Proposed Rule 2305 – Warehouse Indirect Source Rule - Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Program; and PR 316 – Fees for Rule 230

2 Documents in Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020110225
Lead Agency
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Title
Proposed Rule 2305 – Warehouse Indirect Source Rule - Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Program; and PR 316 – Fees for Rule 230
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Received
Present Land Use
NA

Document Description
The proposed project is comprised of Proposed Rule (PR) 2305, including a mitigation program component, PR 316 to recover administrative costs, and the submittal of PR 2305 into the State Implementation Plan (SIP). PR 2305 has been developed to facilitate local and regional emission reductions associated with existing and new warehouses with an indoor warehouse floor space equal to or greater than 100,000 square feet within a single building and the mobile sources attracted to these warehouses. Under PR 2305, operators of applicable existing and new warehouses would be subject to an annual Warehouse Actions and Investments to Reduce Emissions (WAIRE) Points Compliance Obligation (WPCO) intended to reduce regional and local emissions from warehouse indirect sources. To meet the WPCO, WAIRE Points can be earned by warehouse operators and/or owners by selecting from a menu of implementation measures: 1) acquiring and/or using near-zero emissions (NZE) and zero-emission (ZE) trucks; 2) acquiring and/or using ZE yard trucks; 3) installing and/or using ZE charging/fueling infrastructure (e.g., electric charger, hydrogen fuel station) for cars, trucks, and/or transport refrigeration units; 4) installing and/or using onsite energy systems (e.g., solar panels); and 5) implementing community benefits (e.g., MERV 16 or greater filters or filter systems). In addition, warehouse operators may apply to earn WAIRE Points through a Custom WAIRE Plan specific to their operations that satisfy prescribed performance metrics. WAIRE Points may be earned only for “surplus” actions that go beyond existing state and federal regulations. In lieu of satisfying the WPCO via implementation measures, a warehouse operator may choose to pay an optional mitigation fee to South Coast AQMD that would be used in a mitigation program to achieve the emissions reductions. Similar to the measures used to earn WAIRE Points, the mitigation program would implement measures such as subsidizing the purchase of NZE and ZE trucks and/or the installation of charging and fueling infrastructure for ZE trucks. The mitigation program would prioritize use of the mitigation fees in areas near the warehouses using this compliance option. Therefore, the environmental impacts associated with the mitigation program are similar to implementation of measures to earn WAIRE Points and are analyzed in the Draft EA. Implementation of the proposed project is expected to result in long-term and permanent emission reductions of nitrogen oxides and particulate matter in the South Coast AQMD, including diesel particulate matter and reduced associated public health impacts from warehouse activities which will vary depending upon the implementation measures employed. There may be additional industrial properties and warehouse operators and owners that will only be required to provide reports but will not be required to earn WAIRE Points. PR 2305 will be submitted into the SIP. PR 316 has been developed to establish fees to be paid by warehouses subject to PR 2305 to recover South Coast AQMD administrative costs associated with submittal and review of various notifications and reports, Custom WAIRE Plan evaluation, and implementing a program using mitigation fees from warehouse operators that chose to pay a mitigation fee, as well as compliance activities such as conducting desktop audits, onsite inspections, and reviewing records. While reducing emissions is an environmental benefit, the analysis in the Draft EA indicates that significant and unavoidable adverse direct and/or indirect environmental impacts may occur for the following environmental topic areas: 1) aesthetics; 2) agriculture and forestry resources; 3) air quality and greenhouse gas emissions; 4) biological resources; 5) cultural resources; 6) energy; 7) geology and soils; 8) hazardous materials and solid and hazardous waste; 9) hydrology and water quality; 10) mineral resources; 11) noise; 12) transportation; and 13) utilities and service systems. Warehouses that will be subject to the proposed project may be identified on lists compiled by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control per Government Code Section 65962.5.

Contact Information
Ryan Banuelos
South Coast AQMD
Lead/Public Agency
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4182

Phone : (909) 396-3479
rbanuelos@aqmd.gov

South Coast AQMD
Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Los Angeles Orange Riverside San Bernardino
Other Location Info
The proposed project may affect existing and new warehouses located throughout the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (South Coast AQMD) jurisdiction, which includes the four-county South Coast Air Basin (all of Orange County and the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties), and the Riverside County portion of the Salton Sea Air Basin and the non-Palo Verde, Riverside County portion of the Mojave Desert Air Basin.

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Project Issues
Aesthetics Agriculture and Forestry Resources Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Hazards & Hazardous Materials Hydrology/Water Quality Mineral Resources Noise Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources Other
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) California Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy (CVMC) California Coastal Commission (CCC) California Department of Conservation (DOC) California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region 6 (CDFW) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW) California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Transportation, District 12 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, District 7 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, District 8 (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Natural Resources Agency California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Colorado River Basin Region 7 (RWQCB) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Lahontan Victorville Region 6 (RWQCB) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region 4 (RWQCB) California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Santa Ana Region 8 (RWQCB) California Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (SMMC) California State Lands Commission (SLC) Colorado River Board Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) Santa Monica Bay Restoration State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality

Attachments

Environmental Document
DraftEA_NOC_PR2305and316   PDF 34290 K PR 2305 - OPR Summary Form (Form F)_forupload   PDF 350 K
NOC
PR 2305 - OPR NOC Transmittal Form-signed   PDF 296 K

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