Community Air Protection Program: Technical Summits - February 2018

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February 2, 2018

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Community Air Protection Program: Technical Summits - February 2018

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) invites you to participate in technical summits on the implementation of the Community Air Protection Program (Program).  

The Program was established as directed in Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C.Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) and provides a new community-focused action framework to reduce exposure in disadvantaged communities most impacted by air pollution. The bill recognizes that while California has seen tremendous improvement in air quality, some communities still suffer greater impacts than others.  It is these communities that require special attention and accelerated action.  AB 617 builds on the foundation of existing air quality legislation and programs by providing additional tools to target actions in communities that bear the greatest burdens.  Over the next several years, CARB and air districts will be working closely with community groups, community members, environmental organizations, and regulated industry to reduce harmful air emissions and create a new framework for community protection.  

AB 617 specifically sets out a planning framework for the Program that includes requirements for both CARB and the air districts, including a statewide monitoring plan and community-level air quality monitoring, a statewide strategy and community specific emission reduction programs (Action Plans), among other programmatic elements.  AB 617 includes near-term deadlines to ensure expeditious action to reduce exposure to criteria pollutants and air toxics.  By October 1, 2018, CARB must work with stakeholders to prepare a statewide monitoring plan and statewide strategy, as well as identify the most impacted communities for deployment of community air monitoring campaigns and/or development of Action Plans. 

Staff are drafting a concept paper that provides staff’s initial concepts for these elements.  Development of the Program is still in the early stages, and the concept paper provides an additional mechanism to seek continued advice and feedback to guide our efforts going forward. The summits will provide stakeholders with the opportunity to have a detailed discussion about the draft concept paper.  The summit presentations and concept paper will be posted prior to the first summit in English and Spanish and will be available on the web at the link below: 

Technical Summits Materials 


The summits will be held at the locations and dates shown below.  Each location will follow the same format and present the same material.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018
9:00 – 3:00 pm
Oakland Center
In the Trans Pacific Centre
1000 Broadway, Suite 109
Oakland, California 94607

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
9:00 – 3:00 pm
East Bakersfield Veterans Building
2101 Ridge Road
Bakersfield, California 93306

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
9:00 – 3:00 pm
University of California Riverside Extension
1200 University Avenue
Riverside, California 92507 

The events will begin with opening presentations followed by discussion and then continue with a series of breakout sessions.  The agenda can be found below. 


9:00 -10:30 AM

  • Opening Presentation (Local Air District and CARB)

10:30 -10:45 AM 

  • Break

10:45 -11:45 AM

  • Monitoring
  • Technology Clearinghouse, Emission Inventory
  • State Strategy/Community Action Plans

11:45 AM -12:15 PM  

  • Lunch

12:15 -1:15 PM

  • Monitoring
  • Technology Clearinghouse, Emission Inventory
  • State Strategy/Community Action Plans

1:15 -1:30 PM  

  • Break

1:30 -2:30 PM

  • Monitoring
  • Technology Clearinghouse, Emission Inventory
  • State Strategy/Community Action Plans

2:30 -3:00 PM  

  • Wrap up and Report Back 

These summits are part of continuing coordinated outreach efforts underway by CARB and air districts.  This includes community meetings, workshops, individual meetings, and other venues regarding the implementation of AB 617.  To receive meeting notices, please sign up for email updates below: 


More Information

For further questions, please contact Anna Scodel at (916) 327-1505.

Special Accommodations Request

Consistent with California Government Code Section 7296.2, special accommodation or language needs may be provided for any of the following:

  • An interpreter to be available at the meeting;
  • Documents made available in an alternate format or another language;
  • A disability-related reasonable accommodation.

To request these special accommodations or language needs, please contact Anna Scodel at (916) 327-1505 as soon as possible, but no later than five business days before the scheduled meeting.  TTY/TDD/Speech to Speech users may dial 711 for the California Relay Service.

Consecuente con la sección 7296.2 del Código de Gobierno de California, una acomodación especial o necesidades lingüísticas pueden ser suministradas para cualquiera de los siguientes:

  • Un intérprete que esté disponible en la audiencia;
  • Documentos disponibles en un formato alterno u otro idioma;
  • Una acomodación razonable relacionados con una incapacidad.

Para solicitar estas comodidades especiales o necesidades de otro idioma, favor de contactar a Andrea Juarez al (626) 450-6158 lo más pronto posible, pero no menos de 5 días de trabajo antes de la junta programada.  TTY/TDD/Personas que necesiten este servicio pueden marcar el 711 para el Servicio de Retransmisión de Mensajes de California.