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On the Air is a quarterly newsletter published by the Community Programs Section of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. For a copy of a particular issue of the newsletter, or to be added to our print subscription list, contact Liz Zavala at 961-8857 or

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Business Focus is a 2 page insert in the newsletter especially for our local business customers. To view the business focus section, download the issue you want and go to pages 5 and 6.

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Files from January/February 1996 to September/October 1998 are available in html format to view on this site.

Newsletters from 1990 to 1995 are available in print only. See On the Air - Archived.


Summer-Fall 2013

2013 Air Quality in Santa Barbara County
Learn Before You Burn
Open Streets
Santa Barbara Car Free, Earth Day, CycleMAYnia
Business Focus

Air Emissions Testing at Facilities
Eric Kett Receives Award
Jon Mundt Retires
Spring 2013

Particle Pollution and Heart Impacts
Ron Tan Retires
Learning about Air Pollution
Seeing Isn't Always Breathing
Business Focus

District's Compliance Division
Delay of NOx Standards for Ships
Fall 2012 - Winter 2013

Teachers Help Students Care for our Earth
Reducing Emissions from Ships
Janice Kettler Retires
Janice Robinson Retires
Earth Day Festival
Business Focus

Green Business Certification for the District
Meet an Inspector: Matt Niro
Summer 2012

Reducing Pollution from Marine Shipping
Don Ward's Life in Air
Teacher Grants Program Back for 2012
Business Focus

Cleaner School Buses at Lompoc Unified
Meet an Inspector: Mike McKay
Spring 2012

Teacher Riccardo Magni
Winds, Weather, Wildfire Season
Earth Day and CycleMAYnia
Business Focus

County Unveils Solar Array
Meet an Inspector: Glenn Gazdecki
Fees Change July 1
New NOx Emissions Limit for Water Heaters
Winter 2012

Maersk Meeting with District
High Winds and Air Quality
Linda Alexander, Jim Swihart Retire
Tips for Greener Living
Charging Up on the Central Coast!
Business Focus

Green Businesses Thrive
Meet an Inspector: Jon Mundt
Don Kendig Takes Position in Ventura
Fall 2011

Old Car Buy Back Program Returns
Federal Ozone Standard Update
Clean Vehicle Rebates
Carbon Monoxide Dangers Indoors
Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning
Business Focus

New Tractor Saves Money, Cuts Pollution
Coast Guard Study of Shipping Lanes
Transportation Plan - Sustainable Communities

Summer 2011

Van Mullem New District Director
Shipping Pollution: Speed Reduction
NASA Technology and Wildfire Hot Spots
New on the Web
Business Focus

Terravant Pioneers Pollution Controls
Spring 2011

Hot Weather in May and Air Quality
Terry Dressler Retires
Smog and Fire Season Tips
Earth Day and Bike Challenge
Business Focus

New CalEEMod Tool
Charging Santa Barbara County
Improving Mileage
Cuyama School Bus
Winter 2011

Care for our Earth Teacher Grants
New Faces at the District
Earth Day and Green Shorts
Business Focus

Green Businesses Reap Benefits
Electric Vehicles Workshop
CEQA Threshold for Greenhouse Gases
Off-Road Equipment Replacement
Fall 2010

Driving into the Future
Visiting Group from Hangzhou
Sister Janet Corcoran
Green Business Program
New Faces and Transitions
Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning
Business Focus

Planning for Clean Air
Rules Roundup
Summer 2010

40 Years Working for Clean Air
40-Year Timeline
Tom Murphy Retires
Teacher Grants
Business Focus

Favorable State Audit of Moyer Program
New Division Manager
New Face at the Front Desk
Fred White Retires
Spring 2010

Milestone in Cutting Shipping Emissions
National Clean Air Award-Santa Barbara Car Free
Transitions at the District
Earth Day Grand Prize Winner
Business Focus

Old Car Buy Back Now Pays $1,000 per Vehicle
Leaf Blowers
Driving and Car Care Tips
Winter 2010

