The Yolo-Solano AQMD Hearing Board is tasked with adjudicating three types of cases: variance applications, abatement orders and permit disputes. The five-member Hearing Board is independent of the District's Board of Directors and meets on an as-needed basis. Hearing Board members are appointed by the Board of Directors and serve 3-year terms. The current roster is available on the right.
Per state law, the Hearing Board consists of one member admitted to the practice of law; one member who is a professional engineer; one member from the medical profession; and two public members. As required by law, Yolo-Solano AQMD provides public notice, access and review of every Hearing Board meeting.
Variance applications are temporary requests for relief from Yolo-Solano AQMD requirements filed by entities subject to the rules and regulations of the District. A granted variance application allows a source to operate despite being in violation of a District regulation while steps to come into compliance are being taken.
* Additional info on variances
* Apply for a variance
Yolo-Solano AQMD's Air Pollution Control Officer, Board of Directors or Hearing Board may request an abatement order against an emissions source. The Hearing Board may issue abatement orders that carry fines of up to $25,000 per day of violation and potential criminal sanctions. The abatement order is the District's strongest administrative sanction.
The Hearing Board may also hear appeals from sources on permit denials, approvals, suspensions or revocations. The Air Pollution Control Officer can also request that the Hearing Board determine whether a permit should be revoked due to violations. Third parties may also appeal District permit decisions to the Hearing Board.
* Additional info on permit disputes