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Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 California Air Quality EQIP Initiative

About California Air Quality EQIP Initiatives

The purpose of the California Air Quality EQIP Initiatives is to provide financial and technical assistance for conservation practices to conserve or protect air quality resources from degradation in the most cost-effective manner.

California Air Quality EQIP Initiative for Ozone Reduction

Ambient ozone reductions are achieved by reducing two primary pollutants from its source, oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC). The priorities with addressing this air quality resource concern is reducing VOC emissions by implementing precision spray application technologies or integrated pest management strategies, and limiting reactive nitrogen and odors through manure injection methods on dairies.\

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California Air Quality EQIP Initiative for Particulate Matter Reduction

Many agricultural operations are sources of “fugitive dust”, of which may contain direct particulate matter smaller than 10 microns (PM10) or 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in mean diameter. The priorities with addressing this air quality resource concern is reducing particulate matter emissions by treating unpaved roads and traffic areas, adopting on-field conservation tillage and residue management practices, establishing windbreaks and shelterbelts around animal feeding operations, and chipping orchard or vineyard removal debris in lieu of open burning.

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California Air Quality EQIP Initiative for Stationary Pumping Plants

Permanently removing in-use agricultural engines utilized for pumping irrigation water and replacing with new electric motors or with new emissions-certified diesel irrigation engines that meet or exceed Federal state, or local emission standards and guidelines. The primary air quality resource concerns are primarily ozone precursors and particulate matter. Priority is placed on replacing stationary irrigation engines with new electric motors because this eliminates the air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions from the source.

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