Care for our Earth Teacher Grants
Bobbie Bratz Retires
Earth Day 2010

Business Focus

Cutting Pollution from School Buses
Mike Broughton Leaves for Colorado
Rules Update
Fall 2009

News on Air Pollution and Health
Learning about Air Pollution and Green Buildings
Safer, Cleaner Fireplace Burning
Green Business Program Update
Business Focus

Smog Emissions from County Vehicles Drop
The Truck Stops Here
Air Cleaner Update
CAPCOA Climate Change Forum
Summer 2009

Progress and Challenges in Cutting Ship Emissions
Ozone Standards Exceeded in August
New Faces at the District
Schools Save Energy, Cut Traffic and Pollution
Business Focus

Planning for Clean Air
Cash for Cleaner Engines
Cleaner School Buses
Fire Season
Spring 2009

Ash, Particle Pollution, and Our Health
Air Quality Advisories
Car Free Winner at Earth Day
Vijaya Jammalamadaka Retires
Leadership Santa Barbara County
Driving Cleaner
Business Focus

Old Car Buy Back Program
Climate Change Impacts on CA
Commuter Challenge
Revising Solvent Cleaning Rules
Winter 2009

Tips for Green Living
Teaching about our Air
Earth Day 2009
Business Focus

Greening Businesses
Changing Community Design
Fall 2008

Air Quality and the Tea Fire
The Economics of Global Warming Solutions
Harmful Air Cleaners - New Rule
Future is Green Conference
Cleaner Fireplace Burning
Business Focus

Old Car Buy Back Program
Lower-Emission School Buses
Gas Stations Rules
State Developing Refrigerant Rule
Top Vehicles for Fuel Economy
Summer 2008

Taking a Vacation from the Gas Pump
Gap and Basin Fires Affect County's Air
New Division Manager
New Faces at the District
CEQA and Climate Change

Business Focus

MarBorg Welcomes New CNG Truck
Draft Scoping Plan for Climate Change Bill
New Green Business Program
Permit Updates

Spring 2008

Summer is Smog Season and Fire Season
New Reports on Health Effects of Pollution
Farewell to Peter Cantle
Energy Challenges, Community Solutions


Business Focus

Testing Fuels and Vehicles
Revisions on Engine Rules
New Scorecard for CA Vehicles

Winter 2008

High Winds and Poor Air Quality
Smoke, Ash, and Dust Events
Creating a Healthy Community
Two New APCD Engineers
Communicating about Air
Ride Free on MTD on Earth Day

Business Focus

Cleaning Up School Bus Exhaust
APCD Sues EPA - Large Ship Engines Rules
Rules Roundup
Grants for Local Businesses

Fall 2007

New State Air Chair Leads with Experience
Ash and Smoke in County's Air
2007 Green Award Winners
Staff Transitions
Vehicle Technologies at AltCar Expo

Business Focus

Reducing Pollution from Marine Shipping
Farm Engines Must Now Be Registered
Funds for Cleaner Engines

Summer 2007

Living Near Freeways Harms Children's Lungs
Wildfire Smoke
Air Quality Milestone
Old Car Buy Back
Our Air, Our Earth

Business Focus

APCD Board Adopts Farm Engine Registration
New State Rule for Construction Equipment
APCD Specialists Present Paper
New APCD Boiler Rule
Auto Body Rule Workshops

Spring 2007

Smog Seasons Starts Early
How to Cut Gas Costs this Summer
Fire Season Ends Late, Starts Early
Earth Day 2007
Global Warming Science Fair
Remembering Vijay Pawar
Learning About Our Air

Business Focus

Legislation to Cut Pollution from Ships
APCD Staff Retirements
New Rules for Farm Engines
New Rules and Tools for Auto Body Shops
Grants for Local Businesses
Business Assistance Program

Winter 2007

Planning for Clean Air
Air Pollution Education Programs
Regulating Pollution from Ships
Watch Your Smoke
Bike Race
Ride Free on MTD on Earth Day

Business Focus

Diesel Pollution Solutions
New State Regs for Farms
Funds to Replace Older Farm Equipment

