AB617 Meeting w/ Samir Sheikh

BizFed Central Valley has arranged a meeting for a small group of members with Samir Sheikh, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, to learn more about AB 617. 

Please only RSVP if you can attend in person.

BizFed CV has formed a coalition and joined a larger statewide group to work toward proper implementation of this measure.

AB 617 was passed in 2017 alongside the Cap and Trade extension.

Its goal is to identify disadvantaged communities that are more heavily impacted by air pollution and work toward reducing those emissions. According to the ARB, "AB617 aims to establish a new community-scale emissions abatement program; updates air quality standards for certain stationary sources located in or contributing to non-attainment areas; provides for improved enforcement, and ensure community participation in the process."

Although the California Air Resources Board is in charge of adminstering this new law, they must work closely with local air districts to identify communities, stakeholders, and to actually implement this program.

It is IMPERATIVE that businesses get involved at the start - which is NOW!

The ARB has already released a draft blueprint HERE  for how it plans to administer this program and there are a number of issues that businesses need to be aware of including:

  • The blueprint mentions possibly trying to impact local land use planning decisions.
  • It pegs emissions reductions to undefined "health outcomes."
  • There does not appear to be an end date or metric to the program.
  • There is no standardized air monitoring protocol - Who should monitor? What equipment will be used? How will it be calibrated? How will this information be used?
  • Will suggested control measures be applied retroactively?
  • What is the scope of the enhanced enforcement that is being proposed and to what extent will or should the public be involved in that enforcement?
  • Who will be on the Community Steering Committees, will they include affected businesses and what authority will these Committees have?
  • While a great deal of money is slated to be given to community groups for "out reach," "monitoring," "education," etc. there is NO FUNDING to actually reduce emissions, which means businesses could pay - BIG TIME.

And that's just scratching the surface.

Because the local district have a large role in the final implementation of the AB 617 measures an ongoing dialogue with the District is key. Mr. Sheik the Director at the District has been working with AB 617 closely for some time and will have good information for our members.
2018-07-23 14:00:00 2018-07-23 16:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Special AB617 Session with Samir Sheikh

BizFed Central Valley has arranged a meeting for a small group of members with Samir Sheikh, director of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, to learn more about AB 617. 

Please only RSVP if you can attend in person.

BizFed CV has formed a coalition and joined a larger statewide group to work toward proper implementation of this measure.

AB 617 was passed in 2017 alongside the Cap and Trade extension.

Its goal is to identify disadvantaged communities that are more heavily impacted by air pollution and work toward reducing those emissions. According to the ARB, "AB617 aims to establish a new community-scale emissions abatement program; updates air quality standards for certain stationary sources located in or contributing to non-attainment areas; provides for improved enforcement, and ensure community participation in the process."

Although the California Air Resources Board is in charge of adminstering this new law, they must work closely with local air districts to identify communities, stakeholders, and to actually implement this program.

It is IMPERATIVE that businesses get involved at the start - which is NOW!

The ARB has already released a draft blueprint HERE  for how it plans to administer this program and there are a number of issues that businesses need to be aware of including:

  • The blueprint mentions possibly trying to impact local land use planning decisions.
  • It pegs emissions reductions to undefined "health outcomes."
  • There does not appear to be an end date or metric to the program.
  • There is no standardized air monitoring protocol - Who should monitor? What equipment will be used? How will it be calibrated? How will this information be used?
  • Will suggested control measures be applied retroactively?
  • What is the scope of the enhanced enforcement that is being proposed and to what extent will or should the public be involved in that enforcement?
  • Who will be on the Community Steering Committees, will they include affected businesses and what authority will these Committees have?
  • While a great deal of money is slated to be given to community groups for "out reach," "monitoring," "education," etc. there is NO FUNDING to actually reduce emissions, which means businesses could pay - BIG TIME.

And that's just scratching the surface.

Because the local district have a large role in the final implementation of the AB 617 measures an ongoing dialogue with the District is key. Mr. Sheik the Director at the District has been working with AB 617 closely for some time and will have good information for our members.
Fresno, CA, United States
WHEN
July 23, 2018 at 2pm - 4pm
WHERE
Fresno Area - location will be provided w/ RSVP
Fresno, CA
United States
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10 RSVPS
Daniel Beck Colby Morrow John Haley suzanne noble Feleena Sutton Molly Saso Lois Henry Manuel Cunha, Jr. Melissa Traugh

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Daniel Beck
Colby Morrow
John Haley
suzanne noble
Feleena Sutton
Molly Saso
Lois Henry
Manuel Cunha, Jr.
Melissa Traugh

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