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APCD Hearing Board

Upcoming Hearing Board Actions

October 13, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. - AGENDA (coming soon)

This hearing will be held in-person only in the Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, California.

Materials Related to the October 13, 2023 Hearing


Current Vacancies

The APCD Hearing Board has four vacant positions open for recruitment: one Public Member Alternate, one Attorney Member Alternate, one Engineer Member Alternate and one Medical Member Alternate. State law stipulates that the Attorney Member and Alternate must be admitted to the practice of law in California, the Engineer Member and Alternate be registered professional engineers, the Medical Member and Alternate be members of the medical profession and also requires appointment of Hearing Board members be made by the APCD Board of Directors.

Applications for these positions are being accepted October 2 to October 27, 2023. Applications can be submitted via email or U.S. Mail at the addresses below. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 27, 2023. Click below for the application or contact Alyssa Roslan, APCD Clerk of the Board at 805-781-5912.


Press Release

Applications are to be submitted in writing to:
SLO Air Pollution Control District
Attn: Clerk of the Board
3433 Roberto Court
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401


The APCD Hearing Board is a five member quasi-judicial body whose purpose is to decide on matters of conflict between the Air District and industry and to act at the time of an air pollution emergency resulting from an upset or breakdown. The Hearing Board is an independent body, appointed at-large by the APCD Board and consists of an attorney practicing law in California, a registered professional engineer, a member of the medical profession, and two public members.

The Hearing Board issues variances from Air District rules and regulations from Health and Safety Code Section 41701; issues abatement orders requiring a source to cease and desist from a particular act unless specified conditions are met and; resolves permit disputes. A petition for hearing is required to be filed with the APCD Clerk in order to obtain a hearing.

You might want to think of the function of the Hearing Board in this way:

  • The APCD Board adopts rules and regulations (legislative function).
  • The Hearing Board applies rules and criteria to specific persons and situations (judicial function).
  • The Air Pollution Control Officer implements and enforces rules, regulations, permits and orders (executive function).

To find out more on the APCD Hearing Board procedures go to the Regulation VIII—Procedures Before the Hearing Board in the SLO County APCD's Rules & Regulations.

To find out more about small business compliance solutions and answers on variances check out our Small Business Solutions Brochure.

Hearing Board Members

Member Name Member Position Alternate Name Alternate Position
William Johnson - Chair Public Member Vacant Public Alternate
Charles "Chuck" Anders Public Member James Fitzgerald Public Alternate
Dr. Robert Lapidus Medical Member Vacant Medical Alternate
Robert Vessely Engineering Member Vacant Engineering Alternate
Paul Ready Attorney Member Vacant Attorney Alternate



Previous Hearing Board Actions

Click here to be directed to materials for previous Hearing Board Actions, including Petition 17-01.