Important Information About the CARB Criteria and Toxics Reporting Regulation

 This advisory provides FRAQMD business owners and operators information about potential state regulations currently being developed by the California Air Resources Board that may have a significant impact on businesses within the district.

During its December 2018 meeting, CARB adopted the “Regulation for the Reporting of Criteria Air Pollutants and Toxic Air Contaminants”, which requires affected businesses located in pollution impacted communities to annually report to the air districts and CARB their emissions from all permitted activities.  Simultaneously, CARB directed its staff to consider further refinements to the regulation’s applicability.  CARB staff responded to that direction, and on March 5, 2019 released proposed regulatory text which is available at: 

https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/our-work/programs/criteria-and-toxics-reporting

In the revised regulation, CARB staff have greatly expanded the scope of applicability and is now proposing that nearly all permitted sources in the state will be subject to these enhanced emissions reporting requirements.  Compliance with this new reporting mandate is expected to bring significant cost increases to all businesses in California, with small businesses likely to be the most affected.  Further, CARB staff is proposing to amend the regulation under an abbreviated “15-day” rulemaking process that both reduces the public’s opportunity to provide comments in time for them to be considered before regulatory changes take effect and does not require another public hearing before the Board.

CARB’s proposed changes are not sponsored by the FRAQMD.  Should you wish to learn more about CARB’s regulation, please visit CARB’s website listed above.  If you have questions or wish to submit comments on the proposed regulation, please contact CARB staff at  (redacted) or Patrick Gaffney at 916-322-7303.