Release 05-03      

January 20, 2005


Jerry Martin
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
Air Resources Board Approves $2.4 Million in Research Contracts

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) today approved more than $2.4 million to fund 11 research projects examining air pollution and its health impacts in California.

"The results of these investigations will set the groundwork for future actions of this board," said Acting ARB Chairman, Barbara Riordan. "This kind of empirical research provides the strong foundation needed for an informed, accurate and ultimately successful decision-making process regarding public health."

These 11 projects will examine source, chemistry and impacts of smog in California:

The Air Resources Board is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency. ARB's mission is to promote and protect public health, welfare, and ecological resources through effective reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering effects on the economy. The ARB oversees all air pollution control efforts in California to attain and maintain health based air quality standards.