Clean air plans are the essential blueprints for action by the SCAQMD. The SCAQMD is required to update its plans on a regular basis. Updates may take the form of a new plan or an amendment. Plans range in scope from the regional Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) to plans dealing with specific pollutants in specific geographic locales to the Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan. Included as part of many plans are documents that analyze its impact (i.e., socioeconomic and environmental analyses). The list below shows the categories of plans and documents produced by the SCAQMD.
The Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP), demonstrates attainment of the federal national ambient air quality standards. Currently the region is not in attainment of the ozone and two of the PM2.5 standards but the AQMP provides the latest control strategies to achieve attainment as expeditiously as practicable.
The following is a comprehensive list of all the NAAQS and the California Ambient Air Quality Standards (CAAQS), attainment designation for the South Coast Air Basin, and attainment date.
When the U.S. EPA designated the Los Angeles County portion of the Basin as nonattainment for the 2008 Lead NAAQS on December 31, 2010, SCAQMD was required to prepare an SIP for the lead nonattainment area. The 2012 Lead State Implementation Plan for Los Angeles County outlines the strategies, planning and pollution control activities that demonstrate attainment of the lead NAAQS.
On January 12, 1999, the U.S. EPA proposed partial approval/disapproval of the 1997 Ozone SIP revisions citing concerns with the ozone control strategy provided in the 1997 AQMP. To address these concerns, the SCAQMD staff prepared the Ozone Plan as an Amendment to the SIP.
The Coachella Valley PM10 State Implementation Plan (CVSIP) establishes additional controls needed to demonstrate expeditious attainment of the PM10 standards in the Coachella Valley, located in the Salton Sea Air Basin. This area which is under SCAQMD's jurisdiction has been designated as a serious non-attainment area for PM10.
The Clean Communities Plan (formerly known as the Air Toxics Control Plan) is designed to examine the overall direction of the SCAQMD's air toxics control program. It includes control strategies aimed to reduce toxic emissions and risk from both mobile and stationary sources.
The annual Air Quality Monitoring Network Plan describes the network of ambient air quality monitors located within the SCAQMD's 4-county jurisdiction. Federal regulations require that the air quality monitoring network be reviewed annually to identify any need for additions, relocations, or terminations of monitoring sites or instrumentation.
Vision for Clean Air: A Framework for Air Quality and Climate Planning, examines how technologies can meet both air quality and climate goals over time.