The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released its Strategies to Reduce Air Pollution Exposure Near High-Volume Roadways as part of its air quality and land use technical advisories. CARB's guidance focuses on reducing air pollution exposure from busy roadways. With the rise of infill development located near freeways or other busy roads, workers and residents are more exposed to toxic air and other traffic related contaminants. CARB's guidance is designed to provide developers, public health officials, air quality and land use policy-makers and consultants with strategic information regarding this issue.

This technical advisory demonstrates that it is possible to pursue infill development and reduce exposure to traffic related air pollution simultaneously. Strategies include practices and technologies that reduce traffic related air pollution or increase dilution of air pollution in the atmosphere. This technical advisory could complement an air quality impact assessment (AQIA) and health risk assessment (HRA) near busy roadways through implementing these air pollution reducing mitigation strategies. AQIAs and HRAs are often required as part of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) compliance.

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