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arbcombo -- March 23, 2016: Public Workshop on the Natural and Working Lands Sector to Inform Development of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update Posted: 09 Mar 2016 16:46:10
California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural Resources Agency, California Air Resources Board, and Governor’s Office of Planning and Research are jointly hosting a public workshop on the Natural and Working Lands sector on March 23, 2016. This workshop will support the process to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan to reflect California’s goal to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, as directed in Executive Order B-30-15. Prior to the jointly-hosted Natural and Working Lands sector public workshop, the Forest Climate Action Team (FCAT) will also hold a separate public workshop to discuss recent progress towards development of the Forest Carbon Plan. The FCAT workshop will be held from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the same location. The announcement for the FCAT Forest Carbon Plan public workshop can be found here: http://www.fire.ca.gov/fcat/. A week prior to the jointly-hosted workshop, Agencies will post a Discussion Paper containing initial ideas that will be considered and evaluated as part of California’s 2030 climate change vision and strategy for the Natural and Working Lands sector. The Discussion Paper will also include additional topics and questions for stakeholder review and comment both during and after the public workshop. The Discussion Paper will be posted here: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm. Both meetings are open to the public and full participation by all parties is encouraged: DATE: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 TIME: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm PLACE: CalEPA Headquarters Building Byron Sher Auditorium 1001 I Street Sacramento, California 95814 Background This Natural and Working Lands sector workshop is part of the public process to update the Scoping Plan to reflect the Governor’s Executive Order B-30-15, which establishes a mid-term GHG reduction target for California of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. All state agencies with jurisdiction over sources of GHG emissions were directed to implement measures to achieve reductions of GHG emissions to meet the 2030 and 2050 targets. ARB was directed to update the AB 32 Scoping Plan to reflect the 2030 target, and therefore, is moving forward with the update process. The mid-term target is critical to help frame the suite of policy measures, regulations, planning efforts, and investments in clean technologies and infrastructure needed to continue driving down emissions. In an effort to further the vision of AB 32, Governor Brown identified key climate change strategy pillars in his January 2015 inaugural address. The pillars recognize that several major areas of the California economy will need to reduce emissions to meet the 2030 greenhouse gas emissions target. One of the key pillars identified by Governor Brown was to ensure that State agencies are managing farm and rangelands, forests and wetlands so they can store carbon. Environmental Analysis This workshop will serve as a scoping meeting as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Pursuant to CEQA and ARB’s Certified Regulatory Program (Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, §15251(d); Cal. Code Regs., tit. 17, §§ 60000–60008), staff is reviewing the Proposed 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update to determine if the proposed project will result in any potentially significant adverse environmental impacts. Staff will provide an overview of ARB’s process for preparing the environmental analysis (EA) and its content. Staff welcomes public input at the workshop on the appropriate scope and content of the EA at the beginning of our process, including the reasonably foreseeable methods of compliance with the Proposed 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update, the potential significant adverse impacts associated with the methods of compliance, potential feasible mitigation measures, and feasible alternatives to the proposal that could reduce or eliminate any significant adverse impacts. A Draft EA will be released for a 45-day public review and comment period with the proposed Draft 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update in early Fall of 2016. Comments received at this public workshop will be considered when preparing the CEQA document. A copy of the presentation and other workshop materials will be available on Scoping Plan webpage at: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm. Materials will be posted by March 23, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. All interested stakeholders are invited to attend. A live webcast of both of the workshops will be available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/?BDO=1. In addition, ARB is collecting public comments on the workshop material at http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm. Remote participants will be able to submit e-mail questions during the workshop at an address provided in the presentation. Please note that Spanish translation services will be provided for this March 23, 2016 public workshop. Audio equipment carrying live Spanish translation of the workshop will be available on-site for check out by any member of the public. 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