Variance Oversight Program
Air District Hearing Boards are authorized to issue variances to stationary sources that currently are, or likely may become, out of compliance with their local district rules, regulations, or Health and Safety Code (HSC) 41701. A petition for a variance must be brought before an air district hearing board, who grants or denies a variance order based on a set of criteria defined by HSC §42352. CARB has oversight authority over all variances. This oversight consists of a thorough review to determine that the requirements of the HSC are met and that compliance with increments of progress and emission standards are met as expeditiously as possible.