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 in 2018 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 were implemented through the District’s Carl Moyer Program.
In 2019, an additional $1,088,281.25 in FY2018-19 funds were awarded to the District to fund projects in Disadvantaged Communities and Low Income Communities. In addition to zero-emission equipment projects, several project types that improve air quality in and near schools may be considered. These projects include air filtration, composite wood product, and zero-emission lawn and garden equipment. The District held a series of community meetings in February 2020 (see the press release here) to discuss the program with the public. See the community meeting presentation here.
The Community Air Protection Incentives 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?
Community members can provide input to Jason Mandly, Senior Air Quality Planner by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 530-332-9400 Extension 108.
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.
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.
In April 2020, the District concluded a Request for Proposals for incentive projects that would meet the goals of the Community Air Protection Program. Projects were approved at the May 28, 2020 Regular Meeting of the District’s Governing Board. The following projects are being funded:
|Name of Applicant||Project Type||Priority Population Type||Project Location or Address||CAP Funds Requested for Projects|
|Palermo Unified School District||Infrastructure||Low Income Community||7390 Bulldog Way Palermo, CA 95968||$49,839.00*|
|Thermalito Union Elementary School District||School Air Filtration (Nelson)||Low Income Community||400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965||$121,065.23*|
|Thermalito Union Elementary School District||School Air Filtration (Sierra)||Disadvantaged Community||400 Grand Avenue Oroville, CA 95965||$145,588.88|
|Chico Unified School District||School Air Filtration (Chapman)||Disadvantaged Community||1071 16th Street Chico, CA 95928||$350,000.00|
|Chico Unified School District||School Composite Wood (Chapman)||Disadvantaged Community||1071 16th Street Chico, CA 95928||$21,000.00|
|Chico Unified School District||School Transportation||Disadvantaged Community||2455 Carmichael Drive Chico, CA 95928||$415,684.60|
*Partial Funding – final project costs may be reduced depending on available funds.