CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Auditorium, Room 1138
107 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
February 19, 1988
88-3-1 Report on Impact of Air Resources Board and
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Efforts to Reduce Emissions in the South Coast
88-3-2 Consideration of Long-Range Research Plan: 001
88-3-3 Informational Report on Indoor Air Quality/ 085
Personal Exposure: five-Year Study Plan.
a. Closed Session
Personnel (as authorized by State Agency Open Meeting Act,
Govt. Code Sec. 11126(a).)
b. Research Proposals
c. Delegations to Executive Officer
ITEM NO.: 88-3-2
Long-Range Research Plan.
Adopt Resolution 88-10 approving the Long-Range Research Plan,
dated February, 1988.
In establishing the States' approach to clean air, the
Legislature: has declared that an effective research program is
an integral part of the broad-based statewide effort to combat
air pollution in California; has directed the Air Resources Board
to administer and coordinate all air pollution research funded,
in whole or in part, with state funds; has directed the Air
Resources Board to establish objectives for air pollution
research; and has directed the Air Resources Board to appoint a
Research Screening Committee to give advice and recommendations
with respect to air pollution research projects funded by the
In order to comply with these mandates from the Legislature, the
Board meets, each year, with its Research Screening Committee, to
review the Board's research program, as outlined in the Long-Range
Research Plan. This Plan is prepared by the staff, with
guidance from the Research Screening Committee.
The Long-Range Research Plan contains a section describing the
Board's goals and objectives and related extramural research
projects, a section listing recently completed research projects,
and a section describing each of the research projects proposed
for the next fiscal year. These projects are divided into six
* Diesels and Motor Vehicles,
* Toxic Air Contaminants,
* Stationary Source Emissions Inventory and Control,
* Regional Air Quality Studies,
* Health Effects, and
* Vegetation Effects.
For each study area, there is a prioritized list of research
projects for the next fiscal year, a figure which relates these
projects to ongoing and future work, and a detailed discussion of
each proposed project. The discussions include a summary of the
research problem, relationship to previous work, description of
the proposed approach, and identification of benefits to be
provided by the study.
This years Long-Range Research Plan features projects to support
the Board's activities to reduce emissions from motor vehicles;
support the introduction of clean burning fuels; add to our
knowledge of the sources, fate and effects to toxic air
contaminants; provide bases for controlling stationary source
emissions; better characterize the effects of agricultural
burning; improve our ability to analyze regional air quality
problems; better define the effects of exposure to air pollutants
on human health; and better define the extent of air pollution
damage to all forms of vegetation.
ITEM NO.: 88-3-3
Indoor Air Quality/Personal Exposure: Five-Year Study Plan.
Adopt Resolution 88-15 approving the Five-Year Study Plan, dated
In May, 1987, staff presented detailed information to the Board
regarding indoor air pollution and personal exposures to
pollutants. One of the outcomes of the staff presentation was a
request from the Board that staff develop a Five-Year Study Plan
to provide the more comprehensive indoor and personal exposure
information needed by the Toxic Air Contaminants Program and the
Ambient Air Quality Standards Program. The Board was
particularly concerned regarding the lack of adequate data on
concentrations of pollutants in California indoor environments,
and the need to fulfill the Board's responsibility under Health
and Safety Code Section 39660.5. That section requires the Board
to consider indoor exposures in the risk assessment process of
the Toxic Air Contaminants Program.
The study plan describes a research program which will provide
information necessary for improved exposure analyses and risk
assessments, and which staff believes will best meet the ARB's
information needs. The plan consists of six objectives which, if
achieved, will: obtain activity pattern data for Californians;
obtain indoor concentration and exposure data; obtain data
regarding the health effects of indoor air pollutants,
particularly for sensitive subgroups of the population; assure
the development of adequate indoor and personal air monitors and
monitoring methodology for use in ARB studies; identify indoor
sources of air pollutants and obtain source emission estimates;
and develop and validate a comprehensive total exposure model
which can be used to develop more complete risk assessments for
toxic air contaminants and criteria pollutants.
The proposed progress schedule is ambitious relative to currently
allocated resources but reflects the extensive near-term
information needs of the ARB. The current Governor's Budget (FY
88-89) includes a request for an increase in staff and fiscal
resources in order to meet the proposed progress schedule. If
additional resources are not forthcoming, the progress schedule
will be adjusted during the 1989 review of the plan and progress
will be significantly slower than indicated.
Staff will work closely with other groups involved in indoor air
quality research, particularly the Department of Health Services'
Indoor Air Quality Program, to avoid duplication of effort and to
assure that the best approach is taken for individual projects.