August 29, 2020
In September 2018, The California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program and approved the “Community Air Protection Blueprint” to implement Assembly Bill (AB) 617. AB 617 requires community-focused action to reduce air pollution and improve public health in communities that experience disproportionate burdens from exposure to air pollutants according to an August 20, 2020 Trinity Consultants Report.
After a nomination process, CARB selects communities each year to implement community emissions reduction programs, community air monitoring programs, or both.
For all communities selected by CARB to develop a community emissions reduction program, the applicable air district must develop and adopt a community emissions reduction program within one year of selection. They must then submit the community emissions reduction program to CARB for consideration.
South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has developed a “Community Emissions Reduction Plan” (Plan) for each of its communities targeted for emission reductions, including Wilmington, Carson, West Long Beach, East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, West Commerce, San Bernardino, and Muscoy.
CARB staff have reviewed each community’s Plan. All three Plans seek to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen and diesel particulate matter from mobile and stationary sources; the Wilmington/Carson/Long Beach Plan also aims to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds and sulfur oxides from its refineries and ports.
On September 10, 2020, CARB will be conducting a remote public meeting to consider the Plans and CARB staff’s recommendations for Board Action for the following communities in SCAQMD jurisdiction:
1. Wilmington, Carson, West Long Beach (12:00 PM)
2. East Los Angeles, Boye Heights, West Commerce (no earlier than 4:00 PM)
3. San Bernardino, Muscoy (following East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and West Commerce communities)
What this means to you
On September 10, 2020 CARB will be conducting a remote public meeting to consider Community Plans and CARB staff’s recommendations for Board Action for three communities in SCAQMD jurisdiction. All three Plans seek to reduce emissions of oxides of nitrogen and diesel particulate matter from mobile and stationary sources: Wilmington, Carson, West Long Beach/East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, West Commerce/San Bernardino, Muscoy.
MIRATECH can help
Contact MIATECH for stationary engine compliance within California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District.