May 24, 2000

PUBLIC WORKSHOPS TO DISCUSS PROPOSED
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING COMMUNITIES FOR
CHILDREN'S HEALTH AIR MONITORING STUDIES

Dear Sir or Madam:

The Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in public workshops to discuss the proposed criteria to select communities for special air monitoring studies for the protection of children's health pursuant to Senate Bill 25 (SB 25). The purpose of these workshops is to receive comments on these draft criteria from members of the public. The workshops will be held at the following times and locations:

  Date:
Time:
Location:
  June 14, 2000
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Resources Building
1416 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California
Auditorium Room 1st Floor
  June 16, 2000
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Elihu Harris Building
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, California
Auditorium 1st Floor
  Date:
Time:
Location:
  June 28, 2000
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Fresno State Building
2550 Mariposa Mall
Fresno, California
Auditorium Room 1036
  June 30, 2000
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, California
Auditorium 1st Floor
SB 25, enacted in 1999, established new air monitoring requirements which focus on children's exposure to air pollution. As part of those requirements, the ARB is establishing special air monitoring studies to evaluate the adequacy of the current air pollution monitoring network to determine children's exposure to air pollutants, including toxic air contaminants. Specifically, SB 25 requires the ARB to conduct special air monitoring in
six communities across the State to gather data necessary to: 1) determine the adequacy of the current air pollution monitoring network; 2) identify areas where the exposure of children is not adequately measured; and, 3) make recommendations to improve and expand the air pollution monitoring network to more adequately reflect children's exposure to air pollution. The expanded program shall include placing air pollution monitors near schools, day care centers, and outdoor recreational facilities. We have developed proposed criteria to select the six communities across the State. We will carefully consider public comments received on these criteria prior to selecting communities for these studies.

SB 25 contains other air quality requirements proposed to protect children's health. The other requirements of SB 25 include: 1) reviewing existing ambient air quality standards to determine whether the standards adequately protect the health of the public including children; 2) revising the highest priority ambient air quality standard determined to be inadequate; 3) establishing a list of toxic air contaminants that children may be especially sensitive to; and, 4) reviewing and revising existing control measures and adopting new control measures for the toxic air contaminants on this list.

For a copy of the SB 25 language, the draft criteria for community selection, and maps to the workshops, please see our website at /ch/ceh/ceh.htm. If you do not have internet access,
please contact Helen Brockenbrough at (916) 322-6271. If you have any questions, please contact
Ms. Linda Murchison, Chief, Emission Inventory Branch at (916) 322-6021.

Sincerely,

    // s //

Robert D. Fletcher, Chief
Planning and Technical Support Division


 

AGENDA
 
Public Workshops to Discuss Proposed
Criteria for Selecting Communities for
Children's Health Air Monitoring Studies

June 14, 2000 - 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento
June 16, 2000 - 1515 Clay Street, Oakland
June 28, 2000 - 2550 Mariposa Mall, Fresno
June 30, 2000 - 300 South Spring Street, Los Angeles
 
I. Introductions
 
II. Purpose of the Workshop
 
III. Overview of ARB Community Health Programs
 
IV. Senate Bill 25
 
V. Evaluation of Air Monitoring Network
 
VI. Draft Criteria for Site Selection
 
VII. Questions and Public Comments on Draft Criteria
 
VIII. Workshop Summary and Conclusion
 
The presentation portion will be approximately one hour. There will be two hours available for questions and public comments.


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