Assembly Bill 617 (Garcia, C., Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017) is a State-mandated program that uses a community-based approach to reduce local air pollution in communities around the State that continue to experience disproportionate impacts from air pollution. Richmond is one of two focus communities for the Bay Area Air Quality District’s (BAAQMD) initial implementation of the AB 617 Richmond Area Community Health Protection Program. Richmond residents, businesses, a city staff representative were a part of the AB 617 Path to Clean Air Steering Committee which helped to guide the development of the Community Air Monitoring Plan. Richmond residents, businesses, a city staff representative are currently a part of the AB 617 Path to Clean Air CERP Steering Committee to help guide the development of a Community Emission Reduction Plan. Visit BAAQMD's website for program updates and information on meetings, www.baaqmd.gov/community-health/community-health-protection-program/richmond-area-community-health-protection-program.
Groundwork Richmond Community Air Monitors
The City of Richmond, in partnership with Groundwork Richmond and environmental consultant Ramboll, was awarded a grant from the California Air Resources Board to deploy 50 air monitoring sensors throughout the Richmond community. This effort is part of the State of California Assembly Bill 617 (AB 617) Community Air Protection Program. The 50 air monitors have been installed and provide real-time community-level air monitoring information. The concentrations and air quality index (AQI) values for PM2.5 stated on the are currently uncalibrated estimates. This data cannot be directly compared to regulatory standards. More features will be added to the dashboard as we build out the program that will hopefully make these numbers more comparable to regulatory standards. The air monitoring data can also be found at, https://app.ramboll-shair.com/sfbayarea.
Richmond Community Air Monitoring Program
The Richmond Community Air Monitoring Program is an independent initiative designed to provide real-time air quality readings to the public and provide greater access to historic air quality data. The program includes three community air monitors located within North Richmond, Atchison Village, and Point Richmond neighborhoods as well as along the refinery fence lines that border those neighborhoods.
AirNow is a one-stop source for air quality data. AirNow reports air quality using the official Air Quality Index (AQI), a color-coded index designed to communicate whether air quality is healthy or unhealthy for you. When you know the AQI in your area, you can take steps to protect your health. AirNow is a partnership of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Park Service, NASA, Centers for Disease Control, and tribal, state, and local air quality agencies. Here is a complete list of AirNow partners, www.airnow.gov/partners/.
Chevron's Flare Minimization Plan
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) requires petroleum refineries to monitor flares and file monthly reports. Flaring is not allowed unless it follows an approved Flare Minimization Plan. These plans describe each flare at a given facility, the equipment and procedures used to reduce flaring, and any other measures needed to prevent flaring.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District receives over 12,000 air pollution complaints each year from members of the public. Community members are keenly aware of air pollution events and often provide the first warning of air quality problems. Satisfactory resolution of complaints is one of the most important objectives of Air District staff.
Examples of complaints include dust or chemical air pollutants emitted by industrial plants, refineries, neighborhood businesses, gas station nozzles, idling trucks, locomotives and buses; and smoke from agricultural fires, controlled burns, non-cooking backyard fires, and outdoor trash burning.
To file a complaint, complete an online complaint form or call BAAQMD's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-800-334-ODOR (6367).
Odor Complaints at West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill
The City is actively working with Contra Costa Health Services, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and Republic Services to address the cause of the odors and prevent odors from occurring. City staff will continue to monitor this issue. Residents impacted by odor should call the Bay Area Air Quality Management District odor complaint line at 1-800-334-ODOR (1-800-334-6367).
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