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2013 Annual Monitoring Network Plan

In accordance with federal requirements, the SLO County's Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan is available for public review. Written comments are due by June 30 to Karl Tupper. More >>

Special APCD Board Meeting 

The APCD Board of Directors held a special meeting on Thursday, September 5 at 9:00 am in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. This meeting was held to discuss some of the items that were on the cancelled July meeting agenda, including the APCD's 2013/2014 budget

Local Hazard Mitigation Plan

The San Luis Obispo County's draft Local Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for public review and comment. The SLO County Planning Commission will hold a study session on this topic at their August 22 meeting. Comments on the plan are due by September 6. More »

Budget/Fee Rule Update

A summary of the Air Pollution Control District's Proposed FY 2012-2013 Budget is available for public review at their office, located at 3433 Roberto Court, San Luis Obispo, California, beginning April 20, 2012 (weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m). The budget request of $4,387,958 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-2013 represents a 8% decrease to the current budget for FY 2011-2012. Copies of the budget summary and the schedule of District fees will also be available for review at the public libraries in Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Morro Bay, Nipomo, Paso Robles, and San Luis Obispo during their normal business hours.

UPDATE: Budget was approved at the August board meeting.

CARB Regulatory Reporting Requirements

Additional courses are being offered in our area on CARB's regulatory reporting requirements for fleets subject to the truck and bus regulations.
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Burn Permit Program

As of November 14, 2011, burn season has been officially declared open. The APCD has made the following changes to the Agricultural and Backyard Burn Permit Program.

  • Agricultural and Backyard Burn Permit fees for the 2011/2012 season are now $50.
  • Burn Permit Applications are available at many locations including all Agricultural Commissioner offices; most libraries; Avila, San Miguel and Nipomo CSD offices and at the APCD.  Please click here for a list of locations.
  • Mail-in Only Burn Permit Applications are also available to download.
  • Burn Applications will no longer be available at CAL FIRE stations in SLO County.

All burning requires a permit from the APCD prior to conducting the burn.  More »

UPDATE: The 2011-2012 Back Yard Burn Season ended April 30, 2012. 2012-2013 Back Yard Burn Season should begin mid-November.

Board Adopts Coastal Dunes Dust Control Rule

At the November 16, 2011 meeting the APCD Board approved the Coastal Dunes Dust Control Rule 1001 to require implementation of dust control measures on coastal dunes where vehicle activity occurs.
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ConocoPhillips Proposed Throughput Increase Project

The APCD released the Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the environmental evaluation for ConocoPhillips proposed project to increase the throughput by 12.5% at their refinery on the Nipomo Mesa. A Public Scoping Meeting was held on Wednesday, October 22, 2011 at the South County Regional Center.

Links to Notice of Preparation of EIR