Release 03-28      

November 21, 2003


Jerry Martin
Gennet Paauwe
(916) 322-2990
ARB Approves Research Plan for 2004-2005

-- The California Air Resources Board (ARB) has approved its research plan for fiscal year 2004-2005.

"The 2004 research plan will help the ARB continue developing the best possible regulations to protect public health and achieve our goal of healthy air for all Californians," said ARB Chairman, Dr. Alan Lloyd "Its important in these fiscally challenging times that we invest our research dollars as wisely as possible," he added.

The 17 project plan contains studies that focus on four main areas of research:

"These projects will further our understanding of how working and attending schools near major traffic corridors can effect the health of both students and teachers and how exposure to everyday pollution sources such as diesel engines and woodsmoke can damage health," Lloyd added.

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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