Outcome of California Air Resources Board (ARB) Meeting on March 23-24
On May 16, 2016, the Air Resources Board (ARB) released the updated Mobile Source Strategy intended to demonstrate how the State can simultaneously meet air quality standards, achieve greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, decrease health risk from transportation emissions, and reduce petroleum consumption over the next fifteen years. The updates to the Mobile Source Strategy were considered for adoption by ARB at a meeting in Riverside on March 23-24, 2017.
MCCV’s Executive Director, Jennifer Shipman, attended the California Air Resources Board (ARB) meeting on March 23-24, 2017 in Riverside, California. At the meeting, ARB staff presented the Proposed 2016 State Strategy for the State Implementation Plan (State SIP Strategy). This Strategy described the proposed commitment to achieve the reductions necessary from mobile sources, fuels and consumer products to meet the federal ozone and PM2.5 standards over the next 15 years.
Shipman addressed the board on behalf of MCCV, with a number of comments. Shipman emphasized the District’s many successes:
In 2016, the San Joaquin Valley had the cleanest year on record for PM2.5 with:
Zero exceedances of the 1997 24-hour standard
Zero Unhealthy days during the winter season
The highest number of days with Good air quality
The fewest number of days with Unhealthy Air quality
2016 was also a near-record clean ozone year and continued to demonstrate tremendous progress with respect to ozone throughout the Valley.
Since 1990, industry’s financial investments and engineering of new technologies to run extremely clean and efficient processes are producing real and tangible results. Valley food processors and manufacturers, for example, have invested billions of dollars in obtaining reductions.
Valley manufacturers and food processors have reached a 90% fuel efficiency rating in natural gas boilers and electrified equipment. They’ve lowered NOX, SOX, CO2, VOC and sulfur emissions, and are compliant with some of the most stringent regulations in the country.
Further, Shipman requested that the Board:
Take the time to further consider the State’s Mobile Source Strategy. The San Joaquin Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJUAPCD) could eliminate stationary sources; industrial, commercial, agriculture and its residents and still not meet the newest suite of PM standards(since 85%+ of the District pollution comes from mobile sources).
Take a deeper look into The District’s modeling and delay the adoption of the State’s Mobile Source Strategy until the District’s PM2.5 attainment strategy is fully defined and ARB’s commitments are included. She explained that the District’s modeling of the emissions that need to be achieved are significantly higher than ARB’s.
Action Taken by ARB
At the Riverside meeting on March 23rd, ARB voted to approve the State SIP/Mobile Source Strategy with a promise to return to the SJVAPCD in the Fall of 2017 to review the District’s PM2.5 Attainment Plan and make additional commitments to reduce mobile source emissions in the SJV.
MCCV’s Concerns Going Forward
Mobile sources are the largest contributors to the formation of PM2.5 and ozone in the San Joaquin Valley, contributing over 85% of the total NOx emissions in the Valley. Therefore, it is critical for the Mobile Source Strategy to contain clean air measures that assist the San Joaquin Valley in meeting federal health based standards within the time deadlines prescribed under the federal Clean Air Act.
If ARB doesn’t properly consider the State’s mobile sources accurately and doesn’t take the District’s modeling into consideration, stationary sources will be hard hit.
ARB claims “The State SIP Strategy will provide significant benefits in the San Joaquin Valley, as well as state-wide.” The fact is, the State SIP does not include enough mobile source reduction commitments to provide the SJV with so-called “significant benefits.” It doesn’t come close! District modeling shows that we need at least a reduction of 125 tons per day (tpd) in order to meet the newest Federal PM2.5 standards. ARB’s plan only delivers an enforceable commitment to provide an aggregate total of 8 tpd of NOx reductions from mobile sources. When the District develops its PM2.5 Attainment Plan, they will not have enough mobile source emission reduction commitments from the State to satisfy the PM standard so they will be forced to come after stationary sources such as local manufacturing facilities and ag operations. These stationary sources have already met the most stringent air quality standards in the nation. Even if all stationary sources of emissions were removed from the SJV, the area still would not meet the newest standards. 85% of our emissions issues come from vehicles on the road.
Next PM2.5 Plan Public Advisory Workgroup (PAW) Meeting
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District will be holding the fourth meeting of the Public Advisory Workgroup (PAW) to discuss the development of the 2017 PM2.5 Plan on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 2 PM. The meeting will take place in the Video Teleconference rooms of the District’s Fresno office (1990 E. Gettysburg Ave, Fresno, CA 93726), Modesto office (4800 Enterprise Way, Modesto, CA 95356), and Bakersfield office (34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308). The topic of discussion at this meeting will be to provide an update on Air Quality Modeling and continue discussions on potential measures.
What MCCV Members Can Do
Contact the District and encourage the Air Pollution Control Officer and his staff to hold a strong position when discussing mobile source commitments needed with ARB. Send comments to: Sadredin@valleyair.org
Participate in upcoming PAW meetings regarding the 2017 PM2.5 Plan. MCCV will attend upcoming meetings and will update members, as necessary.