AB 617 Community Air Initiatives

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.  

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Event AB 617 Community Steering Committee Meeting; October 24, 2019


10/24/2019 AT 6:00 PM

AB 617 Community Steering Committee Meeting; October 24, 2019

This is part of a series of meetings for the committee and the public to provide input on the development of Community Air Monitoring Plans and Community Emissions Reduction Plans implemented through Assembly Bill (AB) 617 Community Air Initiatives.

Contact: Public Advisor , (909) 396-2432
East Los Angeles Service Center 133 N. Sunol Drive Los Angeles, CA 90063

AB 617 Community Steering Committee Meeting; October 24, 2019

10/24/2019 AT 6:00 PM

East Los Angeles Service Center 133 N. Sunol Drive Los Angeles, CA 90063

This is part of a series of meetings for the committee and the public to provide input on the development of Community Air Monitoring Plans and Community Emissions Reduction Plans implemented through Assembly Bill (AB) 617 Community Air Initiatives.

Public Advisor , (909) 396-2432


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 South Coast AQMD’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. South Coast AQMD will conduct extensive outreach to residents and other stakeholders to describe the program and seek input on how to implement it.

Community Steering Committees

Please visit the respective links below for each community approved for Year 1 implementation for updates:  

General FAQs on the Community Steering Committees are posted below: 

Community Identification & Prioritization Process, Meetings and Documents

South Coast AQMD is hosting a series of meetings to seek input on how to prioritize communities in our region for future air monitoring and emission reduction programs. These pages will contain meeting documents such as presentations, fact sheets, an infographic, community input and South Coast AQMD’s recommendations to CARB:


Community Steering Committee Interest:

To be considered for a Community Steering Committee, please complete and return a Community Steering Committee Interest Form to

Programs Receiving AB 617 & AB 134 Funding

In 2018, South Coast AQMD received $10.8 million in state funding to lay the groundwork for this new program. The main components of the program are:

  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. South Coast AQMD 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: South Coast AQMD 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: South Coast AQMD 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. South Coast AQMD will seek additional sources of funding to cover the added cost of these new requirements.

One of South Coast AQMD’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 South Coast AQMD 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.  


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

  • CAPP Link to external website.-  CARB’s Community Air Protection Program. CARB has established a Community Air Protection Program with statewide strategies to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution.  CARB has also provided a Community Air Protection Blueprint Link to external website. (Blueprint) that provides guidelines for AB 617 implementation.   

  • CATI – South Coast AQMD’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 South Coast AQMD’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, South Coast AQMD will conduct air monitoring in the communities near these refineries.

  • MATES V – South Coast AQMD 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 – South Coast AQMD 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 – South Coast AQMD 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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