Machining, Grinding, and Sanding Equipment/Booths
Machining, grinding and sanding equipment emit air contaminants including particulate matter and toxic air contaminants. This equipment requires a permit from the District unless it is exempt according to District Rule 11.
The most common type of machining, grinding and sanding equipment permitted by the District includes processing of fiberglass or other material that contains toxic air contaminants. Often this is conducted within a booth or room and emissions are controlled by venting air with entrained particulate through a filter or other dust collection device.
The information on this page will assist in the completion and submittal of an application for each machining, grinding, or sanding booth/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.
-Plot Plan including stack and/or other release point location(s) and nearby building dimensions
-Equipment brochures/process flow diagram
-Bag-house/filter specifications and control efficiency (if applicable)
-BACT analysis (if applicable)
-MSDS or other information indicating toxic material content of material being ground
The general and equipment specific application forms along with
required attachments must be submitted with each application
The correct fee, as shown in the table(s) below, must be submitted with your application in order for it to be accepted. Please note that the fees listed in these tables 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.
If you are unsure of the correct fee contact the District (see bottom of page) to obtain an application fee estimate to confirm the fees required 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 (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express).
If you choose to email or fax your application and intend on paying with a credit card, you must provide contact information (name and phone number) so that the District can complete payment.
Please note that credit card payments are assessed a transaction fee of 2.2% that is charged by the credit card provider.
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. Please note that the 10 pounds per day threshold is based on
emissions for the entire process line.
The District has a
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
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
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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Select equipment type applications can now be submitted using our
permit application system named Citizen Access.
Sign up today to get connected to your applications and permits.
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 longer.
Common reasons that concrete batch plant applications may take longer
than 60 days to evaluate include: if they require a mandatory public
notice period due to being installed within 1000 feet of a school, the
emissions do not initial pass a health risk assessment (HRA), or if
sufficient supporting information such as MSDS or filter efficiencies
are not included with the application.
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.
These rules do not typically apply to this equipment with some
exceptions for operations associated with processes such as aerospace
or marine coating that are subject to a federal NESHAP that applies to
the entire process line.
There are no equipment specific rules for machining, grinding or sanding equipment. A complete listing of the District's rules can be found here.
The District has not prepared default emission calculation procedures for machining, grinding and sanding equipment. Emissions are typically calculated based on a material balance on the amount of material being processed. 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.