What is the Community Air Protection Program?
Assembly Bill (AB) 617, signed into law in July 2017, directed the California Air Resources Board (CARB), in conjunction with local air districts, to establish the Community Air Protection Program. AB 617 provides a new community focused action framework to improve air quality and reduce exposure to criteria air pollutants and toxic air contaminants in the communities most impacted by air pollution.
How is the Community Air Protection Program being implemented in Butte County?
AB 134, signed into law in September 2017, appropriated $250 million from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to fund immediate emission reduction projects that would benefit state-designated disadvantaged communities. The Butte County Air Quality Management District was awarded $468,750 to fund emission reduction projects within such a community. Identified disadvantaged communities include the Chapman neighborhood in Chico and parts of the Thermalito area. Selected projects must be implemented through the District’s Carl Moyer Program. State guidelines require that zero-emission equipment projects be prioritized during this funding opportunity.
The Community Air Protection Funds are part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment – particularly in disadvantaged communities.
How can the community provide input?
In addition to the funding opportunity mentioned above, current and future funds may become available for projects that meet the goals of AB 617 including, but not limited to: public outreach, air monitoring, and air quality improvement projects.
There will be two public community meetings allowing community members to provide input on funding priorities for current and future Community Air Protection funding.
Community members can provide input to Jason Mandly, Senior Air Quality Planner by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 530-332-9400 Extension 108.
What projects are in progress?
In March 2019, the District’s Governing Board approved an electric school bus replacement project with the Thermalito Union Elementary School District.