Governor Brown signing AB617

Clearing California skies for 50 years

Fifty years ago, a broad coalition of California leaders united with a common goal, taking action on the severe air pollution that impacted health across our state. The result was the establishment of the California Air Resources Board and its pioneering actions to address air pollution.

With the passage of AB 617, signed by Governor Brown in July, the Board entered its next half-century committed to ensuring that all California residents, especially those in communities most impacted by air pollution, can breathe clean and healthy air.

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California Wildfires

The California Air Resources Board is supporting local officials with additional monitoring of smoke from wildfires burning in Northern California. Smoke is unhealthy to breathe. If you see or smell smoke we advise you to stay indoors and avoid outdoor activities. Children, the elderly and people with respiratory or heart conditions are the most at risk and should limit exposure.


Our Progress

California has made significant progress to reduce our exposure to harmful air pollutants, the result of regulations and programs based on sound science. These achievements reflect a collective and bipartisan effort over the past half century that involves the Legislature, air districts, regulated industries and the public.  We have come a long way but many in our state still breathe unhealthful air, and childhood asthma rates are above the national average.

There is far more work to be done. CARB stands ready as it enters its next 50 years to build on this strong environmental legacy and ensure that all Californians will breathe clean air.

Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 1967
Stage 1 & 2 smog alerts in 2016
Cut in black carbon since 1967

Board Meetings

The California Air Resources Board typically has monthly meetings with the agenda available at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. Board meetings are open to the public and also are available via webcast

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for October 26, 2017.