This webpage provides important information about the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District's
Air Toxics Program.
Air Toxics is a generic term referring to a harmful chemical or group of chemicals in the air. Substances that are especially harmful to health, such as those considered under U.S. EPA's hazardous air pollutant program or California's AB 1807and/or AB 2588 air toxics programs, are considered to be air toxics.
Technically, any compound that is in the air and has the potential to produce adverse health effects is an air toxic.
California has always been a leader in protecting the environment and the health and
welfare of its citizens. Many people in California are concerned about the health risks of
toxic air pollutants. In response to this concern, the California State Legislature passed
The Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Information and Assessment Act of 1987, and amended
the Act in 1992. There are four main purposes of this legislation:
- To identify the amount of toxic substances emitted into the air by specific businesses;
- To estimate potential adverse health effects for members of the public exposed to these
toxic air pollutants;
- To inform the public of these toxic air emissions and the associated health impacts; and
- To protect the public health by reducing toxic air emissions from businesses.
The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) is required to oversee
implementation of this legislation. Through the Air Toxics "Hot Spots" Program,
affected businesses, with assistance from the APCD, determine air toxic emissions.
Businesses which release considerable amounts of toxic air pollutants are required to
estimate public health risks associated with these emissions by performing a risk
assessment. The APCD then oversees public notification and risk reduction programs
required for businesses that pose a significant risk.
Air Toxics Information
Air Toxics Calculations
Air Toxics Forms
- Health Risk Assessment Application
-15. MS Word version is
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- SBCAPCD Modeling Guidelines for Health Risk Assessments
-15i. MS Word version is
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- AB 2588 Quadrennial Update
- SBCAPCD Quadrennial Update Summary Addendum Air Toxics
- California Air Resources Board
"Hot Spots" Stationary Diesel Engine Screening Risk Assessment Tables.
Screening risk assessment tables to estimate overall facility risk from
diesel engine exhaust particulate matter from stationary diesel engines.
- US EPA: Hazardous
Air Pollutants/Unified Air Toxics WebSite. Basic facts, pollutants and
sources, technical resources.
US EPA: Unified Air Toxics WebSite Health Effects Notebook for Hazardous Air Pollutants.
Fact sheets and additional information on effects on human health of
substances that are defined as hazardous by the 1990 amendments of the
Clean Air Act.
US EPA: Air Pollution
and Health Risk. Brochure on understanding risks from air pollution.
US EPA: Risk
Assessment for Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide. Brochure on
understanding health risk assessments.
US EPA: Evaluating
Exposures to Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide. Additional
information on exposure to air toxic pollutants and understanding risk
Ohio EPA: Understanding Risk Assessments. Additional information on
understanding risk assessments.
Air Resources Board Air Toxics Program.
General Information on state's air toxics program.
- California Air Resources
Board Air Toxics Program Current Activities. Newly identified
pollutants, control measures and other current activities.
California Air Resources Board Consolidated Table of OEHHA/ARB Approved
Risk Assessment Values. Look-up table of all cancer potency values
and noncancer acute, 8-hour, and chronic Reference Exposure Levels
(RELs) that are available for use in the AB 2588 Air Toxics "Hot Spots"
- Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. OEHHA is responsible for conducting health risk assessments of chemical contaminants in air
and developing risk assessment guidance.
OEHHA's Guide to
Health Risk Assessments. This document provides a basic explanation of risk
assessment for laypeople involved in environmental health issues, including
policymakers, businesspeople, members of community groups, news reporters, and
others with an interest in the potential health effects of toxic chemicals.
Fee Table and Flow Chart. Use this link to determine a
facility's state fee. Annual state fees are based on risk
and size of the facility. "Hot Spots" fee categories,
complexities, fee amounts, and description of each risk category are
shown on this link.
California Air Toxic
Emission Factors (CATEF) Search. Use ARB's database to search for air toxic
Health Hazards for
Airborne Latex Particles. Provides latex allergy information.
National Library of Medicine Toxicology Tutorials. This site
provides access to Toxicology Tutorials designed to give users a working
knowledge of basic toxicology principles.
Multi-Module Toxicology Tutorial. ToxLearn is a multi-module
learning tool providing an introduction to fundamental toxicology
principles and concepts. This site is an update to and expansion
of the National Library of Medicine Toxicology Tutors.
North Santa Barbara County Crystalline Silica Study. Results
of a 1993 risk study for crystalline silica emissions in North Santa
California Air Resources Board Pilot Monitoring Study of Crystalline
Silica in Ambient Air in Lompoc, CA. Report on a 2001 pilot
study conducted by the ARB on ambient air monitoring for crystalline
silica in Lompoc.
For downloading instructions, see How
to View and Download Documents.
For more information or assistance, call or email
Harris at (805) 961-8824 (Air Toxics Section).
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