Release 98-06      

February 24, 1998


Joe Irvin
Jerry Martin
(916) 322-2990

Richard Varenchik
(626) 575-6730
Media Advisory

ARB to Discuss South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) State Implementation Plan (SIP)

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) will hold its regular Board meeting at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, February 26, 1998, to consider approval of a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) at the following location:

South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 East Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, California

At this meeting, the ARB will consider a revision to the SIP that furthers heavy-duty vehicle emission-reduction efforts. Options under ARB exploration include increased in-use compliance programs and market-based incentives for heavy-duty vehicles.

The Board will also consider approval of the 1998 regulatory rulemaking calendar which includes information relating to the 1994 ozone SIP. An informational review of air quality trends and an overview of the ARB's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, including a recap of 1997 legislation, will also be presented.

Additionally, the ARB will make a video tape presentation of its new "End Smog" public service announcement featuring Ed Begley, Jr.

Following the Board meeting, a stakeholders forum will be held to discuss future California air quality management objectives. A panel of air quality experts -- from government to the environmental and business sectors -- will share their perspectives. An agenda is attached.

For more information, please contact ARB's Public Information Office at (916) 322-2990.

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.

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California Air Resources Board Meeting
and Stakeholder Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 26, 1998

South Coast Air Quality Management District
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, California


9:30 a.m. -

California Air Resources Board Monthly Meeting Board Hearing Room

Items Scheduled for Hearing:

  • Report on California Air Quality Trends
  • Report on 1998 Rulemaking Calendar
  • Proposed SIP Revision on Heavy-Duty Diesel Scrappage Measure
  • Legislative Update

(A break will be taken for Lunch.)


1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Panel and Stakeholder Discussion: Future Air Quality Challenges Los Angeles (Room CC-6)
(Times Approximate - Subject to Duration of Board Meeting.)