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AB 617 BACKGROUND

In 2017, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) to develop a new community focused program to more effectively reduce exposure to air pollution and preserve public health. This bill directs the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and all local air districts, including the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (Sac Metro Air District or District), to take measures to protect communities disproportionally impacted by air pollution. With input from communities and air districts throughout California, CARB developed a Community Air Protection Blueprint to implement AB 617.

There are five central components to the new AB 617 mandate:

  • Community-level air monitoring

  • A state strategy and community specific emission reduction plans

  • Accelerated review of retrofit pollution control technologies on industrial facilities subject to Cap-and-Trade

  • Enhanced emission reporting requirements

  • Increased penalty provisions for polluters

Additionally, CARB may direct additional grant funding to communities determined to have the highest air pollution burden.

MORE ABOUT AB 617

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AB 617 BLUEPRINT

Click Below to read the AB 617 Blueprint

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AB 617 CORRIDOR

Click below to view the map of the AB 617 Calexico, Heber, & El Centro Corridor

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GLOSSARY

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TIMELINE

Click Below to View the AB 617 Timeline

Checklist

COMMUNITY AIR MONITORING CHECKLIST

Click Below to View the Checklist for Developing Action-Oriented Community Air Monitoring Plans