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Air Pollution Reduction Plans for Southeast L.A. and Eastern Coachella Valley Adopted

On December 4, 2020 the Governing Board adopted the Community Emission Reductions Plans (CERPs) for the Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) and Southeast Los Angeles (SELA), identifying actions to reduce emissions and exposures to air pollution in these two environmental justice communities.

The CERPs include air quality priorities identified by the Community Steering Committees (CSCs), which consist of members of the public who live, work or go to school within each community, including active residents, community leaders, local business owners or workers, community organizations, local agencies, schools, universities, hospitals, tribal organizations and elected officials. The ECV Plan focuses on reducing air pollution impacts from the Salton Sea, pesticides, fugitive road dust, the Greenleaf Desert View Power Plant, diesel mobile sources, open burning and illegal dumping.

The ECV plan will be amended over the next several months to include additional community priorities. The ECV CERP can be found at: www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/Agendas/GoverningBoard/2020/2020-Dec4-029.pdf.

In SELA, the Plan aims to reduce air pollution from both stationary and mobile sources, including trucks, railyards, rendering plants and metal processing facilities. This plan also prioritizes increasing green spaces to help reducing community exposure to air pollution. The SELA CERP can be found at: www.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/Agendas/ Governing-Board/2020/2020-Dec4-028.pdf.

South Coast AQMD will begin implementing the plans and will submit them to CARB for approval in 2021. At this stage, South Coast AQMD has a total of five adopted CERPs, including the three communities whose plans were adopted by the Governing Board in 2019. Participation from the CSCs is critical during program implementation, and the agency will continue to meet regularly with these committees.

Since May 2020, all AB 617 CSC meetings have been conducted virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings provide an opportunity for the community to continue the work on program implementation and hear updates on the progress that has been made. The added accessibility provided by the virtual format has increased meeting attendance in each community.

Spanish-English interpretation is provided during each virtual meeting, including phone numbers for both English and Spanish lines, and meeting materials in both languages.

For up-to-date program or meeting information on the AB 617 program, please visit: www.aqmd.gov/ab617.

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