California Environmental Protection Agency
Air Resources Board
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Sacramento, California 95814


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January 25, 2007
9:00 a.m.

Agenda Item #

 Agenda Topic  


Report to the Board on ARB's Action Plan for 2007  
  ARB Executive Officer Catherine Witherspoon will brief the Board on major initiatives, rulemakings, and other activities scheduled for 2007.  


Staff Presentation  




Report to the Board on the State of the State's Air Quality  
  ARB staff will brief the Board on the progress that has been achieved in meeting federal ozone and particulate matter standards in California and the remaining challenges.  


Staff Presentation  




Report to the Board on a Health Update: The Impacts of Coarse Particulate Matter Cardiovascular Effects  
  Most of the health effects seen with exposure to particulate matter are associated with fine particulate, but recent study has shown impacts from coarse particles as well. This study investigated the effects of coarse particles in older adults with coronary heart disease residing in the Coachella Valley. Changes in heart rate variability were associated with exposure to coarse particulate matter and particulate matter 10 microns. Heart rate variability changes are a known risk factor for death from cardiovascular disease.  
  More Information Staff Presentation  


Public Hearing to Consider Research Proposals  
  1. "Spatiotemporal Analysis of Air Pollution and Mortality in California Based on the American Cancer Society Cohort," University of California, Berkeley, $749,706, Proposal No. 2624-254.

2. "Emissions of HFC-134a from Auto Dismantling and Recycling," Foundation for California Community Colleges, $159,578, Proposal No. 2623-254.

3. "Inventory of Direct and Indirect GHG Emissions from Stationary Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Sources, with Special Emphasis on Retail Food Refrigeration and Unitary Air Conditioning," ARMINES, $225,060, Proposal No. 2622-254.

4. Contract Augmentation "Extended Analyses of Air Pollution and Cardiopulmonary Disease in the California Teachers Study Cohort," Department of Health Services, 284,652, Contract No. 03-313.

5. Toxicity of Source-Oriented Ambient Aerosols, University of California, Davis, $838,934, Proposal No. 2617-254.
  Staff Presentation  


Public Hearing to Consider the Proposed Amendments to the Dry Cleaning ATCM  
  ARB staff is proposing amendments to the Dry Cleaning ATCM. The proposed amendments are designed to further protect public health by phasing out the use of Perc dry cleaning machines by 2023, with earlier compliance dates for coresidential facilities and older machines.  
  More Information Staff Presentation  


Public Hearing to Consider the Appointments of the members of the AB 32 Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and the AB 32 Economic & Technology Advancement Advisory Committee  
  The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32) requires ARB to appoint an Environmental Justice Advisory Committee and an Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. At the January 25, 2007 public meeting the Board will appoint the members of these Committees.  
  Staff Presentation  


Report to the Board on Recent Scientific Findings from Climate Change Studies  
  Staff will provide an update on important recent work in the field of climate change. Topics to be covered include stronger evidence of changes to global climate, observed impacts on the earth's ecosystems and recent economic studies.  
  More Information Staff Presentation  


Report to the Board on the Status of Harbor Communities Monitoring Studies  
  Multiple monitoring techniques are being used to gauge the air quality impacts of port related activities, cars, trucks, refineries, and other industrial activities in the region surrounding the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The results will allow ARB to better evaluate where localized high concentrations are occurring, when they are occurring, and what are the primary sources. The results will also allow us to separate the air pollution contributions of regional, community, and fence-line sources on the air pollution burden to residents in Wilmington, San Pedro, and West Long Beach. In addition, we will be testing low-cost, easy-to-use monitors for future deployment in other air pollution impacted communities. And finally, these results will also establish a baseline from which to judge the success of potential mitigation methods and regulations. Staff will present an overview of the studies and preliminary results from recently completed pilot studies.  
  Staff Presentation  


Update the Board on the 2005 ARB & Railroad Statewide Agreement  
  Staff will provide an update to the Board on the implementation efforts for the Statewide Railyard Agreement. The last update was provided at the July 20, 2006 ARB board meeting.  
  More Information Staff Presentation  


Report to the Board on the Carl Moyer Program 2006 Status Report  
  This report updates the Board on Carl Moyer Program implementation in Years 1-6 and changes to the program since the last Status Report in February 2004. The report describes types of projects funded; emission reductions achieved, program cost-effectiveness, and summarizes Carl Moyer Program accomplishments and challenges.  
  More Information Staff Presentation  
  The Board will hold a closed session as authorized by Government Code section 11126(e) to confer with, and receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding the folllowing pending litigation:

Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Witherspoon, U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno), No. CIV-F-04-6663 REC LJO.

Fresno Dodge, Inc. et. al. v. California Air Resources Board and Witherspoon, Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 04CE CG03498.

General Motors Corp. et. al. v. California Air Resources Board and Witherspoon, Superior Court of California (Fresno County),No. 05CE CG02787.

Massachusetts v. E.P.A., 415 F. 3d 50 (D.C. Circ. 2005), Certiorari granted, 126 S. Ct. 2960 (June 26