Shaina Brown

ARB begins development of Community Air Protection Program

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, Oct. 23, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently on roadshow across the state facilitating informational meetings on the AB 617 Community Air Protection program. Last week, they presented in Oakland and Sacramento and this week they will be in Los Angeles and Fresno. The meetings are an opportunity to, at a high level, address the program components with stakeholders: Community Identification; Statewide monitoring Plan & Community Air Monitoring; Statewide Strategy & Community Emission Reduction Programs; Incentive & Grant Funding and more.

AB 617 is the air quality companion bill to the climate change legislation (AB 389) that was signed into law this summer. Under AB 617, ARB is charged with developing a statewide community air monitoring plan prioritizing communities with the highest exposure burdens. These meetings have been attended by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and environmental justice groups, industry, and air quality management districts.

These meetings kick off a series of community outreach activities that will continue throughout the winter, with more formal comment periods and workshops for CMTA engagement. The ARB presentation can be accessed here. Stay tuned for more updates.

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