Release 98-72
November 18, 1998 
CONTACT:  Joe Irvin
Jerry Martin
(916) 322-2990
Research Breakthroughs Benefit California Air Quality

      SACRAMENTO - The California Air Resources Board (ARB) since 1970 has sponsored a comprehensive program of research into the causes, effects and possible solutions to air pollution in California.  Acknowledging these accomplishments, the ARB has created a brief summary report, describing each of these studies from 1989 to present.
        ARB Executive Officer, Michael Kenny said, "Part of our mission at the ARB is to assure Californians that we are advancing toward meeting our goals to reduce air pollution."  He added, "This summary gives us a general overview of the progress we have made through research studies to fulfill this commitment."

        ARB's research program is based on the need to develop a better understanding of emission and transport of air pollutants, related atmospheric reactions, the effect of air pollution on health and the environment, and control of air pollution.  The goal of the program is to provide the timely scientific and technical information needed to develop and support the public policy decisions required for an effective air pollution control program in California.

         A few highlights mentioned in the report that led to improvements in air quality include:

Mobile Sources of Air Pollution:

Toxic Air Contaminants:

Health Effects of Air Pollution:

Ecological Effects of Air Pollution:

        These are just a few examples of the various research studies sponsored by the ARB. The Research Division manages the ARB's research programs in close coordination with other air pollution research organizations including: private entities, universities and other governmental agencies.

        If you would like to obtain a copy of the Air Pollution Research Summary 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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