arbcombo -- Notice of Public Meeting May 19, 2016

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct a public
meeting at the time and place noted below to consider approval of
the 2016 revision to the Owens Valley PM10 Planning Area
Demonstration of Attainment State Implementation Plan (2016 Plan)
developed and adopted by the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution
Control District (District). If approved, ARB will submit the
2016 Plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA)
as a revision to the California State Implementation Plan (SIP).


DATE: May 19, 2016

TIME: 9:00 a.m.

PLACE: California Environmental Protection Agency

Air Resources Board
Byron Sher Auditorium
1001 I Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Directions: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EPABldg/location.htm

To provide your comments before the Board meeting and to view the
Notice, please go to:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php

Interested members of the public may present comments orally or
in writing at the meeting and may provide comments by postal mail
or by electronic submittal before the meeting. To be considered
by the Board, written comments not physically submitted at the
meeting, must be received by 5:00 pm, May 16, 2016.

The report may be obtained from ARB's website at:

http://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/sip.htm

Further inquiries regarding this matter should be directed to Mr.
Webster Tasat, Manager of the Central Valley Air Quality Planning
Section, Air Quality Planning and Science Division at (916)
323-4950 or (designated back-up contact) Mr. Earl Withycombe, Air
Resources Engineer, Air Quality Planning and Science Division at
(916) 322-8487.



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arbcombo -- Release of Modeling Results related to the California Plan for Compliance with U.S. EPA Clean Power Plan

California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff is developing
proposals for 2016 amendments to the California Cap on Greenhouse
Gas Emissions and Market Based Compliance Mechanisms
(Cap-and-Trade Program) that will seek to improve Program
efficiency and chart post-2020 implementation of the Program. The
potential revisions would also support California's plan for
compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (U.S.
EPA) Clean Power Plan.

ARB, California Energy Commission (CEC), and California Public
Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff have continued to update Clean
Power Plan reliability and modeling results. Staff have produced
revised production cost modeling results to forecast electricity
sector emissions under mid-range and stressful demand conditions
through to 2031, and generated planning reserve margin estimates
under these scenarios. This updated information includes an
anticipated emissions level from the sector relative to federal
targets.

To ensure timely and simultaneous access to these updated
modeling results, ARB will post this information to ARB's Clean
Power Plan website at noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016.
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/powerplants/powerplants.htm.

Background

Cap-and-Trade Regulation

The Board first formally adopted the Cap-and-Trade Regulation in
October 2011, and subsequently approved limited amendments to the
Cap-and-Trade Regulation in June 2012, October 2013, April 2014,
September 2014, and most recently June 2015. The upcoming 2016
amendments will seek to improve Cap-and-Trade Program efficiency,
update the Cap-and-Trade Regulation using the latest information,
and chart post-2020 implementation of the Cap-and-Trade Program.


More information about ARB's Cap-and-Trade Program is available
at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/capandtrade.htm.

Clean Power Plan

On August 3, 2015, U.S. EPA's Administrator signed its Clean
Power Plan, which sets carbon dioxide emissions limits for many
existing electric generating units. These regulations are based
on section 111(d) (42 U.S.C. § 7411(d)) of the federal Clean Air
Act. The Plan was published in the Federal Register on October
23, 2015. States must develop compliance plans to meet these
limits and compliance plans are due in September 2016 (with the
option to seek extensions). ARB is developing California's
compliance plan in consultation with the California Energy
Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission,
California's air districts, and other partners.

More information about the Clean Power Plan and related rules is
available at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/powerplants/powerplants.htm.



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arbcombo -- Evening Bakersfield Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Workshop Added to the Public Meeting Schedule

The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) will conduct an evening
public workshop on May 3, 2016, to discuss ARB's Proposed
Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy (Proposed
Strategy). This workshop will follow the afternoon workshop
already scheduled in Bakersfield for the same day. This meeting
has been scheduled for those unable to attend the daytime meeting
and will cover the same material.

