Wednesday, December 13, 2023

The Air District announced today the release of the draft Path to Clean Air Community Emissions Reduction Plan for Richmond-North Richmond-San Pablo. The draft plan is now open to the public for review and comment through January 19, 2024.

Spare the Air Status

The plan was created in partnership with a community-led steering committee that represents local community members, public agencies, and other stakeholders. The plan identifies critical air quality and public health concerns and offers actionable solutions to address them.

The draft plan covers the cities of Richmond and San Pablo and several unincorporated areas in Contra Costa County that are impacted by emission sources including fuel refining, ships, marine terminals, industrial manufacturing facilities, railways, and vehicle and freight traffic. According to CalEnviroScreen 4.0, several communities in the Path to Clean Air area rank in the 90th percentile of pollution burden, some of the highest in California. A 2018 Contra Costa Health Services study shows that asthma rates in the county are higher on average than in the rest of the state and are especially high for children and Black residents.

A virtual public workshop will be held on January 11, 2024, where members of the public are encouraged to ask questions and provide input to the draft PTCA plan. To learn more, visit

The Path to Clean Air Plan was developed as a requirement of AB 617, a state law which recognizes that while California has seen tremendous improvement in air quality, not all communities have benefited equally, and some communities located close to freeways, ports, industry, or other large pollution sources need additional focus and resources to reduce exposure levels.

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