Air quality district to consider proposed resolution

The Northern Sierra Air Quality Management will consider a proposed resolution related to the Portola Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Attainment Plan (Plan) to meet requirements for contingency measures under the federal Clean Air Act.

On September 9, 2020, the City of Portola adopted Ordinance 359, amending the City of Portola Wood Stove and Fireplace Ordinance and The Prohibition of the Open Burning of Yard Waste, Chapter 15.10 of the Portola Municipal Code, to meet requirements under the federal Clean Air Act to reduce particulate matter pollution. Among other things, the amended Portola Municipal Code requires the District to take certain actions in response to elevated levels of air pollution.

The proposed resolution would approve the amendments to be added to the Plan, direct that they be submitted to the California Air Resources Board for submittal to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP) under the federal Clean Air Act, and direct that the District fulfill its obligations under the Portola Municipal Code.

The proposed resolution would also find that, in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), this action is exempt under Class 8, section 15308 of the CEQA Guidelines, title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, for actions taken by regulatory agencies as authorized by state law to assure the maintenance, restoration or enhancement of the environment where the regulatory process involves procedures for protection of the environment.

Pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act and implementing federal regulations, the District will conduct a public hearing at the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District Board meeting which will be held by telephone conference at: (425) 436-6345 Passcode: 899668# on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to call in and comment during the public hearing portion of the board meeting.  The public hearing is for the exclusive purpose of providing the public and interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the proposed action. Written comments may be submitted to the District by mailing them to Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District, 200 Litton Drive, Suite 320, Grass Valley, CA 95945, but must be received in the Grass Valley office before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23, 2020. Written comments can also be submitted to the District via EMAIL at [email protected] by Friday, October 23 at 5:00 p.m.   Documents, including the Proposed Resolution, will be available by September 25, 2020 (thirty days prior to public hearing) and may be requested by calling (530) 274-9360 or (530) 832-0102.