ARB released the Proposed Strategy and the Draft Environmental
Analysis (EA) for the Proposed Strategy for public review on
April 11, 2016. During the workshop, ARB staff will provide a
summary of the Proposed Strategy. We welcome and encourage your
participation in this effort.

The additional workshop will be held on the following date and
time:

Date: May 3, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Location:
San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District
Southern Region Office
34946 Flyover Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308

Directions:
http://www.valleyair.org/General_info/Directions_Bakersfield.htm

This additional workshop will be webcast for those unable to
attend in person. The webcast can be accessed at:
http://www.valleyair.org/Workshops/public_workshops_idx.htm.
Questions or comments can be submitted during the workshop to
webcast@valleyair.org.

The public can also attend this workshop by video conference at
the air district's Modesto and Fresno offices:

Modesto Office
4800 Enterprise Way
Modesto, CA 95356

Fresno Office
1990 E. Gettysburg Avenue
Fresno, California 93726

Updated Public Meeting Schedule:
• April 26: First Public Workshop on the Proposed
Strategy(Sacramento)
• May 3: Second Public Workshop on the Proposed Strategy (1:30
p.m. in Bakersfield)
• (NEW) May 3: Third Public Workshop on the Proposed Strategy
(6:00 p.m. in Bakersfield)
• May 19: Board Meeting for Proposed Strategy
• Late-Summer/Early-Fall: Board to consider approving a final
SLCP Strategy

Background
Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are powerful climate
forcers that remain in the atmosphere for a much shorter period
of time than major climate pollutants such as carbon dioxide
(CO2). Their relative potency in terms of how they heat the
atmosphere can be tens to thousands of times greater than CO2.
SLCPs include black carbon, methane, and fluorinated gases,
including hydrofluorocarbons. The impacts of SLCPs are
especially strong within the near term. Reducing these emissions
can have an immediate beneficial impact on climate change.

SLCP reductions are important to continuing and maintaining the
greenhouse gas reductions called for by AB 32 (Nunez, Chapter
488, Statutes of 2006) and SB 605
(Lara, Chapter 523, Statutes of 2014), and to ensuring emissions
meet the statewide greenhouse gas emission limit that AB 32
established. The Proposed Strategy is identified in the First
Update to the Climate Change Scoping Plan as one of the
recommended actions to achieve additional greenhouse gas emission
reductions. SB 605 further requires ARB, in coordination with
other State agencies and local air districts, to develop a
strategy to further reduce SLCP emissions in California.

A Draft Strategy was released for public comment on September 30,
2015. After considering comments received, ARB staff released
the Proposed Strategy on April 11, 2016, which will be presented
to the Board at a public meeting on May 19, 2016. The Board will
not vote on the Proposed Strategy at this meeting; a second Board
meeting will be scheduled for either late summer or early fall
for the Board to consider approving a final SLCP Strategy, along
with final environmental documents.

Environmental Analysis
ARB, as the lead agency for the Proposed Strategy, prepared a
Draft Environmental Analysis (EA) in accordance with the
requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
and ARB's regulatory program certified by the Secretary of
Natural Resources (California Code of Regulation, title 17,
sections 60006-60008; California Code of Regulation, title 14,
section 15251, subdivision (d)). The resource areas from the
CEQA Guidelines Environmental Checklist were used as a framework
for a programmatic environmental analysis of the reasonably
foreseeable compliance responses resulting from implementation of
the proposed measures discussed in the Proposed Strategy. The
Draft EA provides an analysis of both the beneficial and adverse
impacts and feasible mitigation measures for the reasonably
foreseeable compliance responses associated with the proposed
measures under each of the 17 environmental resource areas.
Collectively, the Draft EA concluded implementation of these
actions could result in the following short-term and long-term
beneficial and adverse impacts: beneficial long-term impacts in
reduced greenhouse gas emissions; less-than-significant impacts
to air quality, biological resources, energy demand, geology and
soils, greenhouse gases (short-term), hazards and hazardous
materials, hydrology and water quality, resources related to land
use planning, mineral resources, noise, population and housing,
public services, and recreational services; and potentially
significant and unavoidable adverse impacts to aesthetics,
agriculture and forest resources, air quality, biological
resources, cultural resources, geology and soils, hazards and
hazardous materials, hydrology and water quality, resources
related to land use planning, noise, transportation/traffic, and
utilities and service systems. The potentially significant and
unavoidable adverse impacts are primarily related to short-term
construction-related activities, which explains why some resource
areas are identified above as having both less-than-significant
impacts and potentially significant impacts. Please refer to the
Draft EA for further details.

