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- Selection year: 2019
- Selected for: Community Air Monitoring Plan and Community Emissions Reduction Program
- Air District: San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
- CARB Community Lead Contact: Skott Wall
The Stockton Community is located at the northern end of the SJVAPCD. Sources impacting the community include major freeways such as Interstate 5 and Highway 99, the Port of Stockton, industrial facilities, and railyards offering a wide array of opportunities for emission reductions. The Stockton Community has a high cumulative exposure burden, a significant number of sensitive receptors, and the census tracts of the entire community have been designated as disadvantaged communities. The community was nominated in 2018 by the local community and environmental justice groups. CARB has received similar support for nomination this year as well. SJVAPCD held public workshops to provide the methodology for community identification and prioritization and solicited community input on 2019 community nominations. This public process was used to identify Stockton as a recommended community and was approved by the SJVAPCD Board on September 19, 2019.
Community Air Monitoring
The Community Air Monitoring Plan identifies areas of interest for AB 617 monitoring such as stationary and mobile sources, monitoring site locations, sampling schedules, and types of equipment and strategies. The plan was designed to obtain detailed air pollution levels through the Community, determine areas in the community of highest risk, quantify sources of air pollution within the community, and to position the Community to develop emissions reduction strategies and monitor the effectiveness of those strategies.
CARB and the District have historically implemented air monitoring which includes regulatory monitoring in San Joaquin County. The AB 617 community air monitoring plan is specifically designed with the community steering committee input to measure and collect localized and elevated air pollution levels data. The District considered health statistics, air quality concerns from residents in multiple communities, as well as screening tools that combine environmental, health, and socio-economic information to calculate community-wide risk factors in the planning and implementation of community air monitoring. Community-level expertise through steering committee meetings and input from a broad range of stakeholders supported the District's development of this plan.
The collection of comprehensive air quality data is essential to develop emissions reduction plans and strategies. The monitoring data will be provided to CARB once available and can be downloadable on AQView where monitoring data from other AB 617 community air monitoring plans are also included.
Community Emissions Reduction Program
Under AB 617, the District’s role includes the development and adoption of a community emission reduction plan, or CERP, for each selected community, in consultation with CARB, and residents, affected sources, and local governmental bodies in the affected community. The timeframe for adopting the CERP is short: the District is required by AB 617 to adopt a CERP for each selected community within one year of that community’s selection by CARB. A community emission reduction plan may include additional regulatory efforts by the District, if appropriate. However, CERPS will, at a minimum, itemize clean air projects and identify funding for those projects, including investments in replacements of fireplaces, trucks, automobiles, and other polluting equipment and vehicles with cleaner equipment. Significant funding has recently been made available for investment in community-level clean air projects, and CERPs, developed in consultation with the community steering committees, will identify where those funds will be spent.
Community engagement is a key part of the AB 617 program. Air districts are responsible for convening a community steering committee using an open and transparent nomination process. Community steering committees create new, and foster existing, local partnerships which drive the AB 617 program. In this advisory role, community steering committees oversee the development and implementation of the program such as in community identification, community air monitoring, and community emissions reduction programs. The steering committee aims to identify metrics, track progress, solicit, and share information with the Stockton community. The current Community Steering Committee was selected representing a diverse range of community viewpoints.
The current Community Steering Committee charter describes the Stockton Community Steering Committee membership process, how meetings are conducted, and how information is made available to its members and the public.