BPC Members Review State Legislation to Expand Air District Authority

 

The BPC Air Quality Committee hosted staff from Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan’s office to discuss her bill AB 3211, which would expand current statewide air pollution district (APCD) and air quality management district (AQMD) authority to request and measure data for indirect sources of pollution, such as distribution centers and warehouses, and evaluate their health risks to the surrounding communities. The bill has raised questions as to whether or not this will allow APCDs and AQMDs to regulate mobile sources, but the Assemblymember’s staff stressed that the California Air Resources Board will remain the sole authority to regulate mobile source emissions. The bill was pulled a few weeks ago as the California Legislature remains focused on responding to the COVID-19 crisis, but is likely to be introduced in the next session. We look forward to working with Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan as she prepares to reintroduce this legislation.