CARB approves first emissions reduction plans for three Southern California communities


The California Air Resources Board has approved the first three Community Emissions Reduction Programs (CERP) within the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) under Assembly Bill 617.

Residents living in the three communities are heavily impacted from high levels of air pollution sources including ports and inland warehouses traffic. The plans were developed under the requirements of AB 617, requiring community-driven action to identify, to monitor and to reduce air pollutants of specific concern to each of community. The plans approved are for:

Wilmington, Carson, West Long Beach. Some of the key strengths for the Wilmington, Carson, West Long Beach CERP are the rules for flaring and equipment used at refineries, fenceline monitoring at refineries and incentives for port-related equipment. Other recommended actions to strengthen implementation identified for the Air District, CARB, and steering committee to work together are to prioritize strategies and utilize enforcement feedback.

East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, West Commerce. The East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, West Commerce Community CERP will focus on a railyard Indirect Source Rule (ISR, a local regulation used to control or reduce emissions associated with new and existing indirect sources), use new technologies to help target incentives and enhanced enforcement for trucks.

San Bernardino, Muscoy. Focus on a warehouse Indirect Source Rule, air monitoring at concrete batch and asphalt plants and air filtration at schools are a key strength of the San Bernardino, Muscoy Community CERP. It will also conduct quarterly idling sweeps for neighborhood truck traffic.

The community emissions reduction programs were developed through a partnership between the South Coast Air Quality Management District and community steering committees for each of the three communities, which include community residents, local businesses, air district representatives and other stakeholders to develop the specific emission reduction strategies included in each of the programs.

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