Public Hearing and Public Consultation Meetings
July 12, 2013 Staff
Presentation (PDF, 2M)
July 12, 2013 SCAQMD Special Governing Board Meeting
SCAQMD Releases Revised Proposal For Regulating Beach
June 12, 2013
Newport Beach Hyatt Regency,
June 13, 2013 (PDF, 2Mb)
June 14, 2013 (PDF, 2Mb)
Beach Fire Monitoring Results
In conjunction with the Governing Board’s consideration of a prohibition
on burning of wood and other biomass fuels at beaches, SCAQMD is conducting
air monitoring and sampling in areas adjacent to beaches with fire rings.
Given the health effects related to wood smoke exposure, the purpose of this
effort is to assess the potential for human exposure to wood smoke from
Preliminary results indicate that smoke from beach fires is impacting air
quality in nearby residential areas. SCAQMD has operated air monitors at
Corona del Mar, Balboa Island, Huntington Beach and Dockweiler State Beach
since late March, using both mobile and fixed air monitoring devices.
Tests were conducted for particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5) as well as
black carbon and ultrafine particles.
Measured levels of particulates varied widely depending on weather
conditions, the level of beach fire activity, and location. In parking
lots near beach fire pits, fine particulate pollution concentrations from
wood smoke were as much as 10 times higher than typical background levels.
In nearby residential areas, particulate concentrations were up to three
times higher than background levels.
These levels of fine particulate from wood smoke did not exceed the
federal 24-hour standard for PM2.5, but they did exceed public health
guidance levels for shorter-term exposures.
Wood smoke contains toxic, cancer-causing chemicals as well as common
combustion pollutants such as nitrogen oxides. Numerous health studies
during wildfires, and in communities where large amounts of wood or other
biomass is burned, show that wood smoke causes respiratory irritation and an
increase in hospital admissions for respiratory problems.
SCAQMD plans to continue air monitoring at fixed sites near beaches in
the near term, and will report results to the public as they are available.
Below are links to presentations on the potential health effects related
to wood smoke exposure and a summary of preliminary results from the air
monitoring efforts. A link is also provided to the staff
report presented at the May 3, 2013
Public Hearing by the SCAQMD Governing Board regarding open burning at beach
areas. An addendum to the staff report will be issued to incorporate
the monitoring data and modifications to the original draft rule are under
Dr. Philip M. Fine, Assistant Deputy Executive Officer, 909-396-2239
(News Media only) Sam Atwood, Media Relations Manager, 909-396-3687