Bay Area Air Quality Management District

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 pollution in 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 ozone model 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 Air program 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 matter through 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 Corporation waste ponds, Martinez
*Pacific Gas and Electric
*Shell Oil refinery, Martinez

Notable board members

*Chris Daly
*Liz Kniss
*Jake McGoldrick
*Gavin Newsom

ee also

*Spare the Air
*Air pollution

*Association of Bay Area Governments
*Metropolitan Transportation Commission (San Francisco Bay Area)

External links

* [ Bay Area Air Quality Management District]
* [ Spare the Air website]
* [ Managing TitleV Compliance]
* [ Clean air reference website]
* [ Fireplace Rebate Fund]

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