San Francisco Bay Area Air Quality Management Plans

This page last reviewed March 17, 2014

This page contains information regarding recent and historical SIP activity related to the San Francisco Bay Area.  Below you will find links to the 2012 PM2.5 emission inventory SIP submittal, the 2001 and 1999 Ozone Attainment Plans, and associated documents such as letters submitting the plans to ARB and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, resolutions, staff reports, emissions inventory, and public hearing notices.


2012 San Francisco Bay Area PM2.5 Emission Inventory

At a public meeting held on December 6, 2012, the Air Resources Board (ARB) approved the San Francisco Bay Area PM2.5 Emission Inventory submittal to the State Implementation Plan. The PM2.5 Emission Inventory was submitted to the U.S. EPA on January 14, 2013. The information on this page provides links to ARB and District documentation, as well as U.S. EPA actions.

ARB Documents District Documents U.S. EPA Documents and Actions
  • Direct Final Rule:  Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; California San Francisco Bay Area and Chico Nonattainment Areas; Fine Particulate Matter Emission Inventories [EPA-R09-OAR-2013-0599; FRL-9906-92-Region-9] [79 FR 14404] (pdf - 296 kb)
  • Final Approval:  Determination of Attainment for the San Francisco Bay Area Nonattainment Area for the 2006 Fine Particle  Standard; California; Determination Regarding Applicability of Clean Air Act Requirements [EPA-R09-OAR-2012-0782; FRL-9766-7] [78 FR 1760] (pdf - 258 kb) 
  • Proposed Rule:  Determination of Attainment for the San Francisco Bay Area Nonattainment Area for the 2006 Fine Particle  Standard; California; Determination Regarding Applicability of Clean Air Act Requirements [EPA-R09-OAR-2012-0782; FRL-9747-1] [77 FR 65521] (pdf - 272 kb) 


2001 Ozone Plan

On November 1, 2001, the Board approved the San Francisco Bay Area 2001 Ozone Attainment Plan for the 1-Hour National Ozone Standard (2001 Plan) as a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP). This was a continuation of the initial hearing of this item on July 26, 2001. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (District) and its co-lead agencies, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) adopted the 2001 Plan on October 26, 2001.

The District prepared the 2001 Plan because the Bay Area failed to attain the federal ozone standard by its 2000 deadline. As a result, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) disapproved the Bay Area's 1999 Plan and required a new plan with an updated volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions inventory, new transportation conformity budgets, and that shows attainment of the federal ozone standard by 2006.

The 2001 Plan contains a control strategy with seven new stationary source measures, five new transportation control measures (TCMs), and eleven further-study measures. In the 2001 Plan, the District also commits to strengthen the Smog Check program by requesting the State Bureau of Automotive Repair to implement two VOC-reducing program elements. The new measures and on-going programs will provide 271 tons per day of combined VOC and NOx emission reductions between 2000 and 2006. The 2001 Plan also includes a new attainment assessment based on currently available data for the Bay Area. The Bay Area co-lead agencies have committed to reassess the attainment assessment in 2003 using data from the Central California Ozone Study and to submit a revised SIP to U.S. EPA in 2004 with any needed modifications to the control strategy.

On November 30, 2001, ARB submitted the 2001 Plan to U.S. EPA for approval as a revision to the California SIP. To support the on-road motor vehicle emission inventory and transportation conformity budgets in the Plan, ARB also transmitted the San Francisco Bay Area-EMFAC2000 model to U.S. EPA for approval for the Bay Area.

ARB Documents

Plan Submittal: Letter from ARB to U.S. EPA submitting the 2001 Bay Area Ozone Plan as a SIP Revision.

ARB Resolution:  ARB Resolution 01-27 documenting Board action on the 2001 Bay Area Plan.

Hearing Notice:  Notice of continuation of public hearing to consider approval of the 2001 Bay Area Plan.

Staff Report:  ARB staff report that briefly describes air quality in the Bay Area, the contents of the 2001 Bay Area Plan, and ARB staff's evaluation of the Plan. 


District Documents

2001 Ozone Attainment Plan:  You will be directed to the Bay Area District's website.


 

1999 Ozone Plan

The ARB held a public hearing on July 22, 1999 to consider the San Francisco Bay Area Ozone Attainment Plan for the 1-Hour National Ozone Standard (1999 Bay Area Plan) as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). The Plan includes a 1995 emission inventory for volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx); an assessment of the emission reductions needed to attain the ozone standard by 2000; a control strategy; a new transportation conformity budget; and contingency measures. The District is committing to adopt new controls for polystyrene manufacturing, organic liquid storage, and gasoline dispensing facilities, as well as two new measures affecting aeration of contaminated soils.

Hearing Notice
Notice of ARB hearing to consider approval of the 1999 Bay Area Plan.

   
Staff Report ARB staff report that briefly describes:  air quality in the Bay Area, recent clean air plans and applicable requirements, the contents of the 1999 Bay Area Plan, and ARB staff's evaluation of the Plan. The staff report also includes the projected emission inventory for the year 2000 based on existing measures, which was not included in the Plan.
   
1999 Ozone Attainment Plan You will be directed to the Bay Area District's website.

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