Hearing Board

The Yolo-Solano AQMD Hearing Board considers 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 as needed.

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 professional engineer, one medical professional, and two public members.

As the law requires, Yolo-Solano AQMD provides public notice, access, and review of every Hearing Board meeting. To check for upcoming public hearings, please click here.

Current Hearing Board

     Todd Bruce           Public Member 
     Bruce Du Clair           Public Member
     Marcia Gollober, MD           Medical Member
     Tom Kear – CHAIR           Engineering Member
     Christopher Ogata           Legal Member

Variance Applications

Variance applications are requests for temporary relief from Yolo-Solano AQMD requirements filed by entities subject to the District’s rules and regulations. 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.