In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 617 (C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017), The California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP or Program). The CAPP's primary goal is to reduce exposure to air pollutants in communities that are most affected by air pollution. The California Air Resources Board is working with local districts, regulated industries, affected communities and environmental organizations to devise a community-focused action plan that will protect vulnerable communities from air pollution. Under CAPP, the California Air Resources Board is formulating the Criteria and Toxic Emissions Reporting Regulation (CTR), which aims to establish uniform statewide reporting requirements for specified stationary sources.
Air Quality Survey for Californian Biomass and Waste Combustion Facilities
Building CAPP will take some time as it will involve learning from initial efforts, collecting additional data and integrating community-focused planning strategies to reduce exposure to air pollutants at local level statewide. The California Air Resources Board is encouraging active participation from both affected communities and industries to help them in their effort to provide healthier air for all Californians. They are currently inviting waste and biomass combustion facilities (for example facilities with waste-to-energy, landfill gas combustion or landfill gas flares) located in California to review and complete a voluntary online survey.
The aim of the voluntary online survey is to help formulate consistent methodologies for estimating criteria and toxic emissions from biomass and waste combustion processes. The California Air Resources Board would also like to gain a better understanding of atmospheric emissions from biomass and waste combustion sources to aid planning and to help quantify the impact of expanding biomass and waste combustion facilities across California will have in the future.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and facilities only need to provide information that is readily available; they do not have to generate new information to complete the survey.
How to Participate in the Online Survey
To complete the voluntary online survey visit the Project survey website here.
There is a link to a list of facilities identified as facilities of interest. If your facility is listed, you can request a link for the survey applicable for your facility by emailing email@example.com.
In order to receive the survey hyperlink, you will need to provide the name(s) of your facility, as well as the facility address, contact person, and email address. The hyperlink that you will receive via email for the survey is unique to your facility. If you are responsible for more than one facility that burns biomass or waste in California, you will need to use a different link for each facility.
For more information visit the survey website or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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