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newsrel -- More Measures for Valley to Meet Ozone Standard

Posted: 15 Nov 2007 17:04:52
Please consider the following Air Resources Board press release
announcing the board's action to address ozone in the San
Joaquin Valley.  You can read the release online here:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/nr1115b07.htm .
Thank You
Dimitri Stanich


Release 07-54
November 15, 2007
Patricia Rey

ARB calls for more measures to meet Valley ozone standard

SACRAMENTO: The Air Resources Board today approved a staff
report endorsing the effectiveness of the San Joaquin Air
District's regulatory programs while at the same time making a
number of recommendations aimed at reaching the federal ozone
deadline by 2017.

Specifically, the Board recommended the following measures:

    * Continue to pursue the goal of attaining the federal eight
hour ozone standard by 2017.
    * Request the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control
District to revisit cost effectiveness thresholds for
technologies being considered for reducing ozone levels for new
    * Urge Valley cities and counties to incorporate air quality
considerations into their development projects.
    * Work with other state agencies to help ensure that
environmentally sustainable projects receive prioritization for
state funds such as Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ)
    * Provide staff members to serve on the local air district
task force that has been created to accelerate up air quality
improvements in the Valley.
    * Work with staff to report back to the Board in six months
on progress made to reach the 2017 deadline. The Board will hold
that hearing somewhere in the Valley. 

ARB will now submit to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
the State Implementation Plan that designates the Valley in
"extreme non-attainment" of the eight hour ozone standard,
setting a legally enforceable attainment deadline of 2024. The
Air Resources Board recently pledged to achieve a 90 percent
compliance with the federal ozone standard by 2018; today's
recommendations revisit and strengthen that projection.

"We should all praise the hard work and dedication shown by
local activists, business members and the air district in trying
to fill in this last piece of the puzzle toward cleaning the
Valley's air," said ARB Chairman Mary Nichols. "Our work will
not be done until we attain 100 percent compliance with the
federal ozone standard. We'll do our part at the state on trucks
and agricultural equipment, and we'll work closely with the
district to fast track industrial innovations at the local

Today's announcement comes on the heels of the efforts of a San
Joaquin Valley Task Force comprised of ARB staff, Board members,
community activists, business leaders and air district staff.
Through a series of meetings throughout the Valley, the task
force was able to identify an additional 78 tons of emissions

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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