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Learn about air quality management plans currently under development.
The Air District has released for public review a new draft air quality plan – a call to action to “Spare the Air and Cool the Climate.” The 2017 Plan(5 Mb PDF, 264 pgs, revised 01/31/17) aims to lead the region to a post-carbon economy, to continue progress toward attaining all State and Federal air quality standards, and to eliminate health risk disparities from exposure to air pollution among Bay Area communities.
Climate change represents a profound threat to our health and well-being. If left unchecked, climate change will have major impacts on the region’s natural systems, water supply, economy, and infrastructure. A hotter climate will also degrade air quality, thus compromising the health of Bay Area residents. As atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase, the negative impacts of climate change are expected to deepen and accelerate.
Economic progress in the modern era has been powered by cheap and abundant energy from fossil fuels. Combustion of fossil fuels is the primary source of air pollution that adversely effects public health and of the greenhouse gases that change the climate. To protect public health and stabilize the climate, we must move quickly to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuel combustion and embark on the transition to a post-carbon economy.
To achieve the deep emission reductions needed to protect public health and protect the climate, we must address fundamental causes and focus on the core activities we engage in – as a region and individually. These activities include where and how we live, how we travel, what we produce, and how and what we consume. By 2050, we envision that here, in the Bay Area:
The 2017 Plan(5 Mb PDF, 264 pgs, revised 01/31/17) includes a wide range of proposed “control measures” - actions to reduce combustion-related activities, decrease fossil fuel combustion, improve energy efficiency, and decrease emissions of potent greenhouse gases. Numerous measures reduce multiple pollutants: ozone, particulate matter, air toxics, and greenhouse gases. Others focus on a single type of pollutant – super GHG’s like methane and black carbon – or are progressive actions to remove harmful particles in the air.
Highlights of the draft 2017 control strategy include:
Detailed descriptions of all the actions the Air District, and its partner agencies, are proposing to take in order to reduce emissions of ozone precursors, particulate matter, TACs, and greenhouse gases are available in Volume 2 of the draft 2017 Clean Air Plan, or by individual sector:
Additional documents associated with the draft 2017 Plan are:
The Air District has released for public review a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report(11 Mb PDF, 534 pgs, revised 03/02/17) on the 2017 Plan. The 45-day public review period is from February 17, 2017, through 5:00 PM on April 3, 2017.
The Air District held a public comment session on this draft EIR on Monday, March 20, at 4:30 PM in the Yerba Buena Room at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco. An archived copy of the webcast is provided in the table below.
Monday, March 204:30 PM - 5:30 PM
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375 Beale Street San Francisco, CA 94105
2017 Clean Air Plan Draft Environmental Impact Report(11 Mb PDF, 534 pgs, revised 03/02/17)
Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on April 3 via mail or email to:
Bay Area Air Quality Management District
375 Beale Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94105
If you are commenting on behalf of an agency or organization, please indicate a contact person for your agency or organization.
In June 2016, the Air District released a Notice of Preparation and Initial Study(3 Mb PDF, 88 pgs, revised 06/29/16) for preparation of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the 2017 Plan. On July 14, 2016, the Air District held a scoping meetingat its Bay Area Metro Center Headquarters to discuss this document and solicit public comment.
The Air District hosted eight open houses(571 Kb PDF, 1 pg, revised 01/26/17)between January 30 and February 8, 2017, |also available:Spanish|Vietnamese|Tagalog|Chinese|to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the Air District’s 2017 Plan.
The Air District held a public workshop in February 2014 to begin the process of updating the 2010 Clean Air Plan. An archived webcast of the workshop is available.
Six open houses(522 Kb PDF, 1 pg, posted 12/30/15) were also held in January and February of 2016 to provide the public with information about the Air District’s 2017 Plan.
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Last Updated: 3/27/2017