in Table 1 of this rule, and when meteorological data indicate the episode air pollutant concentration is expected to decrease to a lower pollutant threshold level.

403 - NOTIFICATION OF TERMINATION OF AN EPISODE STAGE: Upon declaration of termination of an episode stage, the Air Pollution Control Officer shall notify those persons and offices specified in Section 306 of this rule. Such notice shall also advise which episode stage is in effect, if any, as specified in Section 308 herein.

404 - INTERDISTRICT COORDINATION: Should the Air Pollution Control Officer of a district adjacent to the Sacramento District declare a stage 1, 2 or 3 episode within that district and request assistance, the Air Pollution Control Officer of the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District may take action to:

500 MONITORING AND RECORDS

501 - TEST METHODS: The concentration of an air pollutant is measured by ambient air monitoring. The level of ozone is measured by ARB Method 14, the level of carbon monoxide is measured by ARB Method 11, and the level of PM10 is measured by ARB Method 71.

TABLE 1 - EPISODE CRITERIA

EPISODE AIR POLLUTANT CONCENTRATION LEVELS

Averaging Time Health Advisory Episode Stage 1 Episode Stage 2 Episode Stage 3 Episode
Ozone 1 Hour 0.15 ppm 0.20 ppm 0.35 ppm 0.50 ppm
Carbon Monoxide 1 Hour

4 Hours

8 Hours

*

*

*

40 ppm

25 ppm

15 ppm

75 ppm

45 ppm

30 ppm

100 ppm**

60 ppm

40 ppm

PM10 24 Hours 375 µg/m3 625 µg/m3 875 µg/m3

    * Health Advisory for this pollutant is issued at the Stage 1 Level.

    ** For one hour, and predicted to persist for one additional hour.

    ppm means parts of pollutant per million parts of air, by volume.

    µg/m3 means micrograms of pollutants per cubic meter of air at standard conditions.