February 26, 2001

Dear Sir or Madam:

The California Legislature has directed the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to prepare and submit recommendations to ensure consistency and predictability in the supply of rice straw for cost-effective uses (California Health and Safety Code 41865.5). The staff's draft recommendations will be discussed in a public workshop at the following date, time, and location.

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2001
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: University of California Cooperative Extension
Agricultural and Natural Resources
142A Garden Highway, Ag Building Meeting Room
Yuba City, California

The draft recommendations were developed in consultation with the California Department of Food and Agriculture and in cooperation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

The draft recommendations are available on the ARB's Rice Straw Supply website [http://www.arb.ca.gov/smp/rice/supply/supply.htm] for review and comment. To request printed copies, please contact Ms. Theresa Najita as noted below.

In addition, the upcoming 2001 Report to the Legislature on the Phase-Down of Rice Straw Burning in the Sacramento Valley will be briefly discussed at the end of this workshop. We are required to update this report every two years to track issues related to the phase-down of rice straw burning in the Sacramento Valley.

The facility is accessible to persons with disabilities. If accommodation is needed, please contact Ms. Stephanie Hernandez, Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator, at (916) 323-4916. Persons with hearing or speech impairments can contact us using our Telephone Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (916) 324-9531 or (800) 700-8326 for TDD calls from outside the Sacramento Area.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Theresa Najita at (916) 322-7297 or by email at tnajita@arb.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

Robert D. Fletcher, Chief
Planning and Technical Support Division

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