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2018 Community Selection Process
Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) requires CARB to each year consider selecting communities to develop and implement focused actions to improve air quality in the community. In 2018, the CARB Board selected the first ten communities where these focused actions are to be developed. Each community has its own set of characteristics and air pollution sources and these ten communities will serve as models for focused community action in the future.
2019 Community Selection Process
Based on a number of factors and the lessons learned in the first year of the program as well as the budget available to ensure effective implementation, CARB staff believe it will be necessary to significantly limit the number of additional communities brought into the program in its second year. One of the main lessons learned is that building new community partnerships and developing and implementing effective community emission reduction programs takes time. The first communities are setting the foundation of the Program and in order to have a strong foundation, there must be a continued long-term resource commitment made in these communities. Funding is critical to successfully develop and carry out the actions that result in measurable emissions and exposure reductions in the communities. The State budget maintains the same level of funding in this fiscal year. Thus, adding more than about 3 new communities now would adversely impact the foundation being constructed with the first ten communities.
When the CARB Board selected the ten communities last year, it also provided guidance on the process for considering 2019 communities. The Board directed staff to draw from those communities that were priority recommendations from air districts and community based organizations in the prior year, but were not selected. In addition to any new communities, the Board also placed priority on those communities that were selected for air monitoring only in the prior year moving into development of an emissions reduction program, if the recommendation is supported by data and by the community steering committee.
While CARB staff intends to propose that the Board add a limited number of communities in 2019, efforts that benefit hundreds of communities statewide will continue including:
- Regulatory actions for clean transportation;
- Air district implementation of best available retrofit control technology (BARCT);
- AB 617 incentive funding;
- New emissions reporting regulation; and
- Community air grants.
CARB staff also believe that regulatory approaches and other innovative policies developed for selected communities can over time be applied elsewhere in the State in communities that have not been selected. CARB staff intends to discuss with air district, community, and industry stakeholders how to facilitate that progression.
CARB staff will be working with air districts and community based organizations to develop recommendations based on the above guidelines. In Fall 2019, CARB staff will conduct community outreach to present the draft list of communities proposed for selection. Following those outreach activities, CARB staff will release our final recommendations in November for the CARB Board to consider at the December 2019 Board meeting.
Important Dates for 2019 Selection Process
2019 Community Selection Process Webinar
October 30, 2019
Release of CARB Staff Report of the 2019 Community Selection Process
On or prior to November 12, 2019
CARB Board Hearing on the 2019 Community Selection Process
December 12th and 13th, 2019