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SCAQMD Efforts Related to AB 617 & AB 134

The South Coast Air Quality Management District is actively conducting exciting and comprehensive community-based efforts that focus on improving air quality and public health in environmental justice communities.  

Background

Assembly Member Cristina Garcia authored Assembly Bill 617Link to external website. to address the disproportionate impacts of air pollution in environmental justice communities. The measure requires local air districts to take specific actions to reduce air pollution and toxic air contaminants from commercial and industrial sources.  

Previously passed bills provide significant new funding and resources to expand SCAQMD’s community-based programs to reduce air pollution and protect public health, with a focus on environmental justice communities. For example, the state Legislature also adopted AB 134 to fund community air quality projects, specifically clean vehicle and ports investments.

The primary purpose of these new efforts is to implement AB 617. SCAQMD will conduct extensive outreach to residents and other stakeholders to describe the program and seek input on how to implement it. 


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Upcoming Activity

SCAQMD will host three community meetings to provide information on AB 617 community air plans and to discuss the role of the Community Steering Committees. These “community kickoff meetings” will be held in each of the three communities expected to be approved by the California Air Resources Board for Year 1 implementation. In addition, beginning in late October 2018, SCAQMD will host Community Steering Committee meetings in each of these three communities. All of these meetings are open to the public.

  • Community Kickoff meetings:
    SCAQMD staff will provide an update on current and upcoming AB 617 efforts in the community and discuss the Community Steering Committee process, membership requirements and expectations. There will be presentations, and community members have opportunities to ask questions and to interact with SCAQMD staff.
     Community - Comunidad: Due date – Entregar antes de:
     Wilmington / West Long Beach / Carson Oct. 12, 2018
     San Bernardino / Muscoy Oct. 19, 2018
     East Los Angeles / Boyle Heights Oct. 26, 2018
Kickoff Meetings:   Steering Committees:
Tues., Oct. 2, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Wilmington Senior Center
1371 Eubanks Ave.
Wilmington, CA 90744
Tues., Oct. 30, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Wilmington Senior Center
1371 Eubanks Ave.
Wilmington, CA 90744
Tues., Oct. 9, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ruben Campos Community Center
1717 W. 5th St.
San Bernardino, CA 92411
Thurs., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Ruben Campos Community Center
1717 W. 5th St.
San Bernardino, CA 92411
Tues., Oct. 16, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Commerce Senior Center
2555 Commerce Way
Commerce, CA 90040
Weds., Nov. 28, 2018, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Resurrection Church
3324 Opal St.
Los Angeles, CA 90023

Communities Approved for Year 1 Implementation

  • Wilmington/West Long Beach/Carson

  • San Bernardino/Muscoy

  • East Los Angeles/Boyle Heights/West Commerce

Community Identification & Prioritization Process, Meetings and Documents

SCAQMD hosted a series of meetings to seek input on how to prioritize communities in our region for future air monitoring and emission reduction programs. This site contains meeting documents such as presentations, a fact sheet, an infographic, community input and SCAQMD’s recommendations to CARB:


Community Self-Recommendation Form

The deadline for self-recommendation submission to be considered for the first year has passed. Self-recommendations received after May 7, 2018 will be taken into consideration for year 2.


Programs Receiving AB 617 & AB 134 Funding

For the year 2018, AB 617 provided SCAQMD with $10.7 million in funding to take on several new programs and responsibilities, including:

  1. Community Emissions Reduction Plans (CERP): Residents will have the opportunity to provide recommendations for the selection of communities chosen for the development of emissions reductions plans. SCAQMD will use updated data to assess the communities most affected, identify key sources of pollution and develop targeted emissions reduction plans to reduce community exposures to air pollution. A small number of communities will be selected for the first year and other communities will be added over time.

  2. Community Monitoring and Analysis: SCAQMD will deploy systems to monitor air quality in selected communities where this information is most needed. The analysis of the data collected will inform future community emissions reduction plans and will be used to track progress. This information will be shared with the public and with the California Air Resources Board.

  3. “BARCT” Implementation: SCAQMD must assess technology that helps reduce air pollution and adopt or amend our rules to ensure that Best Available Retrofit Control Technology is required for facilities in the state greenhouse gas cap and trade program. There will be a state clearing house to share the BARCT information from different air districts.

AB 617 also requires moving towards more uniform statewide reporting and increases civil and criminal penalties for air pollution violations, adjusting strict liability penalty limits that have not been increased for decades. SCAQMD staff estimates that the total cost to implement AB 617 through the year 2039 is nearly $250 million, or an average of nearly $11 million per year. Therefore, SCAQMD will seek additional sources of funding to cover the added cost of these new requirements.

One of SCAQMD’s roles is to accelerate the commercialization and deployment of zero- and near-zero-emission mobile and stationary technologies by making financial incentives and programs available. For more than 19 years, grants under the Carl Moyer Program have been used to replace older heavy-duty diesel vehicles and equipment with cleaner technologies. With the passage of AB 617 and AB 134, the SCAQMD expects to receive $107.5 million in new funding for eligible projects under the Carl Moyer Program, with a majority of this funding allocated to projects that are located in environmental justice and low income communities.  Projects funded by the Carl Moyer Program include heavy-duty trucks and buses, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, cargo handling equipment and marine vessels.

After evaluation of all the Carl Moyer program Year 19 applications, a total of 101 projects, totaling $51.7 million, were approved.  As shown on the map below, which is based on CalEnviroScreen 3.0 MapsLink to external website., a total of $45.4 million or 88 percent of these projects are located in environmental justice and low-income communities.  

AB134_projects

Community Air Grants

The Districts and CARB are working hand-in-hand to implement AB 617 and improve community air quality. To support this endeavor, CARB is also offering Community Air Grants to community groups for enhancing education and outreach regarding AB 617, monitoring, and improving their air quality. This program allows flexibility for community-based organizations to participate in the AB 617 process and to build their own capacities to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce exposure to harmful air emissions in their communities. For more information visit CARB's Community Air Grants page Link to external website..


 

Programs of Related Interest

  • CATI – SCAQMD’s Community Air Toxics Initiative focused on identifying and reducing sources of hexavalent chromium and other air toxics currently in Paramount and Compton and additional communities in the future.

  • Refinery Monitoring – Under SCAQMD’s Rule 1180 and AB 1647, the region’s eight major oil refineries will need to start real-time monitoring for pollutants at their fence lines by 2020. In addition, SCAQMD will conduct air monitoring in the communities near these refineries.

  • MATES V – SCAQMD has been conducting detailed scientific assessments of the cumulative impacts of air toxics in Southern California communities since the 1990s. The Multiple Air Toxics Exposure Study V is the latest comprehensive study of levels of toxic air pollutants in our region, and includes an advanced monitoring component with a focus on refinery emissions.

  • AQ-SPEC – SCAQMD has established the nation’s first comprehensive evaluation center to test commercially available low-cost air quality sensors now being used by community groups, residents and others to gauge air pollution in their neighborhoods.

  • STAR grant – SCAQMD is the recipient of a prestigious STAR grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In collaboration with Sonoma TechnologyLink to external website. and the UCLA Fielding School of Public HealthLink to external website., this study will build capacity in six California communities to select, use, and maintain low-cost air pollution sensors and to interpret sensor data.


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