The AQMD's AB 1390 Policy
This policy addresses program funding distribution. The policy was approved by the AQMD's Board of Directors on January 23, 2003.
There is additional information about AB 1390 below on this page.
Our Air Quality Challenge
Air quality in the Sacramento region does not meet the state and federal health-based standards for ground-level ozone.
The entire population of the region is affected by ground-level ozone. Unhealthy air leads to increased rates of respiratory disease, especially in children. Nitrogen oxide emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone, also known as smog.
The Carl Moyer Program (a.k.a. The Heavy Duty Vehicle and Equipment Incentive Program)
The Carl Moyer Program promotes the introduction of low-emission technologies by providing incentive money to companies, fleet operators and individuals who are willing to reduce emissions from their heavy-duty vehicles and mobile off-road equipment.
Typical Carl Moyer Program projects include:
- purchase of new, low-emitting transit and school buses
- repowering of agricultural water pumps, off-road construction and agricultural equipment
- replacing or retrofitting heavy-duty diesel engines in on-road trucks
Carl Moyer Program Guidelines currently include geographical and cost-effectiveness restrictions.
Assembly Bill 1390 the AQMD to distribute not less than 50% of its Carl Moyer Program funds in a manner that directly benefits low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by air pollution.
50% of Carl Moyer Program funds must be spent in AB1390-designated areas beginning with Fiscal Year 2001/02 funds.
AB1390-designated areas will be identified using one or both of the following criteria based on the 2000 census data:
- A census tract with 50% or more of the population being non-white
- A census tract with 10% or more of the population living at or below the federal poverty level
Qualifying Carl Moyer Program projects must demonstrate a significant amount of operation either within an AB1390-designated area, within 1000 feet of a designated area or in a location shown to directly impact the air quality of a designated area.
Much of the western portion of the Sacramento region has been identified as qualifying under these criteria. If you know a company or individual that might qualify, please contact the AQMD at (916) 874-4800 or 1 (800) 880-9025 (toll free within Sacramento County). We will send them information about the Carl Moyer Program.