The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) firmly believes in its motto, “Clean Air is Everyone’s Business.” As such, ORCAA seeks to keep everyone within our jurisdiction well informed about the actions—and proposed actions—we take.
Public comment is currently being accepted on proposed changes to ORCAA’s Registration Fee structure for registered sources. Over the last several months, ORCAA staff conducted surveys, multiple open house meetings, and phone interviews with sources to collect data, suggestions and concerns from sources likely to be affected by the updated program. The proposed changes were drafted after that feedback was collected and considered.
Interested parties may comment on the proposed changes online or in writing. They may also testify in person during a schedule Public Hearing hosted by ORCAA on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, beginning at 10 a.m. during the regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Directors
Summaries of proposed changes are available for review at ORCAA’s Olympia office and online at www.orcaa.org.
Comments submitted to ORCAA in writing should be addressed to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502, and will be accepted up to close the Public Hearing on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
Residential and land clearing burning was banned in all urban growth areas (UGAs) in the state of Washington beginning January 1, 2007, under RCW 70.94.743(1).
In 2006 Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) notified residents and fire protection agencies about that law in the 17 known UGAs within our jurisdiction. However, the Irondale/Port Hadlock area’s UGA designation was unknown to ORCAA at that time.
ORCAA only recently learned that the Irondale/Port Hadlock area is designated as an Urban Growth Area. ORCAA endeavors to uphold the state clean air laws to the best of its ability to ensure clean air quality for all its residents. Toward that end, residents of the Irondale/Port Hadlock UGA are being informed that ORCAA will work closely with the East Jefferson Fire Rescue unit to enforce the state clean air laws governing burning within a UGA.
We ask that you obey the law and be considerate and respectful of the community’s right to breathe clean air. Violation of burn ban regulations may result in enforcement action and the issuance of a civil penalty.
Maps of the no-burn areas and information regarding alternatives to outdoor burning can be found on ORCAA’s website. ORCAA encourages everyone to use this as an opportunity to explore safe, reasonable alternatives to outdoor burning. Alternatives include:
- Use a mulching mower to reduce or eliminate grass clippings.
- Chip and/or compost your yard and garden debris.
- Haul your yard and garden debris to a community composting facility
Residents should also be aware that burning any form of garbage – including paper –is prohibited at all times by state law. Burn barrels are also illegal everywhere in Washington state.
Current burn ban status can be found at: WaBurnBans.net or www.orcaa.org
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) wants to help businesses improve their energy efficiencies, thereby helping them save money while reducing emissions.
The DOE’s Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) is the lead government program working to increase the energy efficiency of U.S. industry–which accounts for about one-third of U.S. energy use. Together with our partners, ITP helps research, develop, and deploy innovative technologies that companies can use to improve their energy productivity, reduce carbon emissions, and gain a competitive edge.
The ITP offers a collection of free software tools to help you identify and analyze energy system savings opportunities in your plant or industrial facility.
One Tuesday, July 12, 2011, the ITP hosts a free webcast focused on the variety of new tools and resources for its industrial stakeholders. Craig Cheney of Project Performance Corporation will discuss the updated energy management kit, and the forthcoming ITP/BTP tool suite. The webcast will also focus on how industry is using ITP’s tools and resources to conduct energy assessments, implement projects, and communicate the importance of energy efficiency in industry.
For more information, or to register, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/industry/newsandevents/news_detail.html?news_id=17510
From the EPA News Release:
EPA Establishes Clean Air Act Standards for Boilers and Incinerators / Sensible standards provide significant public health benefits while cutting costs from initial proposal by nearly 50 percent.
WASHINGTON – In response to federal court orders requiring the issuance of final standards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing final Clean Air Act standards for boilers and certain incinerators that achieve significant public health protections through reductions in toxic air emissions, including mercury and soot, but cut the cost of implementation by about 50 percent from an earlier proposal issued last year.
Mercury, soot, lead and other harmful pollutants released by boilers and incinerators can lead to developmental disabilities in children, as well as cancer, heart disease, aggravated asthma and premature death in Americans. These standards will avoid between 2,600-6,600 premature deaths, prevent 4,100 heart attacks and avert 42,000 asthma attacks per year in 2014.
In response to a September 2009 court order, EPA issued the proposed rules in April 2010, prompting significant public input. The proposed rules followed a period that began in 2007, when a federal court vacated a set of industry specific standards proposed during the Bush Administration. Based on the public input received following the April 2010 proposal, EPA made extensive revisions, and in December 2010 requested additional time for review to ensure the public’s input was fully addressed. The court granted EPA 30 days, resulting in today’s announcement.
Based on input from key stakeholders including the public, industry and the public health communities, today’s announcement represents a dramatic cut in the cost of implementation, while maintaining maximum public health benefits. As a result, EPA estimates that for every dollar spent to cut these pollutants, the public will see between $10 to $24 in health benefits, including fewer premature deaths.
The agency received more than 4,800 comments from businesses and communities across the country in response to the proposed rules. Public input included a significant amount of information that industry had not provided prior to the proposal. Based on this feedback, and in keeping with President Obama’s executive order on regulatory review, EPA revised the draft standards based on the requested input to provide additional flexibility and cost effective techniques – achieving significant pollution reduction and important health benefits, while lowering the cost of pollution control installation and maintenance by about 50 percent, or $1.8 billion.
Read the full News Release here.
Open for Public Comment
The following Revisions to the ORCAA Regulations are open to public comment through end of business(4:30 p.m. PST) on Feb. 9, 2011. Written comments should be sent to: ORCAA, 2940-B Limited Lane NW, Olympia, WA 98502. A public hearing is slated for Feb. 9, 2011, during the regular meeting of the ORCAA Board of Directors, beginning at 10 a.m.
The revisions to the Regulations include updating outdoor burning rules in the City of Hoquiam, with the full support and encouragement of that city. The revision also adds and clarifies the enforcement ability of the long-standing Thurston County Residential Outdoor Burning Permit program.
To see all proposed regulation revisions and code amendments, click here