DATE: June 23, 2004
TO: San Diego County Air Pollution Control Board
SUBJECT: RELOCATION OF THE AIR MONITORING STATION LOCATED AT 330 12TH AVENUE
The Air Pollution Control District must relocate its air monitoring station currently located at the City of San Diego police garage, 330 12th Avenue, by the end of 2004. Today’s action would begin the process of relocating the current air pollution monitoring station to a new location within the Barrio Logan community of the City of San Diego. Relocation of this facility presents the Air Pollution Control District with the opportunity to continue to monitor air pollution in the region while placing the new facility in an environmental justice area as determined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
SUPERVISOR GREG COX
- Direct the Air Pollution Control Officer to identify a suitable location within the Barrio Logan community of San Diego for the relocation of the air monitoring station currently located at 330 12th Avenue within the City of San Diego.
- Once a suitable location has been found, direct the Air Pollution Control Officer, to negotiate for the use of such property, on behalf of the San Diego Air Pollution Control District.
- Direct the Air Pollution Control Officer to seek approval from the California Air Resources Board and the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the relocation of the 12th Avenue air monitoring station.
There is no fiscal impact associated with this proposal.
The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) continuously monitors air pollution levels in San Diego County using ten monitoring stations strategically placed throughout the region. Each monitoring station measures the levels of ozone, lead, hydrocarbons, methane, oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter present in the atmosphere. In addition to measuring the levels of pollutants, each monitoring station gathers meteorological data such as wind speed, wind direction and temperature.
Due to the planned relocation of the City of San Diego police garage in conjunction with the City’s new central library project, there is an immediate need for the APCD to relocate its air monitoring station which is currently located on top of the police garage at 330 12th Avenue by the end of 2004.
Approximately three years ago, community leaders in Barrio Logan, concerned with local air quality, petitioned the APCD requesting that a permanent air pollution monitoring station be placed in their neighborhood. Using a temporary monitoring system, APCD identified Master Plating, a chrome plating company, as the source of potentially carcinogenic airborne pollutants present in Barrio Logan at that time and action was taken to shut down their chrome plating operations. Subsequently the temporary air monitoring in Barrio Logan concluded on May 24, 2002.
After the termination of the temporary monitoring in Barrio Logan, APCD staff did not approve the request for a permanent monitoring station in the community because of the proximity of the 12th Avenue station. Now that the 12th Avenue station must be relocated, the opportunity exists to honor the request of the residents of Barrio Logan.
Locating an air pollution monitoring station in Barrio Logan provides an excellent opportunity to locate a station within an environmental justice area. The community of Barrio Logan includes many low-income, and primarily Latino residents who live along side numerous small industries, large shipyards, naval installations and two major freeways. Both state and federal laws require that governmental agencies conduct programs and adopt policies, that substantially affect human health or the environment, in a manner that ensures all populations, neighborhoods, and demographics share the benefits equally. Relocation of the existing air monitoring station will require approval of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Locating the station in the community of Barrio Logan gives the County the opportunity to demonstrate to the U.S. EPA, CARB and to our constituents the APCD’s policy of equal application, monitoring and enforcement of environmental laws.
Supervisor, First District