CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Auditorium, Room 1138
107 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
October 24, 1985
85-15-1 Public Meeting to Consider a Report on the 001
"Reasonable Efforts Program" for Emissions
Reduction Goals for Motor Vehicles.
85-15-2 Public Meeting to Consider Approving Guidelines 033
for the Issuance of Permits by Air Pollution
Control Districts for Hazardous Waste Incineration
85-15-3 Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to Section 070
70200, Title 17, California Administrative Code,
Regarding the Short-Term (One Hour) State Ambient
Air Quality Standard for Nitrogen Dioxide.
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.: 85-15-1
Public Meeting to Consider a Report on the Reasonable Efforts
Program Emission Reduction Goals for Motor Vehicles.
The Air Resources Board's (the "Board") staff recommends that the
Board adopt the emission reduction goals for motor vehicles as an
element of the California Reasonable Efforts Program. No
regulatory action will be taken at this meeting.
Section 172(a)(2) of the federal Clean air Act establishes a
December 31, 1987, deadline for states to demonstrate attainment
of the federal ambient air quality standards for ozone and carbon
monoxide. At least five of California's urban areas are expected
to fail to meet this deadline. The Clean Air Act provides for
the imposition of economic sanctions on areas that fail to
demonstrate attainment by 1987. EPA has interpreted the Act to
distinguish between areas with particularly severe problems which
are doing the best they can to attain, and areas which will not
attain because they have failed to implement reasonable and
available controls. Areas which demonstrate to EPA that they are
making "all reasonable efforts" to attain standards as
expeditiously as practicable will be spared sanctions as long as
they continue to make such efforts.
The Board's staff is proposing adoption of motor vehicle emission
reduction goals as the ARB's initial contribution to
demonstrating that California is making all reasonable efforts.
Goals were developed for both hydrocarbons (which contribute to
ozone formation) and carbon monoxide, both of which are emitted
from motor vehicles. If achieved, the goals would result in
reduced ozone levels statewide and attainment of the national
ambient standard for carbon monoxide by the year 2000 in the
South Coast Air Basin.
The goals can largely be achieved through the adoption of
measures to ensure that the fleet of passenger cards and light-duty
trucks meet their certification standards in customer
service. (Current vehicles exceed the new vehicle emission
standards very early in their lifetime, producing significant
excess emissions). If additional emission reductions are
required, more stringent emission standards could be adopted or
new technology (e.g. methanol as an alternative fuel or electric
vehicle use) could be promoted.
SUMMARY AND IMPACTS OF PROPOSED BOARD ACTION
Attainment of the emission reduction goals will result in a
reduction of 80 and 870 tons per day hydrocarbons and carbon
monoxide, respectively, for the South Coast Air Basin in the year
2000. Upon approval by the Board, the motor vehicle emission
reduction goals will guide the ARB staff in the development of
control measures. There are no economic or emission impacts
associated with setting the goals. When specific control
measures are proposed to achieve the goals, their impacts will be