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South Coast AQMD Governing Board Approves Installation of Air Filtration Systems in AB 617 Community Schools

On December 4, 2020 the South Coast AQMD Governing Board approved $6.3 million in Community Air Protection Program (CAPP) incentive funding to be used for installation and maintenance of air filtration systems at schools in three environmental justice communities.

The schools are part of South Coast AQMD’s Year 1 Assembly Bill 617 (C. Garcia) program, which is a community led process helping local air districts reduce air pollution in communities disproportionately impacted by air pollution. The AB 617 Year 1 communities are Wilmington/West Long Beach/Carson, San Bernardino/ Muscoy and Boyle Heights/East Los Angeles/West Commerce.

In addition, the South Coast AQMD Governing Board recognized up to $17,500 and $9,250 from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for two Supplemental Environmental Projects to install and maintain air filtration systems at schools and residences.

To date, South Coast AQMD has funded the installation and maintenance of air filtration systems at 92 schools and community centers within its jurisdiction. These air filtration systems have been provided and installed by IQAir.

The Governing Board’s approval is a major milestone for reducing children’s exposure to criteria and toxic pollutants and ultrafine particulate matter (PM). These air filtration systems can remove up to 90 percent of ultrafine particulate matter from classrooms. Health studies show that fine and ultrafine PM, including diesel PM, present the greatest air pollution health risk to sensitive receptors in environmental justice communities.

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