In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), the Feather River Air Quality Management District is implementing the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or Program). The Program’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution. FRAQMD staff have been working closely with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on implementation of the CAPP, The FRAQMD would also like feedback from community groups, community members, environmental organizations, and regulated industries on their air pollution concerns within their communities. We welcome and encourage your participation in this effort.
FRAQMD's Actions Implementing AB 617 and Important Dates:
- December 4, 2017 - Adopted changes to Mutual Settlement Policy in response to AB 617
- April 2, 2018 - Adopted Grant Agreement to implement the CAPP
- Participation in CARB workgroups for emission inventory and BARCT/BACT
- Local Agency Workshops on AB 617
- Public Workshops in SB 535 Disadvantaged Communities, September 29, 2018 Yuba County Safety & Wellness Fair, 5730 Packard Avenue, Marysville, from 10 am to 2 pm
- First Year Community recommendations and monitoring plans adopted by CARB by October 1, 2018
- Deadline to submit project ideas and community feedback: October 15, 2018
- Enhanced particulate matter forecasting contract with STI November 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019
- CARB Board adopted Criteria and Toxics Reporting Regulation (CTR) December 14, 2018 Note: CARB has proposed amendments to the CTR, more info here: https://www.fraqmd.org/important-information-about-the-carb-criteria-and-toxics-reporting-regulation
- Expedited BARCT schedule posted January 1, 2019
- List of proposed projects for CAP Grants posted March 28, 2019
- Playzeum Touch A Truck event to receive community input April 6, 2019 from 11am-3pm
- FRAQMD Board Meeting to accept Year 2 implementation grant April 8, 2019
In September 2017, the governor and legislature established an early action component to AB 617 that would use existing incentive programs to get immediate emission reductions in the communities most impacted by air pollution. AB 134 appropriated $250 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to reduce mobile source emissions (including criteria pollutants, toxic air contaminants, and greenhouse gases) in those communities.
The Feather River AQMD has been allocated $500,000 of these funds for emission reduction projects in the first year of program funding. These funds will be used to implement projects under the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program in accordance with the 2017 Carl Moyer Guidelines and the Community Air Protection Funds Supplement to the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program 2017 adopted by CARB in April 2018. The projects should be located in and directly benefit SB 535 and AB 1550 communities. The District will prioritize zero-emission equipment projects.
Community participation will be relied on to inform program outreach and identify projects. From August 14, 2018, to October 15, 2018, the District accepted input regarding the funding priorities and project types. The District attended the Yuba County Safety & Wellness Fair on September 29th, 2018, to gather community input. The District has the following projects for consideration as of March 28, 2019:
- MJUSD replace two older diesel school buses with new, cleaner diesel buses
- City of Marysville replace three older diesel mowers and a bobcat loader with new, cleaner equipment
- City of Marysville Fire Department replace older gasoline UTV with electric UTV
- Sutter High School replace older diesel tractor with new diesel tractor
- Sutter Mutual Water Company replace older diesel tractor with new diesel tractor
For more information on the CAPP, please contact the District at (530) 634-7659 or visit CARB's website: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/community-air-protection-program-ab617.