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Air Resources Board
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Sacramento, California 95814

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January 24, 2008
9:00 a.m.

Agenda Item #

 Agenda Topic

08-1-1:

Health Update: Health Effects by Occupation in the U.S. Trucking Industry
  Staff will present an assessment of the causes of death for about 54,000 Teamsters Union members. The study examined mortality effects by diesel vehicle use and by job type. This analysis of the U.S. trucking industry found an increase in mortality due to lung cancer and heart disease among drivers, compared to other categories, such as clerks and shopworkers. These results are consistent with previous studies showing an association between exposure to vehicle exhaust and an increased risk of death from lung cancer and heart disease.
  Staff Presentation More Information
   

08-1-2:

Public Meeting to Consider Research Proposals
  1. "Economic Value of Reducing Cardiovascular Disease Morbidity," RFP No. 07-301, San Diego State University Research Foundation, $392,036.
2. "Developing a California Inventory for Selected Applications of Perfluorocarbons, Sulfur Hexafluoride, Hydrofluorocarbons, Nitrogen Trifluoride, Hydrofluoroethers, and Ozone Depleting Substances," Institute for Research and Technical Assistance, $199,840.
3. "Development of a California-Specific Intermodal Freight Transport Model," University of Delaware, $199,937.
4. "Reducing Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Agricultural Soil Fumigation. Comparing Emission Estimates from Simplified Methodology," United States Department of Agriculture, $150,000.
5. "Environmental Justice Saturation Monitoring of Selected Pollutants in Wilmington," Desert Research Institute, $40,223, Augmentation to Contract No. 05-304.
  Staff Presentation More Information
   

08-1-3:

Report to the Board on the Air Resources Board's Action Plan for 2008
  ARB Executive Officer James Goldstene will brief the Board on major initiatives, rulemakings, and other activities scheduled for 2008.
  Staff Presentation
   

08-1-4:

Public Meeting to Consider the Approval of Grants under the Innovative Clean Air Technologies (ICAT) Program
  In response to a public solicitation of applications, ARB staff has received and reviewed proposals for the quality of their innovative technologies, their potentials for reducing air pollution and for commercial application in California, their potential economic benefits for California, the quality of the proposed demonstration projects, and their values to ARB's programs. ARB staff is recommending grants for three of the proposed projects.
  Staff Presentation
   

08-1-5:

Public Meeting to Consider Appointments to Fill Vacancies of the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) under AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act or 2006
  EJAC's role is to advise the Board in developing the scoping plan of emission reduction measures and any other pertinent matter during the implementation of AB 32. Staff recommends the Board appoint the recommended committee member and alternate replacements to fill vacancies in EJAC.
  Staff Presentation
   

08-1-8:

Public Hearing to Consider Amendments to the Verification Procedure, Warranty and In-Use Compliance Requirements for In-Use Strategies to Control Emissions from Diesel Engines
  Staff will propose amendments to the Verification Procedure that would increase the Procedure's flexibility in evaluating the growing complexity and diversity of diesel emission control technologies. The proposed changes would also allow the Procedure to better support the State's in-use fleet regulations through more robust evaluations of control technologies and expedited verifications of viable control technologies. In addition, clarifying language is included to make the Procedure more straightforward for applicants. The amendments include, among other things, verification requirements for control technologies that only reduce NOx emissions, new reduction classifications for NOx reducing technologies, new testing requirements, and conditional extensions for verified technologies.
  Staff Presentation More Information
   

07-12-10:

CONTINUED FROM THE DECEMBER 7, 2007 BOARD MEETING:
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 Board will consider a tabled motion to disclose, after 21 days' notice, 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 was claimed to be trade secret by all large volume manufacturers, is relevant to the upcoming rulemaking on proposed amendments to the ZEV regulation. Staff will also report on efforts to reach an agreement with manufacturers to disclose information sufficient to assure a transparent rulemaking process.
  Staff Presentation
   
  CLOSED SESSION - LITIGATION
  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. Goldstene, U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno), No. 1:04-CV-06663-AWI-GWA.

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., 127 S.Ct. 1438, 167 L.Ed.2d 248 (April 02, 2007.)
   


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