State of California
AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Resources Agency Building
Auditorium, First Floor
1416 Ninth Street
March 27, 1986
86-3-1 Joint Meeting of the Air Resources Board and the 001
Research Screening Committee: Annual Update of
the Board's Long-Range Research Plan.
86-3-2 Status Report on EPA Program to Ensure all 066
Reasonable Efforts are Made to Attain the
National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone
a. Closed Session
1. Personnel (as authorized by State Agency Open Meeting
Act, Govt. Code Sec. 11126(a).)
2. Litigation (Pursuant to the attorney-client privilege,
Evidence Code Sec. 950-962, and Govt. Code Sec.
b. Research Proposals
c. Delegations to Executive Officer
ITEM NO.: 86-3-2
Status Report on EPA Program to Ensure All Reasonable Efforts Are
Made to Attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for
Ozone in California.
None. This is a status report.
The 1982 nonattainment area plans for four areas in California
did not demonstrate attainment of the national ambient air
quality standard for ozone by the statutory deadline of December
31, 1987. Those "post 87 areas" are Fresno County, the
Sacramento Air Quality Maintenance Area, the South Coast Air
Basin, and Ventura County. When the EPA proposed to disapprove
the plans for these areas and impose sanctions, the ARB urged
that areas which were making good faith efforts to attain the
standard not be penalized. Instead, the Board suggested that
criteria be developed to judge whether or not everything
reasonable was being done to attain the standard. In response to
the ARB's argument, the EPA generally approved the control
strategies for all four areas but took no action on the
attainment and reasonable further progress demonstrations in the
The Reasonable Extra Efforts Program (REEP) was developed by the
EPA in cooperation with the ARB and the affected air pollution
control districts to ensure that California's post 87 areas are
doing everything technologically feasible to attain the standard.
The initial effort focused on evaluating the effectiveness of
existing district measures to control volatile organic compounds
(VOCs). The staff of the Stationary Source Division worked with
EPA staff to identify the most stringent control measures
available for 16 categories of VOC emission sources.
Meanwhile, other components of air pollution control have also
been examined. As a result of meetings with ARB, EPA, and
district representatives, it was decided to increase the emphasis
on the REEP audits of district programs. It is felt that this
approach will provide increased air quality benefits. The
Compliance Division staff is working with the EPA to conduct
these program audits and to suggest improved ways to manage air
pollution control districts' programs. This reprioritization of
REEP activities has caused some schedule delays in the REEP but
should result in a better overall program.