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The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has nominated the Richmond-San Pablo area to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for Year 3 of the Community Air Protection Program (the Program). As part of Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617), CARB must select priority communities with “high cumulative exposure burden” to air pollution to provide funding for action plans or monitoring campaigns with local air districts. BAAQMD nominated the Richmond-San Pablo area for its high health burden and exposure to a variety of emission sources, including high volumes of freeways, a refinery, chemical plant, petroleum coke terminal, and other industrial and manufacturing sources. The Richmond-San Pablo community is already designated as a Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) program area and its AB 617 Community Air Monitoring Plan is undergoing finalization. If the Richmond-San Pablo area is selected, the community will proceed with evolving its AB 617 Community Air Monitoring Plan into a Community Emission Reduction Plan. CARB will select the new communities for the Program during the December 2020 CARB Board meeting.

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