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arbcombo -- April 27, 2016: Public Workshop on the Agriculture Sector to Inform Development of the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update

Posted: 14 Apr 2016 16:38:56
California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Natural
Resources Agency and California Air Resources Board are jointly
hosting a public workshop on the agriculture sector on April 27,
2016. This workshop will support the process to update the AB 32
Scoping Plan to reflect California’s goal to reduce statewide
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by
2030, as directed in Executive Order B-30-15.  This workshop
builds upon the Natural and Working Lands public workshop held in
Sacramento on March 23, 2016.

A copy of the presentation and other workshop materials will be
available on the Scoping Plan webpage at:

Materials will be posted by April 26, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. 

This workshop is open to the public and full participation by all
parties is encouraged:  

DATE:		Wednesday, April 27, 2016 

TIME: 		10:00 am to 1:00 pm

PLACE	San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
		Central Region Office
		Governing Board Room
		1990 E. Gettysburg Avenue
		Fresno, California 93726


A live webcast of the workshop will be available at:
Remote participants will be able to submit e-mail questions
during the workshop at an address provided in the presentation. 

Background on the 2030 Target Scoping Plan Update

This public workshop is part of the public process to update the
AB 32 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

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.

ARB is collecting public comments on the workshop material at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/scopingplan/scopingplan.htm. The webpage
to submit comments will be live beginning on April 27, 2016 at
8:30 am.  

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.

If you require a special accommodation or need this document in
an alternate format (i.e. Braille, large print) or another
language, please contact Rachel Pallatin at 916-324-3502 or
Rachel.Pallatin@arb.ca.gov, as soon as possible, but no later
than 10 business days before the scheduled event/meeting.
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