Clean air is the most basic of human needs. Whether in our homes, cars or outside in nature, we typically don’t think about our air until it is at risk.  Air and environmental pollution is a growing concern in our modern world. We can’t wait until it’s too late to act.

Pollution and the California Clear Air Act

Pollution is defined as the addition of any substance to the environment at a faster rate than it can be dispersed in some harmless form. While pollution is a problem worldwide, it’s a big issue in California. California has seven out of the 10 US cities with the worst ozone pollution. The Golden State also has eight of the 10 US cities with the highest year-round concentration of particulate matter between 2013 and 2015. To address their unique problems, the state passed the CCAA (California Clean Air Act) with the goal of reducing air and environmental pollution.

Let’s start with a glossary of terms to get acquainted with the California Clean Air Act and understand how it applies to the rest of the country:

  • AQMDs: California’s local air quality management districts
  • CARB: California Air Resources Board
  • CAPP: Community Air Protection Program
  • BARCT: best available retrofit control technology
  • CTR Regulation: “Regulation for the Reporting of Criteria Air Pollutants and Toxic Air Contaminants”

Why the Clean Air Act Matters

The CCAA is considered one of the largest, most ambitious legislations fighting pollution to date. It is a community-based initiative, focusing on small groups for maximum results. The bill’s focus is to reduce exposure in communities most impacted by air pollution. The initiatives have quick turnaround time: It was signed into law by Governor Brown in 2017, and the local results will be applied statewide by 2023.

The CTR Regulation aims to do a number of things, including:

  • Require regulated sources to annually report toxic air emissions
  • Create uniformity for the types of toxic air that is reported
  • Create uniformity for toxic reporting

Learning from the Clean Air Act

The CTR Regulation will hopefully provide important data that can be used by California’s environmental decisionmakers to better understand and improve California’s air quality. The lessons learned through California’s CCAA could then be applied to other states across the country.

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