AB 617 Update: West Oakland Community Action Plan Approved

Jan 29, 2020 | Air Quality

In October 2019, the West Oakland Community Action Plan was unanimously approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board of Directors, an important milestone for AB 617, which focuses on improving air quality in communities with a “high cumulative exposure burden.” The strategy for air quality improvement focuses on a reduction in diesel particulate matter and particulate matter less than 10 and 2.5 microns in size (PM10 and PM2.5).

The Action Plan sets milestones for years 2025 and 2030, and reductions target Port of Oakland activities and road dust from surface streets. However, the Action Plan’s implementation strategy also includes regulatory actions beginning in 2020 from CARB and the BAAQMD for other businesses. CARB has committed to further develop requirements in 2020 for lower-emitting trucks, buses, and cargo handling equipment. According to the Action Plan’s strategy, the BAAQMD will implement new and modified requirements in the coming years, including:

  • A new Regulation 13, Rule 4 (Rule 13-4) (Sewage Treatment and Anaerobic Digestion) in 2021;
  • More stringent volatile organic compound (VOC) limits for Rule 8-5 (Organic Liquid Storage Tanks) in 2020;
  • Development of new regulations on VOC emissions from auto-body coating operations beginning in 2023; and
  • Amendments to Rule 6-4 (Metal Recycling and Shredding) and Rule 12-13 (Founding and Forging) for PM10 and PM2.5 beginning in 2024.

An Action Plan has not yet been developed for the other AB 617 community within the BAAQMD, the Richmond-San Pablo area.

For more information, view the West Oakland Community Action Plan on the District’s website.

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