San Diego County Air Pollution Control District Community Newsletter


ISSUE NUMBER SIX • November 2023

SDAPCD Newsletter

Working to Achieve Clean Air for All 


SDAPCD Receives Platinum Level Award From SANDAG  

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District was awarded a Platinum Level award from SANDAG, at this year’s annual Diamond Awards reception. The award recognizes SDAPCD continued efforts of embracing methods to reduce traffic and promoting sustainable commuter solutions.

SDAPCD was recognized along with 117 other organizations in the San Diego Region that strive for sustainable commute choices.  As part of SDAPCD's vision of Clean Air for All, we strive to adopt sustainable solutions such as the implementation of a hybrid schedule for employees, as vehicles are one of the largest sources of air pollutants in San Diego County.

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SDAPCD Provides Funding for US' First Electric Tugboat

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) has partnered with the Port of San Diego, and Crowley by providing $12 million in Federal Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding for the United States’ first Electric Tugboat, that will operate out of the Port of San Diego’s Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal.

Emission reductions from the eTugboat are estimated to be 15 tons of Nitrogen Oxide (NOx), and 2.3 tons of Particulate Matter (PM2.5), over the course of just five years.  

Projects such as these make a significant impact on air quality in the San Diego region and the surrounding Portside Communities.

For more information about grant and incentives offered by SDAPCD, visit


Indirect Source Warehouse Working Group

The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) is exploring the possibility of adopting an indirect source rule, per the requirements set forth by California Assembly Bill 423 (AB 423). 

An indirect source as defined by the Clean Air Act is a facility, building, structure, installation, real property, road, or highway which attracts, or may attract, mobile sources of pollution. Indirect Sources from these businesses can be diesel-fueled trucks, cargo-handling equipment, and refrigeration systems.

At the direction of the SDAPCD Governing Board, a working group has been formed to determine the possibility of developing an indirect source rule. 

The Warehouse Working Group’s purpose will be to offer input on potential changes to regulatory and non-regulatory strategies to help reduce air pollution and public health impacts from heavy-duty trucking and other indirect sources associated with these types of businesses. 

The working group will consist of stakeholders that are knowledgeable with freight and pollution, community groups and members, warehouse owners and operators, trucking companies, government agencies, and other interested parties.

The group is beginning work in late 2023, and meetings will be held monthly. 

For more information on the Warehouse Working Group, visit

Other SDAPCD Updates.... 

  • We have updated our About us webpage to provide additional information about our culture and progress towards achieving Clean Air for All.
  • We are now permitting welding operations that can create elevated health risks. To learn more about welding operations click here.
  • We have published an air quality complaint dataset on our website Air Quality Complaint List ( to increase transparency.
  • Additional facilities in San Diego County may be subject to Title V permitting requirements. Those facilities must submit a Title V permit application to us as soon as possible, but no later than February 21, 2024. We have published two Compliance Advisories on April 6, 2023 and September 14, 2023 regarding this requirement.
  • State law, Regulation for the Reporting of Criteria Air Pollutants and Toxic Air Contaminants (CTR), now requires nearly all permitted facilities to meet specified reporting requirements for criteria pollutant and air toxics emissions on an annual basis by 2026. Please see Appendix A and B of the CTR to determine when your facilities’ reporting requirements must be met or contact us at

In this Issue:

- SANDAG Award

- Electric Tugboat

- Warehouse Working Group

Upcoming Events and Meetings: 

November 15 - International Border Community Steering Committee

November 28 - Portside Community Steering Committee

December 7 - San Diego Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board Meeting

December 14 - SDAPCD Governing Board Meeting

December 20 - International Border Community Steering Committee 

December 26 - Portside Community Steering Committee


To view details, visit our events and meetings calendar on our community page

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