OB-1 Air Analyses, Inc. (OB-1) is an environmental service company specializing in air quality and greenhouse gas/climate change issues, founded and operated by Mr. Joe O’Bannon. OB-1 is a California-certified micro Small Business Enterprise (micro-SBE). The Corporation’s integrity, honesty, and attention to detail ensure clients the highest quality results and these results have earned OB-1 praise and recognition by agencies and industry alike.
Mr. O’Bannon has been working in the air quality field for over 30 years, in both the public and private sectors. This experience, gained by operating and consulting in various capacities throughout Central and Southern California, assures that OB-1’s client’s air quality needs are addressed accurately and on schedule. OB-1 has also gained recognition as a successful problem-solving consultancy, able to approach challenges from a variety of perspectives and, in doing so, develop win-win solutions that are responsive and defensible. Additionally, understanding that air quality is a public health as well as economic issue, OB-1 recognizes the importance of facilitating communication between clients, stakeholders while resolving technical, operational, and compliance issues.
OB-1 has experience in:
- CEQA/NEPA environmental analyses for air quality and greenhouse gas/climate change,
- Criteria and greenhouse gas emissions inventories,
- Peer review and special studies,
- Native American issues,
- Government and community relations, public education, and consensus building,
- Regulatory compliance issues, and
- Legislative review and expert testimony.
- Development entities that need to navigate public agency processes and regulations in order to begin building projects;
- Public agencies responsible for ensuring that their constituency enjoys a safe air quality environment;
- Environmental companies retained to provide CEQA/NEPA air quality and/or greenhouse gas analysis and recommendations;
- Individuals or organizations that need to understand the legislative and/or regulatory AQ/GHG environment in order to plan for the future or navigate local permitting and/or compliance issues;
- Entities that need to elevate staff or constituency understanding of the causes, history, effects, requirements, and solutions manifest in the air quality/greenhouse gas arena; or
- Entities requiring assessment of operational contributions to existing air quality levels and customized measures that will mitigate excessive contributions and attain compliance.
- Public /Private Client Experience. OB-1 has experience in both sectors and consequently staff understands how the “other side” thinks. This unique experience enables a balanced approach to resolving challenges that can predict potential pitfalls. This enables project implementation to proceed efficiently and effectively and limits potential cost overruns and project delays.
- Wide Range of Technical Air Quality Experience. Extensive technical experience provides for the development of unique and successful connections ranging from detailed engineering to frequently changing regulatory requirements.
- Creative Problem Solving. OB-1 exercises thorough due diligence to gain an understanding of pertinent issues at the time a project commences. Based on this understanding creative solutions are developed and assessed before submittals reach decision-makers. OB-1 always explores legally defensible, win/win solutions.
- Broad Contact Base. OB-1 has built a contact network across various levels of industry and agencies and has earned the respect of allied professional peers. This allows OB-1 to tap expertise and knowledge industry wide and results in discovering useful and beneficial solutions.
- Excellent Communication Skills. Communication is the foundation of facilitation and OB-1 has communicated complex air quality concepts to a wide variety of audiences, from 5 year-olds to octogenarians, environmentalists to industry operators, and decision-makers to staff.
- Creative Thinking. A balance of left and right brain thinking, as spoken of commonly, allows OB-1 to understand complex technical issues and at the same time develop creative solutions. This ability, combined with good communication skills, helps facilitation of strategies, negotiations, and project implementation.
Public Expertise - 20 years working for California Air Districts
- Experience and perspective based on lengthy practice in the public realm provides OB-1 with insight of what constraints might be placed on Districts from federal and state agencies and their local decision makers (Board of Supervisors/Air Quality Boards).
- Establishment and management of emissions inventories for thousands of stationary sources and various area sources.
- Experience in public outreach and education involving complex air quality issues. Clients and students have included decision-makers, the public, the press and classroom training for educational institutions.
- OB-1 has consulted with state and local advisory boards regarding a variety of issues ranging from dairy operations to air quality issues relating to Valley Fever. Additionally, OB-1 staff has served voluntarily on local Council of Governments Technical Advisory and Policy Boards. These activities resulted in mutually beneficial, long-term relationships with a cross section of public agencies.
