This municipality was selected as an ideal case study candidate since several data sources exist, an AQMP is in place, small research studies have been undertaken, and there is public willingness to ensure air quality managers prioritize resource allocation to reduce community vulnerability to excess air pollution.
The aim of our research was to develop an air pollution population exposure and vulnerability risk prioritization framework for potential use by air quality managers in conjunction with their AQMPs.
ACA urges the district to continue to focus on NOx reductions and remove the proposed VOC measures from the AQMP, especially since VOC measures are not cost effective for reducing ozone compared to NOx reductions.
The district's next AQMP Advisory Group meeting was scheduled to take place on September 20, 2012.
The first included (i) industries that faced Tier 1 control measures in the 1991 AQMP but that were not yet subject to new rules requiring explicit emissions reductions and (ii) firms that expected to lose a competitive advantage.
Therefore, evaluating the relative strengths of these two influences becomes important in assessing RECLAIM relative to the third criterion that socioeconomic casts be no higher than under Tier 1 controls proposed in the 1991 AQMP.
Subsequently, concern about the effect of this factor on job loss led to legislation requiring the District to demonstrate that job loss under RECLAIM would be no greater than under the 1991 AQMP.
The AQMP delegates responsibility for implementing the various Tier I through Tier III control measures to EPA, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and to local government agencies, depending upon the agency's authority to regulate a particular emissions source.
The 1991 AQMP incorporates a number of market incentive measures, noting: "The air pollution challenge in Southern California needs to be supported with every possible type of emission-reduction tool .
132) Because its FIPs will necessarily require control measures enabling straight-forward compliance determinations,"(133) EPA lacks the flexibility under either approach to consider the diverse options available to California within the AQMP.
134) However, provisions in the LEO Amendments to the Clean Air Act may allow the SCAQMD to finally promulgate an approvable ozone SIP and allow the EPA to adopt a committal FIP until the SCAQMD can revise its AQMP.
Draft 1991 AQMP
supra note 60 (The final 1991 AQMD was set to have been adopted by June 30, 1991.