- Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) is a public agency that regulates the stationary sources of
air pollutionin the nine counties of California's San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, southwestern Solano, and southern Sonoma. The BAAQMD is governed by a Board of Directors composed of 22 elected officials from each of the nine Bay Area counties, and the board has the duty of adopting air pollution regulations for the district.
The first meeting of the Bay Area Air Pollution Control District (as it was initially known) board of directors was on
November 16 1955, possessing the duty of regulating the sources of stationary air pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area, that is, most sources of air pollution with the exception of automobiles and aircraft. By 1960, the Air District took significant actions, banning open burning at dumps and wrecking yards in 1957 and limiting industrial emissions in 1958. In 1958, the Air District also opened its first analytical laboratory, which was followed with an ambient air monitoring network in 1962. The Air District later began to regulate agricultural burning in 1968, and banned backyard burning in 1970. In 1971, the Air District adopted emissions standards for lead, and Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties became members of the Air District. The following year, the Air District began making daily air quality broadcasts through the "smog phone," and the board adopted the first odor regulation in the United States. California's first gasoline vapor recovery program was started in 1974 by the Air District. In 1975, the country's first air quality ozonemodel was completed by the Air District. The Bay Area Air Pollution Control District changed its name to the Bay Area Air Quality Management district three years later. In 1980, the Air District proposed a "Smog Check" program, one that would be adopted statewide by 1982. 1989 saw the nation's first limits on emissions from commercial bakeries and marine vessel loading, and the following year, emissions from aerosol spray products also came under regulation. In 1991, the Spare the Airprogram was started, made to notify the public of when air quality is forecast to exceed federal standards. The Air District founded its vehicle buyback program in 1996, intended to buy and scrap older, more polluting automobiles. In 1998 and 1999, the Air District took steps to reduce particulate matter, primarily through regulating woodburning appliances and monitoring particulate matterthrough pre-existing air quality monitoring stations. In 2005, the Air District began to regulate emissions from refinery flares, the first regulations of its kind in the country.
Notable facilities in jurisdiction
Some example stationary sources in the BAAQMD jurisdiction are:
IT Corporationwaste ponds, Martinez
Pacific Gas and Electric
Shell Oilrefinery, Martinez
Notable board members
Spare the Air
Association of Bay Area Governments
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area)
* [http://www.baaqmd.gov Bay Area Air Quality Management District]
* [http://www.sparetheair.org Spare the Air website]
* [http://www.chemicalprocessing.com/articles/2006/128.html?page=print Managing TitleV Compliance]
* [http://www.cleanair.com/Reference/Library/library.html Clean air reference website]
* [http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_8086302?IADID=Search-www.contracostatimes.com-www.contracostatimes.com&nclick_check=1 Fireplace Rebate Fund]
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