DPF Cleaning Processes and Equipment
Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) Cleaning processes emit air contaminants including oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, oxides of sulfur, particulate matter and toxic air contaminants and require a permit to operate.
DPF cleaning processes typically include a device using compressed or pulsed air to blow entrapped ash out of the filter and into a collection bin. This portion of the process emits particulate matter and emissions are controlled by integral filters or an external dust collector. The process may also include a thermal cleaner or oven that bakes the filter to remove any soot or other organic material that cannot be removed using the air cleaning process.
The information on this page will assist in the completion and submittal of an application for each DPF cleaning process. Each section of the page contains important information needed to submit an application.
Application forms tell us about your operation and allow us to permit
your process. Accurate and complete information decreases processing
time and helps avoid additional charges for unnecessary revisions.
Please carefully review and complete the following forms. Also listed
below are required attachments that need to be submitted with the
application. You may contact the District with any questions.
-Specifications/owner's manual for each piece of equipment
-Process flow diagram including any control equipment such as filters
-Plot plan of your facility showing location of the equipment including any exhaust stack(s)
-Maximum number of DPFs to be cleaned per day and per year
-Manufacturer literature specifying control efficiency of the any filters you are using (provide the test details including test method, particle distribution and control efficiency for different particle sizes in order to receive the control efficiency)
The general and equipment specific application forms along with
required attachments must be submitted with each application
The correct fee must be submitted with your application in order for it to be accepted. For this type of equipment, fees are determined based on the time and materials required to conduct the review, so a fee estimate must be obtained from the District prior to submittal. Please note that application fees are estimated and the final fee may be more or less than this amount based on time and materials spent processing the application. The District maintains work records for this purpose.
Before submitting an application, contact the District (see bottom of page) to obtain an application fee estimate for application submittal. Please note that an additional fee may also apply depending on the method of payment. A breakdown of how the application fee(s) are determined can be seen here. Additional information can be found in District Rule 40.
These fees may be paid by check payable to "Air Pollution Control District" or by Credit card (Discover or American Express).
If you choose to email or fax your application and intend on paying with a Discover or American Express Card, you must provide contact information (name and phone number) so that the District can complete payment.
Please note that an additional fee may also apply depending on the method of payment.
If a piece of equipment or a process emits more than 10 pounds per day of particulate matter (PM10), oxides of nitrogen (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOC) or oxides of sulfur (SOx), the application must include a best available control technology (BACT) analysis. The District has a BACT guide to assist with the analysis. If you have questions or need assistance reference the contact information at the bottom of this page. Please review District Rules 20.1 and 20.2.
District Rule 1200 applies to any new, relocated, or modified emission unit which may increase emissions of one or more toxic air contaminant(s). The proposed project must comply with Rule 1200. Proposed equipment may require toxics best available control technology (TBACT) depending on the project. Please review District Rule 1200 for further details.
District rules address how information that is submitted to the District is managed. District Regulation IX contains District rules 176 and 177. Please refer directly to these rules when submitting trade secret information. However, be aware that you will need to submit:
1. A letter disclosing the proprietary information. This can be submitted electronically.
2. A letter for the public record explaining why the information needs to be held as trade secret.
The inclusion of proprietary information can significantly delay permit applications. In an effort to expedite the permit application process it is recommended that you contact the manufacturer or vendor of any proprietary materials that are used in the process and prepare the required letters as part of your application submittal.
In 1989, the California state legislature passed a law, AB 3205, designed to protect schoolchildren from hazardous air contaminants. The law, as currently written, requires the District to notify parents of schoolchildren, neighboring businesses and residents of all new or modified equipment that emits any hazardous air contaminant into the air which will be installed within 1,000 feet of a school site. The law also requires the District to consider any comments before authorizing construction. Please review your proposed location. If a school property boundary is located within 1,000 feet of the proposed emissions point, the AB3205 process will be initiated. This process requires a 30 day public comment period and the overall process will delay projects by at least six weeks.
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The District will act on
complete applications as soon as possible but at most
within 180 days. The engineer assigned to your application will review
it and contact you within 30 days of receipt to confirm that it is
complete or request additional information. Typically permits are
issued in about 60 days. More complex processes will take
Ensuring your application is complete is the best way to reduce processing time. Complete emissions data is the most important factor in minimizing application processing time and iterative information requests. If you have any questions about what information is required, please contact the District using the information at the bottom of this page. Learn more about the rules that govern application processing time.
Sign up for Citizen Access to get up to date information on the status of your application.
Learn more about the application process and what to expect.
There are no equipment specific rules for DPF cleaning processes. A complete listing of the District's rules can be found here.
The District has not prepared default emission calculation procedures for DPF cleaning. To obtain assistance identifying a procedure or emission factors for calculating emissions, contact the District.
If available, manufacturer provided equipment specific emission
data or source test results should be utilized before using default
emission factors. Sources of all emission data used must be included
as attachments to the application.
AP-42 - An alternative compilation of emission factors and calculation procedures prepared by the EPA that may be utilized by the District in some situations for some equipment types.