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3 hours lecture, 0 hour(s) laboratory, 3 units

Catalog Description
Overview of air quality regulations with an emphasis on federal, state and local requirements. Integrated study of the principles of air permits and permit compliance including source testing, emission reduction, inspections, monitoring, stationary and mobile sources, air toxics, new equipment shakedown, and overall global air quality issues.

ENVT 100 or concurrent enrollment

Entrance Skills
Without the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge, students entering this course will be highly unlikely to succeed:

  1. Define and apply environmental technology terminology and acronyms
  2. Understand and analyze historical environmental laws and regulations which impact air quality regulations and their effects on the environment
  3. Understand and apply pollution prevention philosophy to air quality management
  4. Have a general understanding of global air quality from society's activities and manufacturing needs.

Course Content Regulatory

1. Regulatory History and Background

  • Clean Air Act (CAA), history and impacts
  • Rule development
  • Permitting at the local and federal level
  • Permit application and permit to operate
  • CAA Title V Permitting

2. Agencies:

  • Federal, state, and local regulations
  • Air Resource Board (ARB)
  • Air Pollution Control District (APCD)
  • Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)
  • State Implementation Plan (SIP)

3. Stationary and mobile sources
4. Modeling - general background (no mathematics)
5. Practical aspects
6. APCD inspection program
Source testing
- Reading permits & understanding requirements
- New equipment shakedown
- Not meeting permit requirements
- Notice of Violation (NOV) resolution
- Emission trading
- Off-sets
- Emission reduction
- Non-compliance
- Inspection
- Variances
- Monitoring, Sampling & source testing
- Emissions inventory
7. Control devices
Control Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS)
- Other technologies
8. Air Toxic
9. Prop 65, Employee Notification and Labeling Requirements
10. AB 2588, Air Toxic Hot Spots Program
11. Risk Management/Risk Assessment
12. Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
13. Ozone non-attainment
14. Particle Matter PM10 and PM2.5 standards
15. New Source Performance Standards (NSPS)
16. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
17. National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)
19. New Source Review Standards (NSR)
20. Global warming
21. Greenhouse gases and global effects

Course Objectives
Students will be able to:
1. Summarize and identify historical trend of the development of air pollutants ( ME a,b )
2. Distinguish and assess the characteristics of air pollutants ( ME a,b,c )
3. Interpret federal, state, and local regulations governing air pollution ( ME a,b )
4. Recognize agencies requirements pertaining to air quality compliance (ME a)
5. Identify and compare components of air management programs ( ME a,b,c )
6. Analyze the criteria for the implementation of air permitting process ( ME a,c )
7. Recognize global impacts due to local air issues ( ME a,b,d )
8. Distinguish appropriate terms commonly found in air regulations and permits ( ME a,b ).

Method of Evaluation
A grading system will be established by the instructor and implemented uniformly. Grades will be based on demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter determined by multiple measurements for evaluation, one of which must be exams, research paper presentation, group project, and class participation.
1. Quizzes and exams that measure student's knowledge and understanding of the regulatory process of federal and local permitting ( CO1,2,5,6,8 )
2. Written student assessment through the use of a research paper and presentation to analyze, interpret and draw conclusions of a selected current air quality issue ( CO 1,2,3,5,7,8 )
3. Demonstration of the student's understanding of the requirements of local permit by a group project, in which students are required to analyze, interpret, and evaluate permit requirements ( CO 2,5,6 )
4. Air Program Management solving exercises that model real work application of classroom and handout materials (CO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 )

Special Materials Required of Student
Course textbook, 3-ring binder, writing utensils, a desire to learn, and class participation

Method of Instruction
1.Integrated class room lecture, discussion and demonstration
2. Small and large group discussion
3. In-class activities and independent homework/research projects
4. Field trips designed to link course materials to real world application
5. Instructional slides, audio/video/computer presentations
6. Auxiliary use of study groups, peer tutoring and/or instructional office hours

Texts and References
1. EPA/CAA, APCD, CARB, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), California Code of Regulations (CCR), Health and Safety Code (HSC), NSPS, NAAQS, NESHAP and NSR guidelines and regulations pertaining to Air Program Management.
2. Supplemental:
- As assigned by instructor
- Local APCD materials and permit application

Exit Skills
Students having successfully completed this course exit with the following skills, competencies and/or knowledge:

  • Historical affect and regulatory corrective measures of managing air pollutants
  • Laws and regulations relating air pollution management
  • Understand the relationship of federal and local air pollution agency's authority pertaining to air management programs
  • Understand the various components of an affective air management program
  • Analysis and interpretation of operating permit requirements
  • Distinguish the differences between a permit-to-construct and a permit-to-operate

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