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Community Selection Process
Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) directs CARB to select communities around the State with high cumulative air pollution exposure burdens, and to focus additional efforts in those communities, to better address, and improve air quality in those communities. This selection process must be done by October 1, 2018, and updated yearly after that. AB 617 instructs CARB to prioritize disadvantaged communities and sensitive receptor locations in the selection process based on air quality monitoring information, public health data and other relevant information.
CARB will follow a 3-step public process for community selection as summarized below.
Step 1: Identification – CARB staff will develop a broad list of communities for inclusion in the program, drawing from recommendations from air districts, from community members, and from CARB’s own understanding of air pollution data. CARB will release a first draft of this list in May 2018.
Step 2: Assessment – CARB staff will work with air districts to assess the cumulative air pollution exposure burden in each community on the list based on the factors outlined below. CARB will release this assessment in summer 2018.
Step 3: Selection – CARB staff will develop recommendations on the selection of communities for the first year of program implementation. CARB’s Governing Board will consider staff’s recommendations at its September 2018 public hearing. The CARB Governing Board will select communities for focused action to reduce pollution and/or for the deployment of air pollution monitoring systems in the first year.
Air District and Community Self-Nomination Submittals Received
As part of Step 1 (Identification) in the community selection process outlined above, the following provides initial submittals CARB received from community members and air districts, as of April 30, 2018.
Air Districts initial submittals as of April 30, 2018.
Community self-nominations as of June 29, 2018.
Process and Criteria for Community Selections
This document outlines how community recommendations will be submitted from community members and air districts. Comments received for this document will be reflected in the Implementation Plan to be released in Summer 2018.
A brief document provided at the April 24, 2018 Consultation Group meeting explaining the community selection process for 2018.
Community Air Protection Program Related Sources
For data sources, tools, and approaches to air district assessment, please refer to the Community Air Protection Program Data Sources for Developing Assessments.
Preliminary Table of Metrics
CARB staff is developing a Statewide Assessment of the cumulative air pollution exposure burdens in impacted communities to help support staff’s selection of communities to recommend for consideration by the CARB Governing Board in the first year of the Program.
In advance of the Statewide Assessment, two preliminary draft tables of assessment metrics have been developed and are available for download below. The draft tables provide a high level, census tract summary across the entire State of the factors for assessing cumulative air pollution exposure burdens. Additional information on the methodologies used in developing the tables is available in the files below. Staff are seeking public comment on the data sources contained in these draft tables as well as whether other additional statewide data sources that might be available for consideration.
The statewide data in these tables will complement more detailed local community-level assessments that will be part of community recommendation submittals by air districts and community-based organizations. CARB staff will draw on the data presented in the table of metrics along with analyses conducted by air districts and community-based organizations to support the Statewide Assessment.