Release 01-44      

December 10, 2001


Jerry Martin
Gennet Osborn
(916) 322-2990

Particulate Standards Review to be Discussed at Air Board Workshop in Bakersfield

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold a workshop to discuss revisions to the state’s particulate matter and sulfate standards:

December 11, 2001
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kern County APCD Office
2700 "M" Street, #302
Bakersfield, California

A joint staff report from the ARB and Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment entitled "Review of the California Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter and Sulfates, a Report to the Air Quality Advisory Committee” will be discussed.  The report contains recommendations for revising the state PM10 standards and establishing a new PM2.5 annual standard.  A copy of the report, along with other information about the workshop series can be found here.

The Children's Environmental Health Protection Act (CEHPA) (Senate Bill 25, Escutia, 1999) mandated an evaluation of current California air quality standards to determine whether these standards adequately protect human health, particularly that of children. As a result of this evaluation, the particulate matter standards were identified as a top priority for review, with possible recommendations to the ARB for revisions of these standards.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB’s mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.

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