AB 617 Updates: Community Emission Reduction Plans
At the September 2019 meeting, the Governing Board adopted Community Emissions Reduction Plans (CERPs) for the Shafter and South Central Fresno communities. The CERPs identify strategies for reducing the impacts of air pollution on the community. Proposed measures include:
- Incentive funding for heavy-duty mobile sources, including zero and near-zero emission heavy-duty truck replacement, yard trucks, truck refrigeration units, school buses, railcar movers, and locomotives;
- Incentives for electric passenger cars, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and a car share program;
- Agricultural funding for low-dust nut harvesters, alternatives to agricultural burning, and replacing diesel agricultural equipment, as well as efforts in coordination with the Department of Pesticide Regulation to reduce pesticide exposure;
- Stationary source rule amendments;
- Enhanced enforcement, including increased inspection frequency for facilities with violations;
- Funding to install advanced control technology at stationary sources; and
- Funding for transportation projects, including paving roads, bike path construction, and sidewalk installations.
In February 2020, CARB will consider both CERPs for approval.
Proposed Second-Year Communities
Southwest Stockton was approved as one of three new AB 617 communities to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Board in December 2019. Preliminary boundaries for the community are shown below. The SJVAPCD held the Community Kickoff Meeting on January 22, 2020, to begin the process of developing a Community Air Monitoring Plan and Community Emissions Reductions Program.