CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD
Auditorium, First Floor
400 "P" Street
April 13, 1990
90-4-1 California Clean Air Act Guidance for the 001
Determination of Reasonably Available
Control Technology and Best Available Retrofit
90-4-2 Joint Meeting of the Research Screening ---
Committee and the Air Resources Board.
90-4-3 Research Plan - 1990 Update. 041
90-4-4 Consideration of Research Proposals: 140
Proposal Number 1773-156 entitled "Characterization of
Driving Patterns and Emissions from Light-Duty Vehicles
in California," submitted by Sierra Research, Inc., for
a total not to exceed $249,923.
Proposal Number 1765-155, entitled "Effects of Use of
Low-Oxygenate Gasoline Blends Upon Emissions from
California Vehicles," submitted by Automotive Testing
Laboratories, Inc., for a total amount not to exceed
Proposal Number 1781-156, entitled "A Survey and
Analysis of Employee Responses to Employer-Sponsored
Trip Reduction Incentive Programs," submitted by COMSIS
Corporation, for a total not to exceed $195,417.
Proposal Number 1761-155, entitled "Determination of
Emissions from Open Burning of Agricultural and
Forestry Wastes-Phase II: Flame Characterization,"
submitted by the University of California, Davis, for a
total amount not to exceed $54,044.
Proposal Number 1790-156 entitled, "Analysis of On-Road
CO Emissions," submitted by the University of Denver,
for a total amount not to exceed $24,990.
Proposal Number 1779-156 entitled "Methods Development
for Quantification of Ozone Transport for California,"
submitted by Sonoma Technology, Inc., for a total
amount not to exceed $423,430.
Proposal Number 1769-156, entitled "Dermal Absorption
of Methanol and Gasoline/Methanol Mixtures," submitted
by the University of California, Davis for a total
amount not to exceed $84,373.
Proposal Number 1759-155, entitled "The Toxicities of
Chemical Constituents of PM10 in the South Coast Air
Basin of California," submitted by the University of
California, Irvine, for a total amount not to exceed
Proposal Number 1768-155, entitled "Incidence of
Respiratory Symptoms and Chronic Diseases in a Non-Smoking
Population as a Function of Long-Term Cumulative Exposure to NO2,
PM2.5, and PM10," submitted by the Loma Linda University Preventive Medicine
Medical Group, Inc., for a total amount not to exceed
Proposal Number 1752-155, entitled "Development of a
Model for Assessing Indoor Exposure to Air Pollutants,"
submitted by GEOMET Technologies, Inc., for a total
amount not to exceed $223,200.
Proposal 1789-156, entitled "A Demonstration of the
Effects of Smog on Ornamental and Home Garden Plants,"
submitted by the California Arboretum Foundation, Inc.,
Department of Arboreta and Botanic Gardens, for a total
amount not to exceed $65,727.
Proposal Number 1788-156, entitled "Crop and Forest
Losses from Air Pollutants - An Assessment Program,"
submitted by the University of California, Riverside,
for a total amount not to exceed $97,519.
ITEM NO.: 90-4-1
Proposed California Clean Air Act Guidance for the Determination
of Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) and Best
Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT).
We recommend that the Air Resources Board approve the Proposed
Guidance and direct the staff to begin the process for
determining RACT and BARCT for existing sources in cooperation
with the districts. We also recommend the Board direct its
Executive Officer to notify the districts that the ARB will be
using as a starting point the RACT and BARCT determinations based
on this guidance in reviewing for approval district plans and
The California Legislature enacted the California Clean Air Act
(CCAA) in 1988 (Stats. 1988, ch. 1568). Part of the CCAA was
incorporated into Part 3 of Division 26 of the Health and Safety
Code (HSC) as a new Chapter 10, District Plans to Attain State
Ambient Air Quality Standards beginning with Section 40910. In
this chapter, HSC Sections 40910 and 40913(a) require that
districts develop attainment plans which shall be designed to
achieve and maintain state ambient air quality standards by the
earliest practicable date, as determined by the district board
and subject to the approval of the Air Resources Board (ARB).
To help the districts reach attainment, HSC Sections 40918
through 40920 state that district attainment plans must include
regulations which require control technologies for existing
sources. In addition, the HSC requires that ARB review district
attainment plans to ensure that:
1. RACT and BARCT will be determined and applied appropriately,
2. the plans show that the state ambient air quality standards
will be achieved as expeditiously as possible,
3. the plans show that at least an average of five percent
emission reductions per year of nonattainment pollutants
will be achieved, and
4. the plans include RACT/BARCT determinations that are uniform
within air basins.
The HSC does not clearly define BARCT and contains no definition
for RACT. Also, the HSC does not delineate the procedure for
determining RACT and BARCT. The purpose of this guidance is to
help districts in the planning process to implement the CCAA's
requirements for the application of RACT and BARCT. This
guidance will also serve to help streamline the rule development
process, ensure uniformity of rules within air basins and promote
consistency of rules in similarly designated districts within
different air basins.
ITEM NO.: 90-4-3
Research Plan: 1990 Update.
Adopt Resolution 90-26 approving the Research Plan, dated April,
In establishing the State's approach to achieving clean air, the
Legislature: has declared that an effective research program is
an integral part of the broad-based statewide effort to combat
air pollution in California; has directed the Air Resources Board
to administer and coordinate all air pollution research funded,
in whole or in part, with state funds; has directed the Air
Resources Board to establish objectives for air pollution
research; and has directed the Air Resources Board to appoint a
Research Screening Committee to give advice and recommendations
with respect to air pollution research projects funded by the
In order to comply with these mandates from the Legislature, the
Board meets, each year, with its Research Screening Committee, to
review the Board's research program, as outlined in the Research
Plan. This Plan is prepared by the staff, with guidance from the
Research Screening Committee.
The Research Plan describes major ongoing research projects and
new projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 1990-91. More detailed
descriptions of the projects, a summary of recently completed
projects, and the Air Resources board's research budget for
Fiscal Year 1990-91 are shown in the Appendices.
This year's Research Plan features projects to support the
Board's activities to reduce emissions from motor vehicles;
support the introduction of clean burning fuels; add to our
knowledge of the sources, fate and effects of toxic air
contaminants; provide bases for controlling stationary source
emissions; better characterize the effects of agricultural
burning; improve our ability to analyze regional air quality
problems, better define the effects of exposure to air pollutants
on human health; and better define the extent of air pollution
damage to all forms of vegetation.