South Coast AQMD set to consider scrapping RECLAIM program

By Michael Shaw

Capitol Update, Oct. 28, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Facing a lawsuit from environmental groups and pressure from state and federal regulators, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is contemplating phasing out the 22-year old program that allowed industry the option of buying pollution reduction credits as an alternative to installing pollution control equipment. This shift in thinking looms large as the air district prepares a 15-year plan to cut pollution to meet federal health standards for smog that must be approved by state regulators.

Air district leadership reportedly believe that the district’s existing Regional Clean Air Incentives Market or Reclaim Program may have outlived their effectiveness because meeting health standards in the coming years may require nearly all the oil refineries, power plants, and factories in the program to install state-of-the-art pollution controls. Such requirements would leave little room for the give and take of a cap-and-trade marketplace.

The South Coast AQMD Board is set to consider the future of RECLAIM at its February 3, 2017 Governing Board meeting.

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