Fall 2006

California's Global Warming Solutions
AB 32 Timeline
Wildfire Smoke
Top Ten 07 Vehicles for Fuel Economy
Wheel of Change: Our Air, Our Earth

Business Focus

2006 Green Award Winners
Particle Pollution
Backup Diesel Generators

Summer 2006

Summer is Smog Season
Wildfire Smoke
Old Car Buy Back
Air Pollution Research
June Bike Challenge
Car Free Earth Day
Don't Top Off

Business Focus

Transportation Fuels and Technologies
Terms and Tradeoffs

Spring 2006

New State Air Board Chair
Air Facts
Students Convert Car to Veggie Oil
State Updates Report on Air Purifiers
APCD Launches Old Car Buy Back

Business Focus

Guadalupe's New School Buses
Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel is Coming
Preventing Pollution at Auto Body Shops
Green Award Nominations


Winter 2006

Waste Conversion and Air Pollution
R2P2 Returns to Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
Santa Barbara County Bicycling

Business Focus

Recycling Construction Waste
Green Award Nominations
Green Gardener Training
New Cuyama School Bus


Fall 2005

Guide to a Clean-Air Ride
Climate Change: New Findings
Annual Reports Due
Save Money and Fuel
New Engineer
Carbon Monoxide Winter Threat
Cleaner Fireplace Burning


Business Focus

Celebrating Green Business Leaders
Marian Medical Center Honored
Portable Engines


Summer 2005

Energy and Our Air - Alternatives, Tradeoffs
Casa Nueva Building Recognized
New on the Web
Climate Change and California
What One Person Can Do
Summer Camp Presentations
Fuel Economy

Business Focus

Reducing Emissions of Gasoline Vapors
MTD 10 Millionth Passenger
Pollution Prevention Week
Air Pollution and Development Projects
Grants for Local Businesses
Amtrak Wins Award for Rail 2 Rail
Don't Top Off

Spring 2005

State Adopts New Air Standard
Teachers Honored for Environmental Education
Clean Air Month
APCD Receives Air Monitoring Award

Business Focus

Cleaner Diesel Fuel is Coming
Agricultural Permits Update
Grants for Local Businesses
New on the Web
Winter 2005

New APCD Programs to Fund Cleaner Engines
Indoor Smog: Air Purifiers Alert
New on the Web
New State Anti-Idling Rule
2004 Clean Air Plan

Business Focus

Agricultural Permitting Program Enters New Phase
Controlling Pollution from Stationary Diesel Engines
Grants for Local Businesses
Business Assistance Program

Fall 2004

2004: A Clean-Air Year
Clean-Air Cars
Reducing Particle Emissions
Don't Top Off!


Business Focus

Green Awards
Funding for Diesel Engines
Agricultural Permits


Summer 2004

Air Pollution and Health:
--Air Pollution and Children
--Air Pollution and Heart Conditions
Proposed State Ozone Standard
APCD Organizational Updates
Fine Particles, Smoke, and Our Health
Flex Your Power at the Pump

Business Focus

Agriculture, Air Pollution and Permits
Clean Air Plan Update
Helping Medical Facilities Prevent Pollution
September is for Pollution Prevention

Spring 2004

Working Together for Clean Air
APCD's New Director
County Meets Newer Ozone Standard
Calendar Contest
Don't Top Off Your Tank!
Car Free Winners

Business Focus

Green Building Strategies
Green Awards
Powering Business with the Sun

Winter 2003-2004

Our Air in 2003
Kathy Patton Retires
Cleaner Fireplace Burning
The 2 Millionth Passenger
2004 Kids Calendars
APCD's Santa Maria Office

Business Focus

Solar Power
Green Award Businesses

Fall 2003

The Next Chapter Begins
Our Cars: Can't Live With 'Em... Can't Live Without 'Em
The Fine Particles in Our Air
Safe Routes to School

Business Focus

Reducing Air Pollution from Ships
SCAQMD Suspends Funds for Dry Cleaners Switching to GreenEarth?/font> Process

March/June 2003

Clean-Air Choices
Outside the Box
A Clean-Air Car Primer
Air Pollution and Health

Business Focus

Hydrogen: Fuel of the Future?
APCD and Boeing Announce Agreement

January/February 2003

Another Good Year for Our Air
California, Cars, and Climate Change
Car Free in 2003
Completely Car Free
Save Planet Polluto!

