Air Quality Management Pilot (Research) Project for Dairies|
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Regional Clean Air Agency
Air Quality Management
and Best Management Practices
PILOT (RESEARCH) PROJECT
for Dairy Operations
were accepted for the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency Draft Air
Quality Management Policy and Best Management Practices for Dairy Operations
(Draft Policy) from November 8, 2010 until 5 p.m. December 09, 2010.
addition to online, a copy of the AQMP & BMP Pilot Project is available upon request
Walker, Clerk of the Board
Regional Clean Air Agency
329 N First Street
834-2050 ext 102
concerns about the possible health effects of air emissions from dairy
operations have grown with the increasing size and geographic concentration
of these operations. This intensification has been driven by the economics
of domestic and export markets for dairy products. Emissions from dairies
are a significant concern, not only for new residents in these areas, but
for many long-time residents.
a lack of reliable methodologies for estimating emissions from dairies.
However, the implementation of technically and economically feasible
management practices designed to decrease emissions should not be delayed.
Best management practices (BMPs) aimed at mitigating air emissions from
dairies should continue to be improved and applied as new information is
developed on the character, amount, and dispersion of these air emissions,
and on their health and environmental effects.
this year citizens voiced concerns about the effects of emissions from
dairies to the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) Board of Directors.
As a result the Board directed staff to address these concerns. In July this
year staff proposed a policy-making process aimed at identifying and
implementing BMPs at dairy operations in YRCAA’s jurisdiction. The Board
approved the process and a work group was formed to develop a policy for
Board approval. Scientific research, local dairy operator expertise and
local dairy technical service provider expertise were consulted in the
process. A draft policy document has been developed and is now available for
public comment and peer agency review.
Pilot (Research) Project Approved
Thursday, February 10, 2011
A Pilot Research Project aimed
at gathering information over the next 10 to 12 months on the control and
reduction of potential air emissions from Yakima area dairies was approved
at today’s Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency (YRCAA) board meeting. The
YRCAA board of directors charged agency staff in early July of 2010 with
developing a Dairy Emissions Workgroup as a means to develop an Air Quality
Management Policy and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Dairy Operations.
The workgroup was formed under the direction of YRCAA
Pollution Control Officer Gary Pruitt and has met monthly ever since.
Composed of representatives from the Yakima Valley Dairy Federation, local
dairy owners, environmental scientists, YRCAA staff, the Yakama Nation, two
YRCAA board members, and the affected public, the workgroup was tasked with
making recommendations to Mr. Pruitt as to the substance to consider for
inclusion in a policy for air quality management as pertains to dairies.
Although a policy is not a rule, which requires that a
specific process be used, YRCAA chose to follow guidelines set in the state
rulemaking process, such as exposing the policy draft to a 30-day public
comment period. A draft of the policy for dairy operations was posted on the
YRCAA website in early November, soliciting public comments for a 30-day
period, thereby giving the public-at-large the final voice on policy
elements. Once he reviewed the public comments, Director Pruitt
crafted a final draft which was submitted for board approval today.
The pilot project calls for voluntary participation by
Yakima County dairy operations and oversight and review of YRCAA staff
inspections by participating environmental scientists. Input from all
factions is expected to provide a wealth of information, sufficient to
determine which BMPs are actually best at addressing eight pollutants
identified as having the most potential to become emissions from dairy
operations. These potential pollutants are Ammonia, Nitrous Oxide,
Hydrogen Sulfide, Volatile Organic Compounds, Odor, Particulate Matter,
Oxides of Nitrogen, and Methane. The BMPs developed over the
course of the pilot project will be pollutant-specific, that is, each
designed to limit or eliminate specific pollutants or combinations of
pollutants. Also of interest during the pilot research phase is
the determination of which BMPs are feasible to implement from a technical
and economic standpoint.
With this approval, the YRCAA board set the pilot research
project in motion. The dairy emissions policy will not be finalized
until after an exhaustive 10 to 12 month pilot research project has been
completed and reviewed and another draft policy proposal has been subjected
to another 30-day public comment period.