Planned Air Pollution Research
Fiscal Year 1999-2000

This page updated October 28, 2005.

Planned Air Pollution Research

Fiscal Year 1999-2000

This report presents the Air Resources Board's (Board's) planned air pollution research for fiscal year 1999-2000. The proposed research projects are not intended to be exhaustive or exclusive. Unanticipated opportunities, unique or innovative study approaches or urgency may lead to consideration of other projects.
The Board sponsors a comprehensive program of research addressing the causes, effects, and possible solutions to air pollution problems in California, and provides support for establishing ambient air quality standards. The Board's research program was established by the Legislature in 1971 (Health and Safety Code Sections 39700 et seq.) to develop a better understanding of the various aspects of air pollution, including the atmospheric reaction of pollutants, its effects on health and the environment, and the inventory, control, and transport of air polluting emissions. In recent years, several legislative mandates have expanded and further defined the scope of the program.
Objective of the Research Program. The objective of the research program is to provide the timely scientific and technical information needed for public policy decisions that will allow the Board and local districts to implement an effective air pollution control program in California. The relevant problems addressed in these policy decisions are identified by the Legislature, the Board, staff, local air pollution control districts, the academic community, Board research advisory committees and the public.
Public Involvement. The Board invites and encourages the public to contribute ideas for project consideration. This year, 58 research ideas were submitted. Once the proposals were reviewed, a workshop was held to present the staff project selections and solicit public comment.
Planning the Research Program. In planning the research program, the Board attempts to look ahead as far as possible to anticipate environmental problems and regulatory needs. As additional information becomes available, and as needs and priorities emerge or change, projects may be deleted, modified or added to the Board's research program. The availability of co-funding for a particular project, provided by agencies such as the South Coast Air Quality Management District or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, may also lead to changes in the program.
To aid in planning, the Board's Executive Officer has established committees responsible for initial review of the research plan. Proposed projects are examined for relevance to regulatory questions facing the Board and modified as necessary. Committee members then prioritize candidate projects in order of decreasing urgency and importance. Each committee, in consultation with their Deputy Executive Officer, submits a prioritized list of projects to the Executive Research Review Committee, whose members are the Executive Officer, his deputies and the Chief of the Research Division. This Executive Committee reviews all of the proposed projects and establishes priorities within and among the categories of research. Projects are then prioritized into two categories: 1) those that are recommended for funding and 2) those recommended if funding is available. This year's projects are focused, in general, on particulate matter and the improvement of emissions inventories.
Research Budget. Proposed projects for the extramural research program fall under one of four research areas:


Tentative Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Budget: $2,800,000



California Clean Air Act

Toxic Air Contaminants


 Motor Vehicles & Fuels

Air Quality Standards

These proposed allocations are prepared prior to Legislative approval of the Governor's budget and have been developed assuming a proposed research budget for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 of $2,800,000. Therefore, they are subject to revision. The four research areas cover seven research categories:

Research Area

Research Category

Motor Vehicles and Fuels

Mobile Sources

Toxic Air Contaminants

Toxic Air Contaminants

California Clean Air Act

Stationary Sources
Regional Air Quality
Economic Studies

Air Quality Standards

Health Effects
Ecological Effects

Other Research Activities. In addition to the extramural program, the Board sponsors research under several other programs for which the Legislature has provided more narrowly defined objectives, either in statutes or in the Budget Act.
These programs include:

 Expected Fiscal Year 1999-2000 Budget

Crop Loss


Children's Health Study


Indoor Air Quality


California Clean Air Act


Alternative Fuels


Innovative Clean Air Technologies


PM10 Assessment


Air Quality Standards


These programs are periodically reviewed by the Board and are fully coordinated with the Board's extramural program. The budget amounts above are subject to approval and revision.
Two agreements with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment will be funded in

1999-2000  . One agreement, for $297,000, supports the indoor air quality program; the second agreement, for $164,000, supports the air quality standards.

Summaries of Past Research. Ongoing research projects and projects completed since the beginning of 1989 are summarized in the Research Division's publication, Air Pollution Research, which is available on the World Wide Web at For a printed copy of this publication, please contact:

Shaelyn Raab Strattan
California Air Resources Board
Research Division
P.O. Box 2815
Sacramento, CA  95812

 (916) 323-1520


FY 1999-2000 Research Plan