Air Resources Board
1001 I Street, 2nd Floor
Byron Sher Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814


April 23 & 24, 2009


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April 23, 2009
9:00 a.m.


Agenda Item #

 Agenda Topic
09-4-1: Health Update: Asthma Onset and Exacerbation in Children Exposed to Traffic-Related Air Pollution
Staff will present highlights of a study which investigated the relationship between childhood asthma and air pollution in Southern California.  The investigators found a significant increase in asthma onset in children exposed to increased levels of traffic-related air pollution.  In addition, staff will present the latest findings on the worsening of childhood asthma associated with exposure to traffic.
More Information    Staff Presentation
09-4-2: Public Meeting to Consider 4 Research  Proposals
1.    “Personal, Indoor, and Outdoor Particulate Air Pollution and Heart Rate Variability in Elderly Subjects with Coronary Artery Disease,” University of California, Irvine, $235,000, Proposal No. 2666-264.

2.    “Central Nervous System Effects of Ambient Particulate Matter: The Role of Oxidative Stress and Inflammation,” University of California, Irvine, $309,141, Proposal No. 2667-264.

3.    “Chamber Study and Model Development,” University of California, Riverside, $474,229, Proposal No. 2671-264.

4.    “A Field Experiment to Assess the Impact of Information Provision on Household Electricity Consumption,” University of California, Los Angeles, $173,934, Proposal No. 2679-264.

More Information    Staff Presentation
 09-4-3: Public Meeting to Consider Changes to the Research Screening Committee Membership
Staff will propose a new member to fill the vacancy left by Dr. Bob Devlin’s resignation.  The Board's legislatively mandated Research Screening Committee consists of scientists, engineers, and others who are knowledgeable, technically qualified, and experienced in air pollution problems.  The Committee meets approximately four times a year to review proposed and completed research projects. 
  Staff Presentation
09-4-4: Public Hearing to Consider Adoption of a Proposed Regulation to Implement the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
Staff will propose for the Board’s consideration the Low Carbon Fuel Standard regulation.  The proposed regulation is designed to result in a reduction of the carbon intensity of gasoline and diesel transportation fuels by at least ten percent from their 2006 levels.  When fully implemented, this will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 15 million metric tons a year (CO2 equivalent).
More Information    Staff Presentation
Michael O'Hare Presentation     Thomas W. Hertel Presentation

April 24, 2009
8:30 a.m.


09-4-5: Public Meeting to Consider the Small Business Toolkit for Reducing Greenhouse Gases
Staff will present ARB’s Small Business Toolkit, designed to facilitate voluntary greenhouse gas emissions reductions among small California businesses.  Toolkit components include actions to save money, financial resources, California success stories, a business specific carbon calculator, and a small business award program.  ARB staff partnered with Next 10, Berkeley Institute for the Environment at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission to develop the Toolkit.  The Toolkit was previously identified as an Early Action Item in 2007.
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09-4-6: Public Hearing to Consider the Adoption of a Proposed Regulation for Assembly Bill 118 Air Quality Improvement Program Guidelines 
Staff will present a proposed regulation for Assembly Bill (AB) 118 Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Guidelines.  AB 118 (Nunez, 2007) provides ARB with $50 million annually for AQIP to fund a variety of air quality incentives, and requires ARB to adopt AQIP guidelines.  The proposed Guidelines define the program’s structure and establish minimum administrative implementation requirements.
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09-4-7: Public Meeting to Consider the Adoption of the Proposed AB 118 Air Quality Improvement Program Funding Plan for Fiscal Year 2009-10
Staff will recommend that the Board approve allocation of Air Quality Improvement Plan (AQIP) funds to specific project categories for the 2009-10 fiscal year.  AB 118 allows for the AQIP to fund a variety of air quality incentive projects to address criteria pollutant emissions, including low-emission vehicles and equipment, research, and workforce training.
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09-4-8: Public Hearing to Consider a Status Report on the State Strategy for California's 2007 State Implementation Plan and Consider Approval of a Proposed Revision to the State Implementation Plan Reflecting Implementation of the 2007 State Strategy
Staff will brief the Board on the status of ARB’s efforts to achieve the emission reductions outlined in the 2007 State Strategy.  Staff will also recommend that the Board approve a proposed revision to the State Implementation Plan reflecting implementation of the 2007 State Strategy since it was adopted
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 following pending litigation:

Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Goldstene, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, No. 08-17378 on appeal from U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno).

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

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

State of California by and through Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Air Resources Board, and the Attorney General v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Case No. 08-1178.

Green Mountain Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep, et al. v. Crombie, 508 F.Supp.2d 295, U.S. District Court Vermont (2007), appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit,
Nos. 07-4342-cv(L) and 07-4360-cv(CON).

National Paint and Coatings Association, Inc. v. State of California, California Air Resources Board (Sacramento County Superior Court), Case No. 04CS01707.



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 notice.