Through the planning,
environmental and entitlement processes, a lead agency may adopt mitigation measures or conditions of approval to reduce a project’s air emissions. Specific guidance on construction and operational mitigation is provided on this page. Consult the SacMetro AQMD Guide to Air Quality Assessment in Sacramento County for more details.
All construction projects should include Basic Construction Emission Control Practices. Additionally, projects with construction mitigation requirements must reduce emissions from off-road equipment. Some projects may be required to reduce emissions from on-road haul trucks and pay a mitigation fee.
Enhanced Exhaust Control Practices are the standard off-road equipment mitigation recommend by the SacMetro AQMD for on-site emissions. When on-site mitigation does not reduce emissions below the SacMetro AQMD thresholds a mitigation fee may be included.
NEW: Starting January 1, 2017, the SacMetro AQMD requests contractors use the new consolidated Construction Mitigation Tool, which includes off-road equipment, haul truck information, and emissions calculations in one spreadsheet. The old spreadsheets used for compliance are included in the archive section below.
Input project and equipment fleet information in the Construction Mitigation Tool spreadsheet (this is a zip file, save it and open it to extract the xlsm file). All owned, rental and subcontractor equipment should be included. The Tool will calculate emissions and provide the information to determine compliance.
Input haul truck information, if applicable to the project, in the Construction Mitigation Tool spreadsheet, section B of the Input_Data tab.
Keep copies of the completed Construction Mitigation Tool spreadsheet for your records.
Submit the completed Construction Mitigation Tool spreadsheet via email to SacMetro AQMD staff Karen Huss and Rachel Dubose (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 4 business days prior to work beginning. Please provide the project name in the email subject line.
SacMetro AQMD staff evaluate the submittal and provide a confirmation letter to the contractor and lead agency when compliance with the mitigation is determined. The confirmation letter allows work to proceed.
Equipment list with haul truck information
Construction mitigation calculator
Haul truck calculator
For projects required to mitigate on-road haul truck emissions, use section B of the Input_Data tab of the Construction Mitigation Tool spreadsheet. The Tool estimates on-road haul truck emissions. See steps 2 and 4 above for submitting on-road haul truck information.
When a project cannot fully mitigate construction emissions by implementing off-road and on-road measures, a fee may be assessed to acheive the remaining mitigation. Fees are adopted by the lead agency.
Currently the mitigation fee rate is $18,260 per ton of emissions. Each July the rate is adjusted.
On July 1, 2017, the mitigation fee rate will be $30,000 per ton of emissions. The mitigation fee rate is based on the cost effectiveness limit of the Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, which was adopted by the California Air Resources Board on April 27, 2017.
A 5% administrative fee is assessed in addition to the mitigation fee.
Projects that exceed the SacMetro AQMD operational emissions thresholds must mitigate the impacts using all feasible measures. SacMetro AQMD staff recommends an operational Air Quality Mitigation Plan (AQMP) be developed, which describes how emissions from the project will be reduced. The level of reductions needed for a project is determined in consultation with the lead agency and SacMetro AQMD staff.
Lead agencies also require mitigaton for project greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) that are determined to be significant. Ideally a project will implement measures from the lead agency's Climate Action Plan (CAP) or Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan (GHGRP) to mitigate GHG. If no CAP or GHGRP exists, the lead agency may require a project specific GHGRP.
The Recommended Guidance for Land Use Emission Reductions (Guidance) provides a description of the most current feasible mitigation measures and corresponding emission reduction potential. Project proponents should use the Guidance along with the California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod) to create AQMPs and GHGRPs.
In general, the Guidance in effect at the time the Notice of Preparation was issued for a project should be used. All versions of the Guidance are included in the following table.
When proponents use Guidance earlier than version 3.0, the associated Guidance for GHG Reduction document may also be used.
In some circumstances, additional mitigation measures may be necessary and can be developed using the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association's Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures, A Resource for Local Government to Assess Emission Reductions from Greenhouse Gas Mitigation.
SacMetro AQMD staff is committed to working with project proponents and lead agencies to develop AQMPs and GHGRPs. Lead agencies typically require plans to be reviewed and adequacy confirmed by the SacMetro AQMD prior to project approval. To facilitate this, project proponents should submit draft plans for review early in the development process.
Recommended Guidance for Land Use Emission Reductions
October 1, 2016 to Present
April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016
June 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015
July 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014
January 12, 2010 to June 30, 2013
August 15, 2007 to January 11, 2010
Before August 15, 2007