(Amended 12/13/84)

A third-stage episode shall be declared when the concentration specified in Rule 708 is achieved.

  1. Whenever the Air Pollution Control Officer predicts a third-stage episode concentration is attained as specified in Rule 708, the following actions shall be taken:
    1.1. The notifications specified in Rule 707.
    1.2. The Air Pollution Control Board and the District Counsel shall be called into session to recommend control actions to the Air Pollution Control Officer as specified in Rule 710.2. and it shall also consider the following additional control measures:
    1. Closing all industrial plants.
    2. Closing admission to all retail and service establishments.
    3. Maximum reductions in electrical power plant production including the use of brown-outs and selective black-outs.
    4. Other measures required to protect the health and safety of the public.
  2. The Air Pollution Control Officer will implement the control measures recommended by the Air Pollution Control Board.
  3. Radio and television stations shall be requested to announce or display, at least once each half-hour, the pertinent facts and be requested to inform the public of the actions taken in accordance with the provisions of this rule.
  4. In addition to the actions taken in Rule 709.2. and 710.5., the Air Pollution Control Officer shall undertake the following actions:  Issue warnings describing protective measures to be taken, including identification of population groups most subject to harm and identification of the type of facilities where persons may be least subjected to exposure.
  5. In addition to the actions taken in Rule 709.5. and 710.6., the following abatement actions for oxidant shall be taken:
    5.1. Implement the traffic curtailment plan for third-stage episodes and require emergency car pooling or use of mass transportation by the public.
    5.2. Implement the stationary-source oxidant curtailment plan for third-stage episodes.
    5.3. Ban large scale commercial and industrial spray painting.
    5.4. Suspend activities, such as roofing, asphalt paving and surface coating, where the use of large quantities of volatile organic material is involved.
  6. If it appears that the steps taken by the Air Pollution Control Officer will be inadequate to cope with the emergency, or if it is determined that a substantial number of persons are suffering or are to suffer incapacitating effects, regardless of measured pollutant concentrations, and if the analysis of the meteorological and air quality data by the Air Pollution Control Officer indicates that the condition is likely to continue, the Air Pollution Control Board shall request the Governor to declare a state of emergency as set forth in the California Emergency Services Act.

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