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newsrel -- Media Advisory: proposition 1B funding workshops

Posted: 28 Apr 2008 10:02:08
Please consider the following Air Resources Board media advisory
announcing upcoming workshops to discuss proposition 1B funding
disbursement.  You can see the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr042908.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 08-30
April 29, 2008
Patricia Rey

Distribution of $221 million of Proposition 1B funding discussed
in five public workshops

Highest priority given to the immediate reduction of health
risks from trucks in heavily impacted communities

SACRAMENTO - The Air Resources Board is hosting five workshops
to discuss the competitively ranked list of eligible projects to
be funded by the first installment of $221 million out of the $1
billion dollars from voter-approved Proposition 1B. ARB
encourages public input on the distribution of the monies among
a variety of projects within each trade corridor. The public
workshops are scheduled as follows:

Monday, April 28
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
1990 East Gettysburg Avenue, Fresno, CA 93726

Tuesday, April 29
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
San Diego Co. Administration Building Room 310
1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, April 29
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Long Beach Civic Center, Council Chambers
333 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802

Wednesday, April 30
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
West Oakland Senior Center, 2nd Floor
1724 Adeline Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Friday, May 2
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
CalEPA Headquarters, Sierra Hearing Room
1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95812

ARB staff is recommending the distribution of $221 million among
California's four trade corridors based on the funding targets
adopted by the Board. This results in $122 million for the Los
Angeles/Inland Empire; $55 million for the Central Valley; $31
million for the Bay Area; and $13 million for the San
Diego/Border region. At the workshops, ARB staff will discuss
preliminary recommendations for how the funds should be
distributed among the eligible projects within each corridor.

The preliminary staff recommendations would result in a total

    * $198.4 million to upgrade over 8,200 trucks with cleaner
equipment and engines
    * $16.5 million for 18 new locomotives
    * $2.5 million for shore electric power for cargo ships
docking at the Port of San Diego
    * $4.3 million for 17 freight-related harbor craft 

These projects are estimated to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions
by 26,900 tons and particulate matter by 1,800 tons. These
recommendations implement the program objectives and the Board's
priorities by focusing funding on projects that quickly reduce
emissions and achieve benefits throughout the state, with 94
percent of the total directed to cleaner trucks and locomotives
traveling within multiple corridors.

Following the public workshops, ARB will release a staff report
and present it to the Board at a public hearing on May 22, 2008
in Fresno to officially make the awards to eligible local
agencies and projects. Earlier this year, the ARB released
funding for $25 million in early grants to five air districts to
upgrade 1,000 trucks and install shore-based electrical power at
two ship berths.

For more information, please visit www.arb.ca.gov/gmbond.

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California
Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and
protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through
effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and
considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air
pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain
health based air quality standards.


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