Air Quality Analysis CEQA Tools Workshop

  • Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Fresno Breakfast House, 2085 W Bullard Ave, Fresno
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Tuesday, March 11th at Fresno Breakfast House

2085 W. Bullard Avenue (SW Corner of Bullard & West in the Pavilion West Shopping Center) Fresno

7:30 a.m. to 8:00 Breakfast and Networking

8:00 to 9:00 Presentation

AEP Members Free, Non-Members $20, Student Non-Members $5 (includes breakfast)


1.00 AICP-CM Credit


Nearly all development projects within the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin, from general plans to individual development projects have the potential to generate air pollutants, making it more difficult for the region to attain State and Federal ambient air quality standards. One of the most commonly used modeling tools to prepare air impact assessments is the recently developed California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod). CalEEMod is recommended by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District and can be used to calculate criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a variety of land uses, including residential, commercial, retail, and industrial projects. CalEEMod also calculates the benefits of implementing mitigation measures, including measures to reduce GHG emissions. This workshop will benefit those involved in characterizing project related impacts on air quality, such as government agencies, land use planners, consultants, and environmental professionals. It will include an overview of the model, a hands-on demonstration of its operation, and user tips to facilitate the models use.


Additionally, the San Joaquin Valley Air District has recently developed a modeling tool that will allow CEQA reviewing agencies and project proponents to conduct screening level risk assessments for a variety of emission source types (i.e., truck idling, truck travel, internal combustion engines, fast food restaurant drive throughs, and gasoline dispensing facilities). This workshop will provide a demonstration of the new modeling tools and will describe how to use the tools to determine a screening level risk estimate at sensitive receptor locations.

About the Speakers:

Elena Nuño – Project Manager/Air Quality Scientist, First Carbon Solutions

Elena Nuño has over eight years of experience working as an environmental planner with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in the San Joaquin Valley. Elena’s professional history includes working as an air quality specialist with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) where she assisted in the preparation of air quality attainment plans and was responsible for CEQA compliance for Air District rules and permits. As a project manager/air quality scientist in the private sector, Elena has assisted with and managed the preparation of numerous Environmental Impact Reports, Negative Declarations, and authored Air Quality Impact Assessment Reports and Climate Change Analyses for alternative energy, residential and commercial projects, well and drilling operations, educational facilities, roadways, and industrial facilities. 



Leland Villalvazo -Supervising Air Quality Specialist, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

Leland has over 20 years of experience in air dispersion modeling and health risk assessments and is one of the country’s leading modeling experts. Leland was instrumental in drafting the California Air Pollution Control Officer’s Health Risk Assessment for Proposed Land Use Projects document, released in July of 2009 and the Modeling Compliance of The Federal 1-Hour NO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) document, released in October of 2011. He has also been leading the effort in developing documentation to interpret EPA modeling guidance for the use of the AERMOD model and creation of streamlining tools used by agencies and consultants.


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