Recent legislation (AB 617) directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish the Community Air Protection Program to reduce exposure in communities most affected by air pollution. The goal is to prioritize air quality improvements in California’s most polluted communities through enhanced monitoring and targeted deployment of cleaner technologies, with expanded community participation.
- Identify the most heavily affected communities in California
- CARB will identify a handful of highly impacted, disadvantaged communities for implementation – the list of the communities selected in 2018 is available here.
- Deploy community-level air monitoring in these most impacted communities
- Adopt community-specific emission reduction plans in these communities
- Community selection is based on data from a statewide screening tool, low-income areas, public outreach, and other data sets and tools. Communities can also nominate themselves.
- For many regions, including Santa Barbara County, provide funding to replace dirtier diesel engines and equipment with cleaner ones.
- Implement new state emissions reporting system for criteria pollutants (such as ozone and particulate matter) and air toxics.
- Encourage installation of more pollution controls at industrial facilities.
- Increase penalties for polluters
- Conduct community outreach in several regions in Santa Barbara County.
- Talk with affected communities to identify eligible grant project types.
- Share project types with District Board of Directors
- Forward projects to CARB to allocate funding
- Implement grant projects to improve air quality in affected communities.
- Work with CARB to efficiently implement a statewide emission inventory reporting system that will be brought to the CARB Board later this year.
- Participate in a working group to develop a technology clearinghouse and to identify BARCT (Best Available Retrofit Control Technology) standards. These control technologies can greatly reduce emissions from engines and equipment.
- Potential revisions to District rules to meet the statewide BARCT standards.
The funding allocation from CARB is for diesel emissions reduction projects.
View infographic below for more on harmful effects of diesel emissions.
AB 617 requires each air district to adopt an expedited rule development schedule for the implementation of best available retrofit control technology (BARCT) at each industrial source subject to the California GHG Cap-and-Trade program. On December 20, 2018, the Board of Directors adopted the AB 617 BARCT Rule Development Schedule. This rule development schedule will allow the District to perform rule development proceedings to see if additional emission reductions can be feasibly attained at the six Industrial Sources within Santa Barbara County.
Funds are available from CARB for community-based organizations for technical assistance and projects that align with the goals of AB617. Examples of what Community Air Grants are being used to fund includes, but is not limited to:
- Community engagement and outreach related to AB 617
- Hiring consultants and/or technical experts
- Travel and logistical support for hosting and/or attending meetings related to AB 617 (i.e., room rental, meeting facilitation, transportation)
- Support for community operated air monitoring
- Data collection and analysis, including community based participatory research projects
For more information regarding these grants, please see here.
Local Community Air Grants: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians: Chumash Community Air Monitoring Network
This project will serve the Santa Ynez Chumash Reservation in Santa Barbara County. The Chumash Community Air Quality Monitoring Project will help improve air quality on the Reservation. This goal will be achieved through the establishment of a real-time monitoring network, strategic air quality sampling, community engagement and education, and tribal capacity building.
Air District: Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District
Amount Requested: $177,101.00
As part of a new state initiative called the Community Air Protection program, we asked about your top concerns about our air and the projects we can do to reduce diesel exhaust pollution. Thank you very much for your responses. We will be posting a summary of your responses soon.