Category Archives: Air Quality

Air Quality General

Poiriez Carries on MDAQMD’s Business-Responsive Legacy

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Brad Poiriez

By Violette Roberts, Community Relations & Education Manager

Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

Brad Poiriez was appointed Execu­tive Director of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Manage­ment District by the Victorville-based agency’s Govern­ing Board on July 25, 2016. Poiriez is responsible for enforcing the MDAQMD’s rules and regulations, enforcing health and safety provisions and state programs, running the district’s day-to-day operations and supervising the MDAQMD’s 39 em­ployees.

While Poiriez may be new to the MDAQMD, he is no stranger to air qual­ity management, having served as Air Pollution Control Officer for the Imperi­al County Air Pollution Control District since 2008 and as an employee of the El Centro-based air district for over 22 years. Poiriez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Studies from Eastern Illinois University in 1990 and has worked in the environmental field for over 23 years.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

High Desert Businesses give MDAQMD High Marks for Customer Service

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By Christie Robinson, CRE Specialist, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

In today’s economic climate, cus­tomer service can mean the differ­ence between success and failure for some businesses and organiza­tions. In January of this year, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Manage­ment District–the local air quality agency for San Bernardino County’s High Desert and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley–initiated a Cus­tomer Service Satisfaction Survey in an effort to provide the MDAQMD Executive Board with insights on how well staff is meeting the needs of regulated business while issuing permits, inspecting facilities and re­sponding to questions about air qual­ity rules and regulations.

The MDAQMD’s last Customer Ser­vice survey– which was conducted in 1999–produced 26 responses. The 2016 survey produced a total of 60 responses from local industry.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

MDAQMD’s Highest Honor Awarded to Companies

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The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, the local air district which regulates air quality in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County & the Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County, is more than 20,000-plus square miles and structured in a manner which allows policy on air quality issues to be developed and debated by those who are most affected by it: regulated industry and the High Desert community. Thus, the MDAQMD employs a common-sense, inclusive approach to the development of its air quality management programs. The District’s mission is to attain and maintain a healthful environment while supporting strong and sustainable economic growth.

MDAQMD staff works in a pro-active manner with those impacted by regulatory mandates to find the most prudent and non-punitive course of action and to resolve conflicts to the maximum extent possible.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District-Not “Just Another Air District”

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By Christie Robinson
CRE Specialist
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

In today’s economic climate, regulatory flexibility can mean the difference between success and failure for some businesses. Historically, California’s air quality regulations have garnered a reputation as being some of the most challenging in the nation. The State of California is divided into 35 local air districts that are responsible for implementing these regulations, which apply to stationary sources of air pollution. Each district implements air quality programs required by state and federal mandates and enforces rules and regulations based on air pollution laws.

Every air district in the state must show progress in reducing air pollution to meet state and federal air quality standards in order to preserve the environment and protect the health and safety of the general public.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

High Desert Air Quality Improves Significantly over Past 12 Years According to New Report

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By Violette Roberts
Community Relations & Education Manager
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association has released its annual air quality report California’s Progress Toward Clean Air for all 35 local air districts in the state, docu­menting dramatic reductions in un­healthy levels of fine particulate pol­lution in every county reporting air quality data.

Fine particulate pollution – also known as PM2.5 – is associated with a wide range of health effects from increased hospitalizations to premature deaths. The report also shows a general trend of improving air quality for ground-level ozone – the primary component of smog – although some counties and their air district face unique challenges in reducing levels of that pollutant.

The report contains statistical infor­mation on ozone and PM2.5 air qual­ity for 2000 and 2012 for each coun­ty; statewide air quality trends and detailed descriptions of air pollution control programs at each air quality district.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District Offering Over $1.3 Million in Mobile Emission Reduction Grants

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By Violette Roberts
Community Relations & Education Manager

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is currently accepting proposals for projects that reduce smog forming-emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and equipment and other mobile sources operated within the District’s jurisdiction, which encompasses the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley.

Approximately $575,000 in AB2766 grant program funds are available to public or private entities for projects that reduce emissions from mobile sources, which account for more than 60% of air pollutant emissions gauged in the High Desert. Eligible projects include transit and parking management projects, demonstration projects in telecommuting, videoconferencing, and alternative fuel vehicles, electric/alternative fuel vehicle infrastructure development, and public education programs. The incremental cost of purchasing or leasing clean fuel/electric vehicles or repowering existing vehicles to operate on alternative fuel may also be eligible for funding in an amount not to exceed 25% of the total project cost.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

MDAQMD Board Reaffirms Support of AB 32 Suspension

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By Violette Roberts, Community Relations & Education Manager

During its February 2012 meeting, the Governing Board of the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District reaffirmed a resolution requesting a suspension or revision of AB 32 – the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – which it originally adopted and forwarded to then-Governor Schwarzenegger in 2010.

AB32 requires the California Air Resources Board to develop strict new regulations and market mechanisms to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, representing a 30% reduction statewide, with mandatory caps beginning in 2012 for significant emissions sources.

The resolution – which was brought to the local regulatory air agency’s Board by MDAQMD Board Member and City of Victorville Councilman Mike Rothschild – was accompanied by a letter from District Governing Board Chair and San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt, which outlined the MDAQMD Board’s ongoing concerns with AB32’s continued implementation.… Read the full article

Air Quality General

Air District Offers Emission-Reduction Grants Up to $1,000,000 Available in the High Desert

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By Eldon Heaston
Executive Director, MDAQMD

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is now accepting proposals for projects that reduce smog forming emissions from motor vehicles and help improve air quality in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and in Riverside County’s Palo Verde Valley.

Approximately $1,000,000 in grant monies is available to public or private entities for projects that reduce emissions from mobile sources, which account for more that 60% of air pollutant emissions gauged in the High Desert. Eligible projects include those that reduce vehicle trips or miles traveled, or encourage the use of alternative travel modes, such as public transit. Projects related to alternative fuel vehicles, parking management, telecommuting, and public education programs that do not duplicate the MDAQMD’s mobile source education efforts are additional examples of projects which may be eligible for funding.… Read the full article

Air Quality Politics

MDAQMD Urges Governor To Reconsider AB 32

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By Eldon Heaston
Executive Director, MDAQMD

The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has always strived to lead by example and takes great pride in its role as a leader among local regulatory agencies. In 2003, the MDAQMD was the first public agency in the High Desert to install its own solar electric generating system to meet almost half of the energy needs of its Victorville headquarters. In 2006, the MDAQMD became the first air district in the state to join the Climate Action Reserve and voluntarily certify its own carbon emission reductions. On February 3, 2010, the MDAQMD became the first air district in the state to write a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger and legislators, urging them to reconsider moving forward with regulations under AB32 until a careful review of the implementation impacts on California’s existing regulatory scheme and its struggling economy could be undertaken.… Read the full article

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