Board Member Report: August 23, 2021
Please see below for upcoming public events for the week of August 23, 2021.
Public Workshop on Modifications to Clean Cars 4 All Guidelines: On August 24 via remote access, CARB staff will hold a public workshop to discuss the guidelines for the Clean Cars 4 All (CC4A) program. Following a discussion on the potential modifications to allow for statewide expansion of CC4A (also known as the Enhanced Fleet Modernization Project), CARB staff will then open the discussion for public input and questions. CC4A was established by Assembly Bill (AB) 630 (Cooper, 2017) and provides incentives for lower-income consumers within disadvantaged communities who scrap old vehicles and purchase new or used hybrids, plug-in hybrids, or zero-emission vehicles (ZEV). The budget summary for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021-22 allocates $400 million over three years for the statewide expansion of CC4A; therefore, CARB will need to modify the program guidelines to enable this change.
Public Workshop to Discuss the Community Emissions Reduction Plan for the Portside Community in San Diego: On August 24 via remote access, the public is invited to participate in a public workshop to discuss CARB’s role in the Portside Environmental Justice Neighborhoods Community Emissions Reduction Plan (Plan). The Plan was developed as part of CARB’s Community Air Protection Program pursuant to AB 617 (Garcia, 2017) which requires community-focused action to reduce air pollution and improve public health in communities that experience disproportionate burdens from exposure to air pollutants. It lays out a series of measures to be implemented over the next five years by local, regional, and state agencies to reduce air pollution in the Portside Community. CARB selected the Portside Community in September 2018. At this workshop, CARB staff will present their review process for the plan and will engage in an interactive dialogue with community members, community-based organizations, and the public.
Public Work Group Meeting on Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program: On August 25 via Zoom, CARB staff will host a virtual public work group meeting to discuss proposed changes to the Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO). The discussion will include an overview of key program updates, outcomes from the June work group, and proposed additional program changes. CMO provides funding for the design and implementation of clean mobility projects in California’s under-resourced communities and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health particularly in disadvantaged communities.
Public Work Group Meeting to Discuss Clean Vehicle Rebate Project: On August 26 via remote access, a second public work group meeting to discuss the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) for FY 2021-22 will be facilitated by CARB staff. At this meeting, discussion with stakeholders will continue possible program change considerations as well as the development of a three-year plan for CVRP to be included in the FY 2021-22 Funding Plan for Clean Transportation Incentives. CVRP is designed to support long-term transformation of California’s light-duty vehicle fleet by increasing the number of ZEVs in the State.
Public Workshop on Transportation and Refrigeration Units: On August 26 via webinar, CARB staff will hold a public workshop on Transportation and Refrigeration Units (TRU). Topics that will be covered include regulation applicability, hiring and contracting TRUs, compliance requirements, and registration and labeling. TRUs are used on semi-trailers, truck vans, shipping containers, and rail cars and most are diesel-powered. To reduce risk of exposure to diesel particulate matter from TRUs, owners, operators, dispatchers, and distribution centers must comply with the TRU Airborne Toxic Control Measures.
Environmental Justice Advisory Committee Public Meeting: On August 26 via Zoom, CARB will host a public meeting for the AB 32 (Núñez, 2006) Environmental Justice Advisory Committee. The committee is comprised of representatives from California communities most heavily impacted by air pollution, including those communities with minority or low-income populations. This upcoming virtual meeting is open to the public and includes a public comment period.