Business Focus

Asbestos: What You Should Know
First Fuel Cell Cars Leased in California
Annual Reports Due March 1
Attn: Auto Maint. and Repair Shops

November/December 2002

Building Strong Communities
Outside the Box
2003 Kids Care for Clean Air Calendar
New Year's Clean Air Ideas

Business Focus

Building Strong Communities (cont)
Gilliland Honored

September/October 2002

Tomorrow's Fuel Cell Technology
Attaining Ozone Standard
Blochman's New Propane Schoolbus
MTD and Santa Barbara: Million Mile Club

Business Focus

2002 Green Award Winners
Building Stronger Communities

July/August 2002

Building Stronger Communities
Fuel Cell Vehicles Road Rally
How  Kids Get to School
Pollution Prevention Week
R2p2 Visits Borders
County Commute Patterns
Incentives for Greener Cars

Business Focus

Marine Shipping Emissions Update
An Electric Miata
Compliance Advisories
P2 West Conference

March/June 2002

Summer Brings Smog-and Energy Use
State's Environmental Education Plan
Earth Day
Take a Vacation from Your Car

Business Focus

Cleaner Outboards
Letter to Permit Holders
Laser Touch

January/February 2002

Reducing Marine Shipping Emissions
Strategies for Clean Air/Less Traffic
New/Revised APCD Rules in 2001
Earth Day

Business Focus

Teixeira Farms and Cleaner Engines
New Solar Company to Target Agriculture

November/December 2001

Clean Air Technologies
No Federal Ozone Exceedance
Children and Air Pollution
Cruising the Clean Air AVE
Clean Air Holiday Tips

Business Focus

New Program for Auto Repair Shops
Countywide Conference on Growth
Submit Data Online
Funds for Environmental Technologies
Clean Air Holiday Tips

September/October 2001

Pollution Prevention Partnerships
Make a Green Difference
Saving Energy
Pollution Prevention Week at the Pump

Business Focus

Green Award an Inspiration
How to Get a Green Award

July/August 2001

Planning a Clean-Air Future
Channel Shipping Emissions to Increase
Kids Care for Clean Air 
Recent Ozone Exceedances
Crosstown Shuttle

Business Focus

Federal Part 70 Process
Fuel Cells


March/June 2001

Smog Season is Here 
Clean Air Month, Earth Day, and APCD?s New Kiosk 
The Air We Breathe
Energy Conservation  

Business Focus

Clean-Air Vehicles
Diesel Generators
Dry Cleaners 
Car-free and Carefree 

January/February 2001

Challenges Ahead: Energy, Diesel, and Growth
Cruising the Clean Air Avenue

Business Focus

Green Gardening
Asbestos: The Basics
Tips for Saving Energy
Emergency Ride Home Program

November/December 2000

Going the Extra Clean Mile:  Clean-Air Vehicles and the People Who Drive Them
Learning about Clean-Air Vehicles
Saving Energy
New Toxics Web Pages

Business Focus

Funding for Alternate-Fuel Vehicles
Going the Extra Clean Mile
Annual Reports Due March 21st
Adhesives and Sealants Workshop

September/October 2000

Fire in Peat Bog
What is Peat?
Thirty Years of Air Quality Improvements
Board Roundup
APCD Funds Bike Racks on Buses

Business Focus

2000 Green Award Winners


July/August 2000

USEPA Approves Clean Air Plan
New video: The Air We Breathe
APCD Budget
Celebrate National Pollution Prevention Week Sept 18-24
Board Roundup
Permit & Compliance Summary
Help with Permits:

Business Focus

Environmental Crossroads
California and Climate Change
Pay Fees, Avoid Penalties

March/June 2000

Celebrating Clean Air Month and Earth Day 2000   
Smog Season is Here   
Earth Day 2000   
Board Roundup   
Permit & Compliance Summary   
Board Calendar

