South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is one of the largest and most technologically sophisticated environmental regulatory agencies in the nation. We serve a four-county region that includes all of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties, home to more than 17 million people. SCAQMD's headquarters is located in Diamond Bar, 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, at the junction of the 57 and 60 freeways. With a highly diverse and dedicated "Clean Air Team" of approximately 750 employees, an annual budget of $162.6 million, and a state-of-the-art air quality laboratory, SCAQMD's mission is to protect public health from air pollution through a comprehensive program of planning, regulation, education, enforcement, compliance incentives, technical innovation, and promotion of public understanding of air quality issues.
As part of our business, we inspect and regulate facilities and operations to determine compliance with SCAQMD rules and regulations, federal law and State statutes. Industry types regulated include large power plants and refineries, all sizes of industrial and manufacturing operations, retail gasoline service stations, landfills and waste site excavations, and demolition and land clearing for construction of homes or buildings.
ABOUT THE HEARING BOARD
To ensure fairness in our regulatory actions, a separate, quasi-judicial Hearing Board was chartered under Division 26 of the California Health and Safety Code to provide an appellate process for companies and public agencies that are subject to SCAQMD rules and regulations. The Hearing Board has authority to grant variances to SCAQMD rules, revoke and suspend SCAQMD operating permits, and issue Orders of Abatement. As state lawrequires, Hearing Board members are appointed by,but act independently of, SCAQMD's Governing Board.
ABOUT THE VACANCIES
Currently, we are seeking to make the following appointments to SCAQMD's Hearing Board: one Hearing Board Medical Member and one alternate, two Hearing Board Public Members and two alternates.
After hearing all sides of a case in which individuals or companies come into conflict with SCAQMD rules and regulations, the Hearing Board weighs the evidence and reaches a decision. The Hearing Board is authorized to hear:
- Petitions by companies for variances
- Petitions for abatement orders (An abatement order requires a company operating out of compliance to take specific actions orto shut down its operation, a severe remedynormally reserved for serious violators)
- Appeals by companies from the granting of permits, permit conditions, permit denials and suspensions, denials of emission reduction credits, and denials of pollution control plans
- Appeals by third parties
The Hearing Board is not authorized to modify SCAQMD rules; exempt a business from complying with a rule; grant a variance from a violation of the public nuisance law, such as one that creates an odor problem or threatens public health or property; or review a violation notice in any way.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF HEARING BOARD APPOINTMENTS
The term of appointment to the Hearing Board is three years. The terms of office for the incumbent Medical and two Public Members, and Alternate Members, will terminate on June 30, 2019. SCAQMD is seeking candidates for appointment to the new term, from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022. Hearing Board Members meet up to three days a week, Tuesdays through Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Member-elected Chair is required to be available four days per week, Tuesday through Friday, to handle ex parte variances, pre-hearing conferences, and single-member hearings. In addition, with reasonable notice, Members must be available on occasional evenings and weekends, in order to schedule days and times that are more convenient for public participation on issues of strong community interest. Alternate Members serve in lieu of regular Members, in their absence, on an as-needed, per diem basis.
Non-Medical Members of the SCAQMD Hearing Board are compensated at a rate of $7,500 per month, the Medical Member of the SCAQMD Hearing Board is compensated at a rate of $12,500 per month and the Member-elected Chair of the Board is compensated at the rate of $9,750 per month, for attending and preparing for Hearing Board meetings and participating in conferences on behalf of the Hearing Board. However, for each day absent, monthly compensation shall be reduced by $585.07 for non-Medical Members and $974.97 per day for the medical member. Alternate non-Medical Hearing Board Members are compensated at the rate of $585.07 per day and the Medical Member at $974.97 per day.
When presiding for the day over the daily calendar in the absence of the Chair, the Member-elected Vice Chair of the Hearing Board shall be compensated an additional $132 per day and the absent Chair's daily pay shall be reduced by $132.
In addition, each Member or Alternate Member shall receive reimbursement for travel, meals, and lodging as prescribed by SCAQMD's Administrative Code when performing his/her official functions or attending approved conferences, in an amount not to exceed $8,000 per year. No other compensation or benefits are provided.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION FOR REGULAR AND ALTERNATE MEMBERS
Newly appointed regular Members or Alternate Members having no prior experience on SCAQMD's Hearing Board are expected to participate in an orientation period not to exceed 15 days or until the Alternate sits in the place of a regular Member, whichever occurs first, at a compensation for the non-Medical Members/Alternates of $198 per day and for the Medical Member/Alternate of $330 per day for actual days spent observing hearings and/or attend training sessions. This orientation is to develop familiarity with SCAQMD Hearing Board methods and procedures.
PUBLIC MEMBERS: Must be able to demonstrate evidence of active participation in matters relating to the environment, preferably with relatively recent involvement in activities and forums pertaining to the control of airpollution in the South Coast Basin.
Note: Candidates whoreside within the South Coast Basin, which includes all of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties are preferred, but local residency is not a requirement for the positions.
APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
It is anticipated that these appointments will be acted uponby theSCAQMD Board at its May 3, 2019 meeting. Paid new member orientation is scheduled for May and June 2019. New three-yearterms begin July 1, 2019.
For questions about the application process, or to requestan accommodation at any time during the selection process,please contact Human Resources at (909) 396-2800.
For additional information about theHearing Board, go to www.aqmd.gov and click on "About," and then,"Hearing Board". If you have further questions, please email the Clerkof the Boards at [email protected]
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- I am only interested in a regular Public Member Appointment
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- I am only interested in an Alternate Public Member Appointment
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