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newsrel -- ARB Approves San Diego SIP

Posted: 24 May 2007 14:20:42
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the approval of the San Diego SIP.  You can see the
release at http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr052407b.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-18 	  	  	 
May 24, 2007 	  	

Gennet Paauwe
Dimitri Stanich
(916) 322-2990

ARB Approves San Diego Strategic Plan to Attain Clean Air Goals

San Diego: The California Air Resources Board today approved the
San Diego County State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone. SIPs
are state and local coordinated plans designed to control air
pollution emissions and reach federally established definitions
of clean air. According to San Diego's plan, the region is
expected to achieve attainment of the federal 8-hour ozone
standards within the next two years.

"This is a true success story," said ARB Chairman, Dr. Robert F.
Sawyer. "The combined efforts of the state and San Diego will
make clean air a reality in the very near future."

The San Diego plan is the first SIP approved by the ARB to
address the new federal 8-hour average standard for ozone
adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2004.
Ozone is a caustic gas that contributes to respiratory ailments
and asthma, and can cause premature death in elderly patients
with lung disease. It is a product of a photochemical process
involving the sun's energy and ozone precursors, such as
hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen. The 8-hour standard
provides more health protection than the previous 1-hour

The San Diego area met the 1 hour standard in 2001, and is
required to meet the 8-hour standard by 2009. According to the
ARB-approved plan, local controls for industrial sources,
together with the State's program for reducing emissions from
cars and trucks, will allow San Diego to meet the more stringent
standard by 2009.

The Air Resources Board is also developing new controls to
reduce emissions throughout the State, including heavily
polluted areas such as the South Coast Air Basin and the San
Joaquin Valley. That strategy will be considered at a June 21
and 22 hearing in Los Angeles.

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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