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South Coast AQMD will host a virtual meeting of the Community Steering Committee for the Southeast Los Angeles community...
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South Coast AQMD will host a virtual meeting of the Community
Steering Committee for the Southeast Los Angeles community.
South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765-4178
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The virtual meeting will be open to the public and there will be an opportunity for public
comment. Questions and public comments should be sent to
[email protected]
Spanish interpretation will be available. (Additional language accommodations can be
made with at least 7-day advance notice.)
For more information, please visit our website at https://www.aqmd.gov/AB617 or contact Derrick
Alatorre, South Coast AQMD Public Advisor at (909) 396-2432 or email [email protected]
This is part of a series of meetings to guide the implementation of the Community
Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP) and Community Emissions Reduction Plan
(CERP) through the Assembly Bill (AB) 617 Community Air Initiatives.
Documents to be electronically distributed at this meeting/event will be made available upon request in appropriate alternative formats to
assist persons with a disability. Disability-related accommodations will also be made available to allow participation in the
meeting/event. Any accommodations must be requested as soon as practicable. Requests will be accommodated unless providing the
accommodation would result in a fundamental alteration or undue burden to the organization. Please telephone the Public Advisors’ Office at
(909) 396-2432 from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
South Coast AQMD is the air pollution control agency for major portions of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino,
and Riverside counties including the Coachella

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Executive SummaryThe Southeast Los Angeles Community Emissions Reduction Plan (CERP) is a critica part of implementing A...
11/15/2020

Executive Summary

The Southeast Los Angeles Community Emissions Reduction Plan (CERP) is a critica part of implementing Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (Health and Safety Code Section 44391.2), a California law that addresses the disproportionate impacts of air pollution in environmental justice (EJ) communities. The AB 617 program invests new resources and focuses on improving air quality in EJ communities. The Community Emissions Reduction Plan (CERP) outlines goals and actions by the Community Steering Committee (CSC), the South Coast AQMD, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to reduce air pollution in the Southeast Los Angeles community. An essential piece of the program is partnership and collaboration with the community to addresses the community’s air quality priorities in the CERP. The CSC is a diverse group of people who live, work, own businesses, or attend school within the community. Local land-use agencies, public health agencies, regulatory agencies, and elected officials are represented on the CSC. The CSC guides the development and implementation of the CERP.

One year from when CARB designates a new AB 617 community, the local air district must develop and adopt a CERP in consultation with CARB, community-based organizations, affected sources, and local governmental bodies. 1 The Southeast Los Angeles community had to account for the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the CERP development schedule. Despite a delay in the schedule, South Coast AQMD staff and the Southeast Los Angeles CSC worked together to develop this plan for consideration by South Coast AQMD’s Governing Board in December 2020.

Based on the sources of air pollution impacting the community, the Southeast Los Angeles CSC identified the following air quality priorities to be addressed by this plan:

Truck Traffic and Freeways
Railyards
Rendering Facilities
Metal Processing Facilities
Green Space
General Industrial Facilities

At its core, this plan seeks to address the air quality priorities with actions that reduce air pollution emissions from sources within the community and reduce air pollution exposure to people in the community. This plan includes actions, such as developing and enforcing regulations, providing incentives to accelerate the adoption of cleaner technologies, and conducting outreach to provide useful information to support the public in making informed choices. Additionally, air monitoring efforts will provide critical information to help guide investigations or provide public information. Collaborative efforts with other agencies, organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders will amplify the impact of these actions. Many of the actions will only be conducted during the implementation timeframe of this plan; however, there are also many actions (such as regulation, ongoing enforcement activities, and certain incentive programs) that will be continuing activities conducted by the South Coast AQMD.

This plan focuses on improving air quality in the Southeast Los Angeles community through concentrated efforts and community partnerships. The CSC will continue to engage in the process of implementing the CERP and tracking its progress.

The Reader’s Guide to the CERP

The opening chapters provide background information about the AB 617 program and timeline (Chapter 1), the CSC process and community engagement (Chapter 2), and information about the air pollution sources in the community (Chapter 3).

Information about past and ongoing enforcement activities conducted by both the South Coast AQMD and CARB staff is provided in Chapter 4. This information will provide insights into future enforcement activities.

The specific actions for emissions and exposure reductions are in Chapter 5 – Actions to Reduce Community Air Pollution. Chapter 5 is organized by air quality priorities, followed by goals and actions to address each air quality priority. The actions are organized in a table that identifies the entities responsible for each action and specifies the timeframe for implementing them. The CERP actions are numbered in the order in which they are presented in each section. The proposed plan will include a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis based on the proposed actions.

