he California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) will be requiring
holders to obtain an additional CAL FIRE LE-5 permit beginning May 1st. LE-5 Permits may be obtained by
contacting your nearest CAL FIRE office for an application. LE-5 applications may require an on-site visit by CAL FIRE personnel to determine if specific precautions
need to be included in the permit. For more information click on the full news release below.
Current News Release:
Air Quality Awareness Week May 1st-May 5th, 2017
The theme for this year is "Be Air Aware." The goal is to promote events around the globe that inspire people to get involved and take action, no matter how large or small, to reduce their contribution to air pollution.
This year's daily topics will be: Wildfires, Asthma and Air Quality, Air Quality Trends, Air Quality Around the World and Citizen Science.
ore information can be found
the American Lung Association (ALA) issued its State of the Air 2017
report in which “report cards” are given for major areas throughout the US. The report cards have been an annual event by the ALA for many years
now. The report cards grade 726 counties in the US which operate ambient particulate and ozone monitors over a three year period. The grade is weighted and seeks to reflect the number of days the area exceeds AQI
Moderate level for 24-hr PM2.5 averages and 8-hr Ozone levels.
Typically the only county in the North Coast Unified AQMD that is able to receive a grade (i.e. there is monitoring data available) is Humboldt County, which is usually a grade of “A” for both High Ozone
Days and High Particle Pollution Days (see the 2016 ALA report). However, this year the 2017 ALA report gave Humboldt County a “C” grade for High Particle Pollution Days in error upon its review of EPA data.
ALA gets their data from the EPA’s Air Quality System and for this year’s report, they use 24-hour average PM2.5 concentration for the 2013-15 period. Historically, the ALA has screened out data collected
by the Hoopa Valley Tribal EPA during the 2014/15 time period, as it does not meet quality assurance criteria (i.e. collected with an instrument not meeting quality assurance requirements). Unfortunately,
this year the screening step appears to have been missed. If the unqualified data is not included, Humboldt County again receives an “A” for High Particle Pollution Days. Staff has advised the ALA and will work
with them to ensure this particular error is not repeated in next year’s report.
A key point to note in regards to the ALA grade/report is that the grade represents a much more conservative and restrictive methodology which uses AQI (Air Quality Index) for reporting daily air quality.
This is separate from the existing health-based state and federal ambient air quality standards (AAQS) and assessment basis for attainment designations. Because the ALA report bases its grades in part on the AQI,
rather than the AAQS, it is possible to receive an “F” on the report, while still meeting all the AAQS requirements. In the future as other monitors are deployed and report data in our area, the ALA grade for Humboldt
County could indeed change to a “C” or other grade.
State of the Air 2017
TIMBER Program 2017 Updates
December 23, 2016 ARB released revisions to the TIMBER Program funding table for the 2017 year. The first revision increases the cost-effectiveness limit to the
current Carl Moyer Program cap of $18,260 per ton which reduces usage requirements at some funding levels. The second revision affects applicants opted in to the Small
Fleet option of the Statewide Truck and Bus Regulation. The full Mail-out (MSC 16-19) can be viewed here
eginning January 1, 2017 owners of only one unfiltered truck will no longer be eligible for TIMBER funding. However, these truckers
can still apply for the Providing Loan Assistance for California Equipment program (PLACE)
which may be easier to qualify for than typical loans.
District will be accepting TIMBER grant applications until all funding is exhausted. For more infromation or to download an application
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