Monday, February 27, 2023

The Air District announced today that the California Air Resources Board has voted to formally include Bayview Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco in the state’s Community Air Protection Program, also known as AB 617. This key move directs state funds and resources to a vibrant, historically significant and culturally rich Bay Area community

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To combat the disparate pollution burdens that exist in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, the Air District, in co-equal partnership with the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates and Marie Harrison Community Foundation, will develop a Community Emissions Reduction Plan, or CERP, process that will serve as a blueprint for improving air quality in Bayview Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco.

After community members nominated their community to the AB 617 program, the Air District, with CARB’s support, selected Bayview Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco as a high priority community for focused action in the Bay Area due to longstanding air quality challenges, environmental justice issues, and health inequities.

Bayview Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco, located mainly in District 10, will be the fourth AB 617 area in the Bay Area that CARB has supported for a CERP, joining West Oakland, Richmond-North Richmond-San Pablo and East Oakland. The goal of the CERP is to focus and accelerate new actions selected by community members that go beyond existing state and regional programs to provide direct reductions in air pollution emissions and exposures.

The CERP will include establishing emissions reduction targets, reduction strategies, an implementation schedule, and an enforcement plan. The CERP process will be guided by a 25-member community-based steering committee . The Air District encourages Bayview Hunters Point/Southeast San Francisco residents and representatives of the community to apply to be part of this steering committee, which is expected to begin work in June. 

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Last Updated: 2/24/2023