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The Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) program was initiated in 2004 to evaluate and reduce health risks associated with exposures to outdoor toxic air contaminants (TACs) in the Bay Area. The program examines TAC emissions from point sources, area sources and on-road and off-road mobile sources with an emphasis on diesel exhaust, which is a major contributor to airborne health risk in California.

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The Air Monitoring Program of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District operates a 32-station monitoring network and oversees the necessary repair, maintenance, and quality-control activities.

The monitoring network provides the data required to determine whether the Bay Area is in compliance with state and federal air quality standards. Air monitoring data are also used for air quality forecasts, Clean Air Plan modeling, Prevention of Significant Deterioration permit modeling, and Environmental Impact Reports. Some of the monitoring sites include toxics sampling equipment.

Sampling projects such as PM2.5 speciation sampling and short-term studies in specific communities (Cupertino and Berkeley, for example) provide data for the development of air quality plans and updated regulations, and further our understanding of air quality in the Bay Area.

Last Updated: 8/26/2013