Air Resources Board
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El Monte, California 91731


December 6 & 7, 2007

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December 6, 2007
9:00 a.m.

Agenda Item #

 Agenda Topic


Health Update:A Review of Chronic Air Pollution Exposure and Adverse Effects on the Brain
  Staff will present a review of recent studies investigating the relationship between air pollution and adverse effects on the brain. The studies show that chronic exposure to air pollution is associated with inflammation and structural damage to the brain. These findings suggest that health impacts associated with exposure to air pollution are more far-reaching than previously thought.


More Information Staff Presentation


Public Meeting to Consider Appoinment to Replace a Member to the Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee
  The representative to the Assembly Bill 32 Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee from the California Chamber of Commerce has resigned from the Committee. Staff will ask the Board to approve the appointment to the Committee of Ms. Amisha Patel of the California Chamber of Commerce, effective immediately.


Public Meeting to Update the Board on a Climate Change Science Update: Action at a Local Level
  Staff will provide an update on how local cities and counties are implementing a variety of climate action strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  More Information Staff Presentation


Public Hearing To Consider Adoption of a Regulation for the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  Staff will present a proposed regulation establishing a mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting program for California. This regulation is being developed pursuant to requirements of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32, Statutes of 2006, Chapter 488). Under the proposed regulation the most significant sources of GHGs in the State would be required to report their GHG emissions annually, beginning in 2009. The proposed regulation includes detailed specifications for emissions calculations, reporting, and verification of GHG emission estimates. Key industrial sectors subject to reporting include the electricity sector, oil refineries, cement plants, cogeneration facilities, and other significant industrial sources of GHGs.
  More information Staff Presentation


Public Meeting to Consider Consideration the 1990 Statewide Greenhouse House Gas Emissions Level and 2020 Emissions Limit
  AB 32 requires ARB to determine what the statewide GHG emissions level was in 1990 and approve a statewide greenhouse gas emissions limit equivalent to that level to be achieved by 2020. Beginning with the California Energy Commission's "Inventory of California Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2004," staff undertook an extensive review of the methods and data used to develop the statewide GHG inventory, with particular focus on the 1990 statewide GHG emissions level. After completing a comprehensive review and update process, ARB staff is proposing for Board approval a 1990 statewide GHG level and 2020 limit of 427 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
  More Information Staff Presentation


Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of Gaseous Pollutant Measurement Allowances for California's Heavy-Duty Diesel In-Use Compliance Regulation
  In 2006, the Board adopted a new heavy-duty diesel in-use compliance regulation and test procedures, known as the manufacturer-run heavy-duty diesel in-use testing program. All testing in this program will be conducted by engine manufacturers with portable emission measurement systems (PEMS). ARB, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the Engine Manufacturers Association (EMA) agreed to fund a test program to determine a "measurement allowance" for each gaseous pollutant to account for any potential difference in measurement accuracy between measurements made with PEMS in the field and laboratory grade analyzers in the laboratory. The test program has been completed and ARB, U.S. EPA, and EMA have agreed on the appropriate measurement allowances.
  More Information Staff Presentation


Note: This item may go over into Friday, December 7.

Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of Proposed Regulations to Reduce Emissions from Diesel Auxiliary Engines on Ocean-Going Vessels While at Berth at a California Port
  The proposed regulations would require ocean-going vessels to reduce their emissions while docked at a California port.
  More Information Staff Presentation


Public Meeting to Consider Options Regarding the Requested Disclosure of Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Credit Data Based on Submittals by Vehicle Manufacturers Who Have Designated the Data as Confidential Trade Secret Information
  The staff will describe the potential options in responding to public requests for disclosure of information compiled by ARB from submittals by vehicle manufacturers of information on their production of ZEVs, partial ZEV allowance vehicles (PZEV) and advanced technology PZEVs, and any exchanges of ZEV credits. This information, which has been claimed to be trade secret by all large volume manufacturers, is relevant to the upcoming rulemaking on proposed amendments to the ZEV regulations.
  Staff Presentation 

December 7, 2007
8:30 a.m.



Report to the Board on the Nonattainment Area Recommendations for the Revised Federal PM2.5 24-Hour Standard
  Staff will present recommendations to the Board on proposed nonattainment areas for the revised federal PM2.5 24-hour standard. The 24-hour PM2.5 standard was recently revised from 65 ug/m3 to 35 ug/m3. These recommendations are to be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency by December 18, 2007.
  More Information Staff Presentation


Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of Proposed Regulation to Control Emissions from In-Use On-Road Diesel-Fueled Heavy-Duty Drayage Trucks at Ports and Intermodal Rail Yard Facilities
  The proposed regulation would require on-road heavy-duty diesel trucks servicing California's ports and intermodal rail yards to reduce their emissions by meeting specified emission standards.
  More Information Staff Presentation
  The Board will hold a closed session as authorized by Government Code section 11126(e) to confer with, and receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding the folllowing pending litigation:

Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Witherspoon, U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno), No. CIV-F-04-6663 REC LJO.

Fresno Dodge, Inc. et. al. v. California Air Resources Board and Witherspoon, Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 04CE CG03498.

General Motors Corp. et. al. v. California Air Resources Board and Witherspoon, Superior Court of California (Fresno County),No. 05CE CG02787.

Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 415 F. 3d 50 (D.C. Circ. 2005), Certiorari granted, 126 S. Ct. 2960 (June 26, 2006.)


Board members may identify matters they would like to have noticed for consideration at future meetings and comment on topics of interest; no formal action on these topics will be taken without further