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 is developing a statewide community-focused
strategy to implement AB 617.
There are five central components to the new AB 617 mandate:
Additionally, CARB may direct additional grant funding to communities determined to have the highest air pollution burden.
For its part, the Sac Metro Air District has launched a new program to broaden our existing air quality efforts, plan for and improve awareness and community-level engagement on actions to reduce air pollution exposure and improve health in our communities. The District is engaging the public and conducting analyses to identify communities within Sacramento County for potential consideration for new air monitoring and emission reduction actions in the new CARB AB 617 program. The District’s preliminary recommendations are due to CARB by April 30, 2018, and final identification by July 31, 2018. CARB will make its final selection of first-year priority communities by October 1, 2018, followed by an annual review of community selections. The Sac Metro Air District AB 617 effort is underway, and District staff are working closely with CARB, local stakeholder groups, regional legislators and members of the community to discuss strategy and implementation of the new state mandate. Below are links to specific discussions of upcoming District efforts related to this program.
Community Air Monitoring
Community Emissions Reduction Programs
Retrofit Pollution Controls
Investments in Cleaner, Low-Carbon Mobile Sources