Clean Air -- California's Success and Future Challenges

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Speaking Notes Slide 7



Historical Slide : Meeting with Gas Masks



Speaking Notes :  Significant Legislative Events



1947

Air Pollution Control Act Signed by Governor Earl Warren

1959

Legislation established the ability for California to develop
ambient air standards and controls for motor vehicles.

1961

First Automotive Emission Control Technology Requirements

1963

First Federal Clean Air Act

1967

Governor Reagan esablishes the Air Resources Board to
coordinate all state's air pollution activities.

1969

First California Ambient Air Quality Standards


From 1950 to 1969, there was a surge of environmental awareness. During this time, several programs were established at the state and federal level to investigate the causes and to develop strategies to reduce air pollution. Some of these legislative actions included:

Note:   (Add from slide above or additional information below depending on time. See the reference
on California's Air Pollution History.
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1947

Air Pollution Control Act signed by Governor Earl Warren

1953

"Visible Emissions Program" to control black smoke. Established standard nationwide
and fuel switching from coal to natural gas implemented throughout the U.S.

1955

Federal Air Pollution Control Act to better understand the cause and effects of air pollution
and Los Angeles County Motor Vehicle Control Lab and State Bureau of Air Sanitation
Established.

1959

Legislation established the ability for California to develop ambient air standards
and controls for motor vehicles.
First ambient air standards established based on
observations of health.

1960

Motor Vehicle Control Board established to test and certify motor vehicle emission control
devices. Federal Motor Vehicle Act of 1960 provides research to address pollution from
motor vehicles.

1961

First automotive emission control technology requirements mandated in California
(first in nation) by the California Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board.

1963

First Federal Clean Air Act

1967

Air Resources Board coordinate all stateís air pollution activities. Mulford-Carrell
Air Resources Act signed by Governor Ronald Reagan created the California Air Resources Board by combining California Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board and Bureau of Air Sanitation and Lab.

1969

First California Ambient Air Quality Standards (In Todayís Form of Ppm/hr)



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