Community Air Protection Program AB 617
In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or Program). The Program’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution. CARB staff has already begun working closely with local air districts, community groups, community members, environmental organizations, and regulated industries to develop a new community-focused action framework for community air protection.
This first-of-its-kind statewide effort, established by AB 617, includes community air monitoring and community emissions reduction programs. In addition, the Legislature has appropriated funding to support early actions to address localized air pollution through targeted incentive funding to deploy cleaner technologies in these communities, as well as grants to support community participation in the AB 617 process. AB 617 also includes new requirements for accelerated retrofit of pollution controls on industrial sources, increased penalty fees, and greater transparency and availability of air quality and emissions data, which will help advance air pollution control efforts throughout the State. This new authority provides an opportunity to continue to enhance our air quality planning efforts and better integrate community, regional, and State level programs to provide clean air for all Californians.
Building the Program will take time as we learn from initial efforts, collect additional data, and continue to integrate a community-focused lens into our multiple planning efforts statewide. We welcome and encourage your participation in this effort.
|Summary of Milestones|
AB 617 signed by Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.
By October 2018
The California Air Resources Board selects communities for action in the first year and establishes program requirements.
CARB launches the Technology Clearinghouse listing the cleanest pollution control technologies:
Best Available Control Technologies (BACT)
Best Available Retrofit Control Technologies (BARCT)
Best Available Control technologies for Air Toxics (T-BACT)
By Late 2018
Air districts form community steering committees for first year communities and begin to develop the community emissions reduction programs.
By January 2019
Air Districts develop expedited schedules for implementing BARCT, which must be implemented by the end of 2023.
By July 2019
Air districts deploy monitoring in first-year communities selected for community air monitoring systems.
By September 2019
Air districts adopt programs in the first-year communities selected for community emissions reduction programs.
By December 2019 & annually thereafter
The California Air Resources Board selects additional communities for air monitoring and community emissions reduction programs.
The Board considers air districts community emissions reduction programs.
By October 2020
Air districts provide annual reports for first-year communities selected for community emissions reduction programs.
By January 2021 & annually thereafter
Within one year after the selection of additional communities, air districts adopt community emissions reduction programs
By September 2023
The California Air Resources Board updates the Statewide Strategy, which is required to be updated once every five years.