Business Focus

Preventing Pollution  
Pollution Prevention Tips for Business Owners   
Green Award Nominations

January/February 2000

Clean Air Miles and New Riders: Santa Barbara MTD  
Toxic Air Pollution and Diesel   
Board Roundup    
Permit & Compliance Summary    
Earth Day 2000 is Coming  
Board Calendar  

Business Focus

Annual Reports due March 1st    
Investec Wins State Award    
Kilovac First to Get ISO 140001 Certification  

November/December 1999

County on Track to Meet Federal Smog Standard
Lulejian Honored for Pollution Cases
Board Roundup
Permit & Compliance Summary
Holiday Clean Air Tips

Business Focus

How We're Doing
Dry Cleaning Pollution Solutions
Breaking New Ground in Dry Cleaning


September/October 1999

Preventing Pollution: What We Can Do
Clean Technologies for Clean Air
Pollution Prevention Team Tips
Board Roundup
Don't Top Off
Clean Technologies Reducing Pollution
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus 

Green Award, continued


July/August 1999

California's Air Pollution Future: Interview with Alan C. Lloyd, Ph.D., Chair, California Air Resources Board
Egyptian Visit

Business Focus

Attention: Dry Cleaners
Resources for Businesses
Celebrate Pollution Prevention Week in September
Green Awards

May/June 1999

Court Deals Blow to EPA Standards
New Gas Chromatograph
Transportation Projects
Rules Update
Car Buyback Program
APCD Board Roundup
Permit & Compliance Summary
On the Net

Business Focus

Recent Venoco Events
Clean Air Month Events

March/April 1999

Celebrating Clean Air Month May 1999
APCD Wins Earth Day Award
Air Pollution Harms Kids' Lungs
Board Roundup
Clean Air Month and Clean Air Week
Permit & Compliance Summary
On the Net

Business Focus

Biking to Work- and to Everything Else
Yardi Systems Bike to Work Club
Cutting Air Pollution - by the Ton
Bike to Work Day: Tuesday, May 18

January/February 1999

More People, More Cars, More Pollution
Resources for Sustainable Planning
APCD Board Roundup
On the Net
Permit & Compliance Summary


Business Focus

Businesses Honored
Billion Dollar Settlement with Diesel Engine Manufacturers
Reminder for APCD Permit Holders
Making Diesel Engines Cleaner
EV Incentive Extended
The Year 2000 Problem: Help for Businesses

November/December 1998

Planning for Clean Air
APCD's Administrative Support Network
APCD Board Roundup
Clean Air Holiday Tips
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Green Policies Good for Business, says Kilovac
Driving His Product

September/October 1998

The Price of Good Health
Green Awards
APCD's 1998 Clean Air Plan
What One Person Can Do
Air Data Online
APCD Board Roundup
Air Quality Ballot Initiative
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Green Award Winners

July/August 1998

Take a Vacation from your Car
Meet APCD's Technology and Environmental Assessment Division
APCD Budget Adopted
Smoking Out Smoking Vehicles
Summer Ozone Season Begins
APCD Board Roundup
EV1 arrives at APCD
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Thinking BIG About Recycling
Marketing Pollution Reduction
Resources for Businesses

May/June 1998

High Ozone Levels Recorded in April
Consultant Admits Wrongdoing-Lawsuit Settled
Meet APCD's Major Source Division
APCD Board Roundup
Earth Day

Business Focus

Spotlight on Diesel Exhaust
APCD's Booster Pump Program
Turbodyne Update
Choosing "Green" Power

March/April 1998

Paving Paradise to Put Up a Parking Lot
...Looking Back
Board Roundup
May is Clean Air Month
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Green Award Enhances Business Image
Past Green Award Winners
Bike to Work Day

January/February 1998

Revising Rule 210: Finding the Balance Point
Meet APCD's General Source Division
Rules Planned for 1998
Attention APCD Permit Holders
Board Roundup
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