Public Comments on the Proposed Strategy and Draft EA
The Proposed Strategy and its appendices, including the Draft EA
(Appendix C), can be obtained from ARB's short-lived climate
pollutant website at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/shortlived/shortlived.htm. ARB invites
comments on the Proposed Strategy and Draft EA during the 45-day
public comment period that begins on April 11, 2016, and ends on
May 26, 2016. Submittal of comments on both documents should be
made to: http://www.arb.ca.gov/lispub/comm/bclist.php. The
meeting agenda, staff presentation, and any other related
materials will be distributed prior to the workshops. These
documents will be posted in advance on ARB's Short-Lived Climate
Pollutant website (see above).


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arbcombo -- Draft Truck and Bus Sector Description Released

The California Air Resources Board (ARB/Board) announces the
release of the draft document "Supporting Information for
Technology Assessments: Truck and Bus Sector Description".

ARB's long-term objective is to transform the mobile source fleet
into one utilizing zero and near-zero emission technologies to
meet air quality and climate change goals. This document was
prepared to support heavy-duty truck-related technology
assessments heavy-duty fuel cell electric vehicles, hybrid
electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, and diesel and
natural gas engines. It applies to Class 2b through Class 8
heavy-duty vehicles with greater than 8,500 pounds gross vehicle
weight rating. It presents a description of the truck and bus
sector including truck types, vocations, emissions, and economics
of the trucking and truck and engine manufacturing industries.

Sources used in the draft supporting information included
published reports, research papers, and ARB inventory data.

The draft supporting information for technology assessments can
be viewed and downloaded from the ARB's technology and fuels
assessment webpage at:
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/techreport/t&b_sector_description.pdf


If you have questions regarding the draft supporting information,
please contact the following:
Mr. Inder Atwal, Air Pollution Specialist, at 916-445-0281, or at
Inder.Atwal@arb.ca.gov.

Background: California has made substantial progress in reducing
emissions from mobile sources, but further reductions are needed
to meet California's air quality and climate goals. These goals
include:

•Meeting 2023 and 2031 ambient ozone air quality standards, which
staff estimates will require an overall 80 percent reduction in
NOx emissions below today's levels in the South Coast air basin,
with substantial reductions needed in the San Joaquin Valley and
other non-attainment areas of the state as well;

•Meeting the newly proposed federal ozone standard;

•Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020;

•Achieving a 40 percent reduction in GHG emissions from 1990
levels by 2030;

•Achieving an 80 percent reduction in GHG emissions from 1990
levels by 2050;

•Reducing petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent by
2030; and

•Producing at least 50 percent of electricity from renewable
sources by 2030.

Heavy-duty vehicles greater than 8,500 pounds emit about
one-fifth of the total GHG emissions associated with
transportation sources in the State, which is about eight percent
of the statewide total. In addition, these vehicles account for
33 percent of NOx emissions from all statewide sources. Because
trucking emissions are such a significant source of GHG and
criteria pollutant emissions, achieving reductions within the
trucking sector is a key component in the strategy to meet
California's climate and air quality goals.

The technology assessments were prepared by staff from ARB, along
with the South Coast Air Quality Management District staff. They
were discussed at workshops in September 2014 and at the December
2014 ARB board meeting. More information on the assessments is
available at ARB's website at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/tech.htm. Draft technology
assessments reports were released for public comments and are
available on ARB's website at
http://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/tech/report.htm.



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