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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) UPDATED 1/13/17 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) UPDATED 1/13/17 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:
Additional documents associated with the draft 2017 Plan are:
The Air District is currently preparing the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report. The Air District anticipates releasing the draft EIR in January 2017 for a 45-day public review period.
The Air District has released a Notice of Preparation and Initial Study(3 Mb PDF, 88 pgs) for preparation of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report for the 2017 Plan. On July 14, 2016, the Air District held a scoping meeting at its Bay Area Metro Center Headquarters to discuss this document and solicit public comment.
We invite your review and comment on the draft 2017 Plan. The comment period is from January 10 through February 28. Email your comments to
The Air District is hosting eight open houses(571 Kb PDF, 1 pg) between January 30 and February 8, 2017, | also available: Spanish(574 Kb PDF, 1 pg) | Vietnamese(543 Kb PDF, 1 pg) | Tagalog(564 Kb PDF, 1 pg) | Chinese(575 Kb PDF, 1 pg) | to provide the public an opportunity to learn about the Air District’s 2017 Plan.
Dates and locations are below:
Monday, January 30
Quinlan Community Center
10185 N Stelling Rd
Tuesday, January 31
Bay Area Metro Center
375 Beale Street
Wednesday, February 1
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Albert J. Boro Community Center
50 Canal St.
Thursday, February 2
Yountville Community Center, Heritage Room
6516 Washington St.
Monday, February 6
Walnut Creek Marriott
2355 North Main St.
Monday, February 6
Holiday Inn Dublin
6680 Regional St.
Tuesday, February 7
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library - Room 225
150 East San Fernando St.
Wednesday, February 8
Cal State East Bay Oakland Center
1000 Broadway #109
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) 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: 6/11/2015