The "Green" in Green Business
Business Updates

November/December 1997

It's a Wrap: APCD Reviews 1997
Looking Back...1997
Working Together Is Like A Breath of Fresh Air
1998 Community Advisory Council (CAC) Meetings and Plan Adoption Schedule
Update on Rules
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Emission Reductions "Stem" From APCD Grant to Nursery
New Requirements for Portable Equipment
Vandenberg Emission Reduction Project Gets "John Hancock"

September/October 1997 not avail. online

EPA Proposes Change to Air Quality Status
Community Contributes to APCD Strategic Plan
Electric Vehicles: Saving $ Makes Sense
May I Help You?
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Local Businesses Receive Green Awards for 1997
P2 Rules!


July/August 1997 not available online

Federal Air Quality Standards Revised
APCD Budget Adopted
Buying a New Car?
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Consider Your Copy Machine
Auto Parts Cleaning Report Available
Put an Office P2 Program to Work
Pollution Prevention Week 1997
IRTA on the Web 

May/June 1997

APCD Budget Reflects Declining Revenue
New Source Review Rule Adopted
APCD Building Agricultural Partnerships
Ozone Study
1997 Green Award
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Joslyn Hopeful About New Cleaning Process
On-Line Business Resources
50 Years of Progress Toward Clean Air
Pollution Prevention Roundtable Hotline


March/April 1997

Board Orders Riviera Monitoring
Clean Air Events
Motor Vehicle Project Funding Appoved
Roadside Emission Study
1997 Green Award
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Celite Benefits from APCD?s Boiler Initiative
Chromium Standard for Metal Finishers
Pollution Prevention ABC?s


January/February 1997

EPA Proposes New Clean Air Standards
1996 Report to the Community
Customer Service
Old Car Buy-Back
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Engineering and Permit Services Now on the Web
Business Assistance Year in Review
Revisions to Regulations II and VIII
California Integrated Waste Management Board Web Site

November/December 1996

APCD's Partnerships, P2 Activities Recognized
APCD Withdraws Attainment Demonstration
Smog Check II
Holiday Shopping
Aftermarket Car Parts
Bike to Work Design Contest
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Viscarra's Furniture Switches to Water Rinse
Vendors Demonstrate Wood Coatings
Support for Manufacturers
... and Automotive Service and Repair


September/October 1996

1996 Green Award
Pollution Prevention Week
DMV Funding Available
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Sonatech Switches to Aqueous Cleaning
Upcoming Workshops
Regulatory Costs and Frustration

July/August 1996

Mid-Year Air Quality Report
How Much Data Do You Want?
APCD Budget Approved
Clean Air Cars
Electric Incentive

Business Focus

UCSB Retrofits Dorm Boilers
New Definition for Reactive Organic Compounds
Pollution Prevention at Your Workplace
Business Assistance Line
Q & A: Restaurants

May/June 1996

Art-Craft Helped by APCD and IRTA
Summer Smog Season Gets and Early Start
Air Monitoring Network Operating More Efficiently
Biking Made Easier
New Channel Islands Air Monitor
1996 Green Award
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

Pollution Prevention Program
1995 Annual Reports
Air Toxics 1995 Annual Report
Industry Updates
$ Fees $

March/April 1996

APCD Receives Presidential Award
Web Pages Revised
Permit Process Improvements
EPA Moves to Approve CA Plans
Roadside Testing of Vehicle Emissions
Bike to Work Day 1996
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

APCD Inspectors
Business Attraction and Retention Team
Dry Cleaner Update
The California Capital Access Program
Pollution Prevention EPA Sector Notebooks


January/February 1996

Indoor Air Pollution
New Gasoline Tested at Lake Cachuma
Newsletter Survey
Smog Check - Economic Hardship Extension Adopted
Smoking Vehicles
Permit & Compliance Summary

Business Focus

New Hearing Board Members Appointed
Tell Us What You Think
Switching to PERC?
Title V Update
Pollution Prevention Documents Available

For an index of earlier issues of On the Air (from 1990 through 1995) See On the Air - Archived.


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