Hearing Board

The Yolo-Solano AQMD Hearing Board is tasked with considering three types of cases: variance applications, abatement orders and permit disputes. The 5-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 renewable 3-year terms. 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.

Current Hearing Board

Medical Member: Rhonda Martin
Nursing Operations Officer, NorthBay Healthcare Hospitals

Legal Member: Chris Ogata
Attorney

Engineer Member: Tom Kear
Sr. Transp. Engineer/Planner, Cambridge Systematics

Public Member: Bruce Du Clair
Retired

Public Member: Todd Bruce
Manager, Dutra Group

Hearing Board Counsel: Ronald Martinez
Deputy County Council for Yolo County

Variance Applications

Variance applications are requests for temporary 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.

Abatement Orders

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.

Permit Disputes

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.