California Title V regulations & environmental compliance analysis

California Title V: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Air pollution control districts: 26 California Health & Safety Code (CH & SC) 40000 to 41357

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Approval of Title V programs: 40 CFR 70, Appendix A

Regulatory Agencies

California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Local air districts

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. California does not have a state Title V program but has 35 programs administered by the individual air quality districts. Each of the 35 designated air districts manages its own Title V program, and each district was required to submit a program to EPA for approval. On November 30, 2001, 34 of the 35 air districts received full final approval of their Title V programs from EPA. However, EPA partially withdrew approval of each program on November 14, 2002, because of a provision in the CH & SC exempting major agricultural sources from Title V permitting. The exemption was removed on September 22, 2003, and each of the 34 programs was approved for major agricultural sources effective January 1, 2004. The remaining local air district, Antelope Valley Air Pollution Control District, also received full final approval of its program from EPA effective January 1, 2004. See the state section AIR (REGULATORY OVERVIEW) for additional information on local air districts.

EPA has also approved a Title V permitting threshold for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that is consistent with the federal requirements. Information on the GHG emissions thresholds and other general Title V program elements can be found in the national section TITLE V. However, ...

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