Similar to Community Air Monitoring, AB 617 requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB), with input from air districts, to select communities in which to develop and adopt community emission reduction programs. These programs will outline new strategies, implementation schedules and enforcement activities to reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution for those communities determined to be impacted based on the new air monitoring. On September 27, 2018 the CARB board of directors selected 10 communities in the state to develop and implement a community reduction plan and/or monitoring plan. The South Sacramento - Florin community was identified for air monitoring. In future years, the information collected from air monitoring will provide valuable information for the development of emission reduction strategies in the South Sacramento - Florin community to reduce air pollution burdens.
AB 617 requires California air districts in nonattainment areas to adopt, by January 1, 2019, an expedited schedule to implement Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) rules for industrial sources subject to Cap-and-Trade limits on greenhouse gas emissions. BARCT emission standards must be fully implemented no later than December 31, 2023.
On October 25, 2018, the Sac Metro Air District Board of Directors adopted an expedited schedule to implement BARCT in Sacramento County. The District has identified three industrial sources and subject facilities to which the AB 617 BARCT requirements apply: process heaters (Air Products Manufacturing Corporation), industrial combustion engines (California Resources Production Corporation), and natural gas production equipment, such as wellheads, pneumatic devices, liquid storage tanks, compressor seals, gylcol dehydrator vents, and component leaks (California Resources Production Corporation).
In establishing BARCT, the District will consider local public health and clean air benefits to the surrounding community, the cost-effectiveness of control options, and the air quality and attainment benefits.