A summary of the air monitoring approach is in Chapter 6. These efforts are described in much greater detail in the Appendix 6 for the Community Air Monitoring Plan (CAMP). 2 The actions described in Chapter 5 also include specific air monitoring activities related to specific actions in the CERP. Findings from air monitoring will help evaluate next steps, and South Coast AQMD staff will work with the CSC to review findings and make necessary adjustments to the CERP.

The Appendices to the CERP include additional reference material related to the CERP content.

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09/06/2020

Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) Meeting Summary
Southeast Los Angeles Community Steering Committee #3
Meeting Date: June 11, 2020
Meeting Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: Virtual Meeting https://scaqmd.zoom.us/j/99752275229
Meeting Co-Host: CSC Member Niki Okuk
Staff provided the CSC an overview of the types of strategies and actions that could address the air quality
priorities for SELA. The CSC asked questions and commented on incentives, outreach, compliance, and
enforcement strategies to reduce emissions from trucks and industrial facilities. CSC members also
requested that staff provide additional information at future meetings, including a profile on truck fleets,
updates on the compliance and enforcement actions within the community, and emissions and air quality
data relative to other communities within the South Coast Air Basin.
Agenda Item #1: Air Quality Priorities: Goals, Strategies, and Actions Presentation and CSC
Discussion
Dianne Sanchez, Air Quality Specialist, provided an overview of the types of strategies and actions that
can be incorporated into the CERP to address the air quality priorities for SELA. Tailoring the CERP based
on input from the CSC is critical to the CERP-development process to ensure that it is community-driven.
CSC members asked questions and provided comments regarding incentives, outreach, compliance, and
enforcement strategies to reduce emissions from trucks and industrial facilities. Staff responded that
strategies to improve incentive outreach and opportunities could be a part of the CERP. Additional
responses clarified enforcement actions for trucks and facilities, and the availability of truck fleet
information.
The CSC requested more information for future meetings, including an overview of permits and applicable
rules for facilities in the community, compliance updates, and emissions information for SELA and other
communities. Staff acknowledged these concerns and stated that details for each CSC air quality priority
would be made available at upcoming workshops. Furthermore, the CSC posed questions about the
degree to which strategies could “push the envelope,” such as creating a “zero-emissions zone” for trucks.
Staff explained that they would continue working with the CSC and local jurisdictions to identify potential
goals and strategies for the CERP.
Agenda Item #2: Planning Community Steering Committee (CSC) future meetings/workshops
Gina Triviso, Senior Public Information Specialist, presented an updated schedule of future meetings for
the CSC, including announcing the addition of 3 additional workshops. Each workshop will focus
specifically on two of the named air quality priorities the CSC put forth. The first workshop is scheduled
for July 23 from 4 to 6 pm and will focus on truck traffic and rail. The second workshop is planned for
August 19 from 4 to 6 pm and will focus on metal processing facilities and green spaces. The third
workshop is scheduled for September 17 from 4 to 6 pm and will focus on rendering and general industrial

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May 2020Southeast Los Angeles (SELA)Hello AB 617 community members. We hope all are safe and well during these challengi...
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May 2020
Southeast Los Angeles (SELA)
Hello AB 617 community members. We hope all are safe and well during these challenging times. The
health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we are actively monitoring de-
velopments locally and regionally. The purpose of this newsletter is to provide updates about the AB
617 program and related resources for our communities. South Coast Air Quality Management District
(South Coast AQMD) is sensitive to the ongoing challenges currently facing our communities due to
COVID-19. As an essential government agency, we are committed to doing everything we can to en-
sure our core operations continue in order to protect air quality.
Following advice from public health agencies, the South Coast AQMD Headquarters building is closed
to the public until further notice. However, critical functions continue including, compliance and en-
forcement, emergency response, air monitoring, permitting, rule development, and response to public
complaints.
The AB 617 program is an important program for our agency and our communities, and we are com-
mitted to continuing to implement this program while respecting the social distancing orders. As part
of our efforts to minimize potential risk and exposure, the AB 617 meetings, as well as other South
Coast AQMD meetings, workshops and trainings will be conducted online via phone and videocon-
ferencing. Meeting updates can be found on our calendar page or by downloading the South Coast
AQMD smartphone app at http://www.aqmd.gov/mobileapp.
More information on all operational changes as part of the COVID-19 response can be found by visit-
ing our response page. Learn more here http://www.aqmd.gov/COVID-19. We look forward to con-
tinuing to update the Community Steering Committees during this time of crisis for us all.
See you at our next CSC meeting on: May 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
https://scaqmd.zoom.us/j/91973729566
Meeting ID: 919 7372 9566; Dial-in number: +1 669 900 6833
--South Coast AQMD AB 617 Team

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