WE are working together to ensure that everyone benefits from our air quality efforts.
As part of statewide efforts to implement Assembly Bill 617, the Air District’s Community Health Protection Program partnered with the California Air Resources Board, other local air districts, community groups, community members, environmental organizations, regulated industries and other key stakeholders to reduce harmful air pollutants. The highly impacted areas of Richmond-San Pablo and West Oakland were selected by CARB as year-one priority communities.
richmond community summit
Community members from the Richmond-San Pablo area are partnering with the Air District to develop a Community Air Monitoring Plan under the AB 617 program, which will guide new air monitoring in the area. In July 2019, the Steering Committee selected initial air monitoring projects to collect data throughout the community that will inform strategies to reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution and protect public health. Steering Committee members include Richmond-San Pablo residents and non-profit organizations, as well as representatives from government, industry and education.
West oakland community action plan
The Air District and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project adopted Owning Our Air, a joint West Oakland Community Action Plan.
West Oakland is bounded by the Port of Oakland, the Union Pacific rail yard and the I-580, I-880 and I-980 freeways, which results in a high concentration of industrial activity. Owning Our Air lays out a series of strategies and measures to be implemented over the next five years by state, regional and local agencies to further air pollution reductions in West Oakland.
TECHNICAL ASSESSMENT TO INFORM THE WEST OAKLAND COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN
In partnership with the WOEIP and the West Oakland Steering Committee, the Air District completed regional and innovative hyperlocal air quality modeling and exposure assessments to identify the most significant sources of fine particulate matter and toxic air pollutants impacting West Oakland residents in support of their community emission reduction program.
REFINERY RULES TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP
The Air District has expanded its stakeholder engagement efforts on refinery rule development activities through the formation of the Refinery Rules Technical Working Group.
The technical working group, which includes representatives from the refinery industry, communities and regulatory agencies, serves as a forum for members to engage in technical discussions, voice concerns and issues, and provide early input into development of rules affecting refineries. These technical working group meetings have provided Air District staff with valuable early input and feedback for consideration in the rule development process.