Presentation on theme: "Air Quality in Yakima County"— Presentation transcript:
1 Air Quality in Yakima County The Ramifications of PM2.5“Non-Attainment” StatusFY
2 Why are we here? Human Activity Issues of Health Is the major contributor to air pollutionAir pollution affects healthIssues of HealthAre the driving force behind the Federal Clean Air Act
3 Why are we here?YRCAA is the local agency charged with maintaining high standards of Air QualityGuide (communities)Educate and InformGuard (the air shed)Collect and Interpret DataDevelop and Administer Air ProgramsEnforce (the law) when necessaryInspectionsIssue warningsIssue Penalties
4 Why are we here?CAA – higher standards set in 2006 for the allowable amount of PM2.5 in the airYakima County is on the verge of exceeding the 24-hour standard.More work is needed to:Avoid “Non-Attainment” designation, orRegain “Attainment” status
5 Where We’ve Been Designated non-attainment for PM10 Developed PM10 re-attainment programTook 17 years to accomplish redesignation as attainmentDirect and indirect costs estimated at 8-10 Million DollarsWe can do it again
6 Where We Are Fighting to attain new PM2.5 standard 2008 – days of exceedance: 3 verified2009 – days of exceedance: 2 alreadyCalling winter burn bans based on air monitor data & modelingLimiting agricultural burning with allocationsReplacing uncertified wood stovesEducating the public
9 Where We’re Headed Non-Attainment – a foregone conclusion ? Consequences:Regulation 1 revisionsAttainment planning; SIP RevisionsMore enforcement staff in the field, more regularlyContract patrolsIncreased Notices of Violation and Penalty activity
10 Where We’re Headed Ongoing Public Education efforts Public forums/eventsIncludes bi-lingual outreachRegular media useAdditional literatureReprintsNew flyers, brochures, info sheets
11 Where We’re Headed Impact on Households – Indirect Possible withheld Federal Transportation fundsMore expensive pollution control equipment for industryHigher unemployment levels – crime rate effectsImpact on Households – DirectTighter solid-fuel home heating device restrictionsMove to alternative sources of heatTighter outdoor burning restrictionsMove to alternative methods of debris disposalYakima area becomes less attractive to new business/industryless income, fewer jobs, restricted growth & revenueSome loss of established businesseslost income, jobs, tax base
12 Where We’re Headed Impact on Business and Community – Indirect Move to alternative methods of debris disposalUnhappy property ownersHigher unemployment levelsCrime rate risesMore demand on public assistance, food banks, etc.
13 Where We’re Headed Impact on Business and Community – Direct Possible withheld Federal Transportation fundsTighter outdoor burning restrictionsAgricultureWeed abatementMore expensive pollution control equipment for industryLoss of established businessesIncreased cost of doing businessDecreased revenue on solid fuel devices and related salesYakima area becomes less attractive to new business/industry
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