The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (APCD) Governing Board will be holding a Public Hearing on Thursday, Aug.19, 2010, beginning at 9 AM.
Held at the Central Region Office located in Fresno, interested parties can also participate in the hearing by attending one of the APCD’s Video Teleconferencing (VTC)rooms at the Northern Region (Modesto) or Southern Region (Bakersfield) APCD offices.
The Board will be conducting routine business, approving items of a general business nature, and receiving & filing final versions of two amended rules, Rule 4653 (Adhesives and Sealants) and Rule 4354 (Glass Melting Furnaces). This will be the last opportunity for interested parties to make further comments to the Board before the amaendments are adopted.
However, they will also be considering two items related to the health effects of PM-2.5, very small particulate matter that is suspected of causing potentially severe health effects in people. A report wil be given to update the Board on health effects of roadside emissions of this material and the Board will be voting on granting an extension to the Central Valley Health Policy Institute to complete research on health effects of ozone and PM-2.5 in Bakersfield, Fresno, and Modesto.
Efforts to control PM-2.5 by regulation have become very controversial of late because of the revelation that a California Air Resources Board (CARB) project manager responsible for recommending new PM-2.5 control rules be adopted lied about having a PhD and may have ignored other studies that did not support adoption of the rules. A series of newspaper articles by Lois Henry of the Bakersfield Californian have implied that some people on the CARB Governing Board (not the APCD Governing Board) knew of this yet proceeded with rule adoption anyway.
Henry has also recently revealed that a major critic of some previous studies that concluded PM-2.5 emissions resulted in increased deaths has been relieved of his duties at UCLA. The implication in her article was that his criticism of those findings may have been a factor in his dismissal, a charge that UCLA denies. However, according to Henry’s article, one of the UCLA committee members who supported the researcher’s dismissal had previously had his own work criticized by the dismissed researcher.
A link to Lois Henry’s article about the UCLA dismissal can be found here: Lois Henry
Information on the APCD Board hearing can be found at this link: APCD Governing Board Hearing
The agenda for the hearing can be found at this link: Board Agenda