Bay Area approves greenhouse gas fees

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 30, 2008 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Tuesday, May 21st, the Bay Area Air Quality District (BAAQMD) approved a proposal to impose fees on dozens of large and small companies to pay for the expenses related to its climate change program.  Board Member Shimansky was the only ‘no’ vote.  The program will charge 4.4 cents per metric ton of air pollution. This sets the stage for 2,500 businesses and agencies in nine counties to pay 4.4 cents for every metric ton of carbon dioxide expelled, starting July 1st.

CMTA, among many others, opposed the BAAQMD proposal for a number of reasons.  The proposal duplicates the state’s global warming law (AB 32, Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles, Chapter 488, 2006), it puts local businesses at a competitive disadvantage and it does nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Testimony, along with a formal letter of opposition, was submitted to the BAAQMD stating these concerns.

The letter and testimony urged the BAAQMD not to preempt the California Air Resources Board efforts, and allow CARB the time it needs to develop a scoping plan that will meet the needs of AB 32 in its implementation of greenhouse gas emission reductions for all California.

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