- Preparation, as co-author, of the Guidelines for Assessing and Mitigating Air Quality Impacts (GAMAQI) and the Air District’s Internal Environmental Review Guidelines.
- OB-1 CEO and founder, Joe O’Bannon, received the 2001 Regional Award of Merit from the Kern County Council of Governments and Certificates of Recognitions from U.S. Congressmen, State Assemblymen, and State Senators.
Private Experience - 13+ years working in the private sector
- Special Studies – As an adjunct to the requirements of CEQA and/or NEPA, special studies are often required and OB-1 has completed numerous studies, specifically relating to financial backing, analysis support for an air district petition changes on air quality designations, and technical support for companies trying to navigate air quality permit requirements.
- Inventories of Emissions – OB-1 has over a decade of experience developing criteria emissions inventories for air districts. In addition OB-1 has experience in the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories for educational facilities, public agencies, and private companies.
- Native American issues – Territorial Sovereignty allows indigenous tribes to govern themselves within the borders of the United States. Therefore, tribal environmental analyses are potentially different from standard CEQA and/or NEPA analyses. OB-1 has successfully completed Tribal air quality analyses for Native American tribes in several states including California, Michigan, and Washington.
- Additional specialized experiences include peer review of professional work product, proposed and enacted legislative review, and expert testimony in civil court cases.
- 8minutenergy Solar Farms - Preparation of air quality and climate change technical assessments for three separate solar farms in Imperial County, California. Client added a fourth solar farm after the previous air consultant was unable provide a report acceptable to the local air district. Turn around was one week to rewrite the additional report. The Air District accepted the report then adopted the report as a template for future submissions by other consultants.
- Monterey County GHG Reduction Strategies – Preparation of countywide GHG analyses and development of policies during the General Plan Update requiring sustainable land use strategies designed to reduce energy consumption, vehicle miles traveled, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. The project included preparation of a GHG inventory and air quality response to comments for Monterey County. GHGs from vehicular activity and power plants were calculated for the years 1990, 2000, 2010, and 2020 to compare with AB-32 reduction strategies. Analysis of volatile organic gas emissions from County winery production was also prepared.
- Fresno State University GHG Inventory – Preparation of a facility-wide current-year GHG inventory for the University campus operations that included estimates for purchased electricity, natural gas usage, transportation fleet, agricultural operations, refrigerants, and landfill wastes. Emissions were calculated for carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and hydrofluorocarbons and presented in carbon dioxide equivalents.
- San Ramon City Center Mixed Use Project – Preparation of the air quality and climate change portion of an EIR for a project that included 489 condos, 663,340 square feet of retail, 681,770 square feet of office space, a library, transit center, and a city hall. Client commissioned OB-1 to find a way to counteract a promised challenge of air quality analysis by the Sierra Club. At the Board meeting, the project received 'no comment' relating to air quality and/or climate change. One of the features deflecting the challenge was an award winning innovative mitigation measure combining drought-tolerant and low-ozone-forming potential trees for use in landscaping.
- Salton City Landfill Expansion – Analysis of air quality and climate change impacts of the expansion of the existing Salton City Solid Waste Site. Emissions from construction and operational activities were calculated. Operational activities included emissions from on-road collection vehicles, transfer trucks, employee vehicles, and miscellaneous delivery vehicles and from off-road exhaust emissions of the various pieces of equipment used in the processing of MSW. In addition, fugitive dust emissions were estimated as a result of earthmoving activities and windblown erosion of the active landfill working area and fugitive landfill emissions. GHG emissions from landfill gas and vehicular exhaust were calculated. Challenges included estimating GHG sequestration related to landfill gas carbon storage.
- Wood Pellet Manufacturing Co-Generation Facility - Assessment of potential stationary, mobile, and indirect criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emission sources; nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction feasibility study; air toxics health risk assessment; and regulatory assistance to obtain an Authority to Construct for a proposed industrial facility at the Port of Sacramento. The plant proposed using green waste to manufacture wood pellets as a coal-replacement fuel source for export. Challenges included finding a way to offset the higher NOx emissions associated with the Project’s need to remain carbon neutral to the Air District's mandates regarding lowering NOx emissions.