Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The Air District, in partnership with community members, has released the Path to Clean Air, a Richmond-San Pablo community air monitoring plan – the first to be developed with co-leadership from the community.

Spare the Air Status

The Air District worked alongside a committee of individuals from community organizers, environmental justice advocates, and neighborhood groups as well as education, public health, government, and industry stakeholders in the Richmond-San Pablo area to develop the community air monitoring plan. Together, they defined the geographic boundary for air monitoring, the air pollution sources of concern, and the air monitoring objectives. The air monitoring study area includes Richmond, San Pablo, North Richmond, Montalvin, parts of Tara Hills, El Sobrante and the Richmond Annex.

The plan is one result of state law AB 617, which requires reduction of air pollution levels in selected communities with higher than average air pollution burdens.

Richmond-San Pablo’s approximately 150,000 residents are regularly exposed to emissions from a high density of air pollution sources near their homes which include large industrial facilities, freeways, rail yards, a marine port, and many smaller sources. People living in the Richmond-San Pablo area experience more asthma emergency room visits, higher rates of cardiovascular disease, greater unemployment, lower educational attainment, higher housing cost-burden, and lower life expectancy than in other areas of Contra Costa County.

Members of the public are invited to download and review the Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan.

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With completion of the Richmond-San Pablo Community Air Monitoring Plan, the Air District will provide regular updates about the ongoing monitoring and results. This information will guide a Community Emission Reduction Plan as well as other ongoing air quality improvement efforts outside of the AB 617 process.

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View Richmond-San Pablo Area Community Health Protection Program web page.

Last Updated: 9/16/2020