Message from Chair Mary D. Nichols and Executive Officer Richard W. Corey on CARB's response to COVID-19

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March 20, 2020

Message from Chair Mary D. Nichols and Executive Officer Richard W. Corey on CARB's response to COVID-19

In response to the evolving COVID-19 situation, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is re-tooling our workplace to be able to fulfill our mission while protecting public health and the health of our employees. We would like to acknowledge our team for their professionalism, humanity, and flexibility. Each of us at CARB is committed to do everything we can to ensure the continuity of operations throughout this difficult time.

We are following the guidance and recommended actions provided by the California Department of Public Health to keep ourselves and our communities safe. Through March, we have postponed large public gatherings, including Board hearings and symposia, and we will be modifying all other meetings by continuing to provide remote participation options and using best practices, including social distancing, if an in-person meeting is necessary. Workshop and workgroup notices will contain information specific to that meeting.

Internally, we are quickly implementing processes to minimize disruptions to CARB’s workflow, although some delays are inevitable. Our focus is to ensure business continuity at CARB, including proposing new and implementing existing regulations, enforcement, grant administration and invoice processing. In addition, many of our staff will be teleworking through the end of April. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves.

CARB’s regulations continue to be in effect and deadlines apply. If you have questions or concerns regarding CARB’s regulations or programs, please reach out to the assigned program contact but keep in mind that staff may be teleworking, so email will be the most expeditious way to make contact. If you need help identifying the appropriate contact, please visit CARB’s website.

Board members and staff at CARB are committed to advancing our clean air mission and our core values of service, accountability and excellence in everything that we do.

Finally, we want to thank you for your patience. As new information about Board hearing and meetings becomes available, we will share that through normal channels.



Mary D. Nichols, Chair
Richard W. Corey, Executive Officer