Minutes from June 19, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012  

Open Board of Directors Meeting

San Bernardino Community College District

 114 S. Del Rosa Drive San Bernardino, CA 92408


Present:  Dimitrios Alexiou, Don Averill, Carole Beswick, Deborah Barmack, Tom Brickley, Erin Brinker, Ann Bryan, Rachelle Bussell, Ken Coate, Lowell King, Bill Lemann, Temetry Lindsay, Neil Macready, John Mirau, Charlie Ng, Tom Nightingale, Bev Powell, Kristine Scott, Larry Sharp, Shelli Stockton, Phil Waller, Stan Weisser, AJ Wilson and Ray Wolfe. 

Guests: Rebecca Boydston, Dan McGiveny, Vicky Ostermann and Barbara Riordan 

Announcements:  1) If you plan to attend the CTC Reception held on June 27, 2012 from 5p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Maloof Foundation please Rsvp as soon as possible.  2)  A reception will be held today for the new San Bernardino Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden.  The event will be held from 3:30p.m. to 5:30p.m. in the Community Room at the Board of Education Building.  3) Members will vote on proposed member National Community Renaissance next week. 

M/S/P: Minutes of the June 12, 2012 meeting  

Ray Wolfe introduced Dr. Elaine Chang, Deputy Executive Officer, Planning, Rule Development & Area Sources Atmospheric Measurement-South Coast Air Quality Management District.

Dr. Chang indicated that the 2012 Air Quality Management Plan (AQMP) will incorporate the latest scientific and technological information and planning assumptions, including the 2012 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy and updated emission inventory methodologies for various source categories.  The development of the 2012 AQMP will face several challenges, including new and changing federal requirements, implementation of new technology measures, and the continued development of economically sound, flexible compliance approaches.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) develops plans and regulations designed to achieve these public health standards.  The SCAQMD’s Governing board adopts plans for the region and submits them to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the Federal EPA for approval.  The SCAQMD has jurisdiction over business and stationary sources while the CARB is responsible for reducing emissions from mobile sources.  Dr. Chang discussed the National Ambient Air Quality Standards requirements set forth by the U.S. EPA.  The standards must be met or federal funding can be withheld.  Two important measurements are the PM2.5 standard and Ozone levels.

PM2.5 particles are air pollutants with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less, small enough to invade even the smallest airways. These particles generally come from activities that burn fossil fuels, such as traffic, smelting, and metal processing.  These “PM2.5 particles” are known to produce respiratory and cardiovascular illness.   The following are the Air Quality Management Plan proposed PM2.5 control measures to ensure goal attainment:

  • Reductions from NOx RECLAIM
  • Under-fired charbroilers
  • Port backstop measures
  • Incentive to adopt cleaner combustion equipment
  • Incentive to manufacture zero or near-zero technologies
  • Education and outreach on energy and environment

Local strategies will need to be implemented for areas such as Mira Loma where they have both a high level of livestock waste and mobile sources serving warehouses and distribution centers.

Ozone reductions will come from reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx).  Ground level Ozone is the chemical reaction to NOx and volatile organic compounds (VOC).  Standards have not been met but the AQMD plans to work with the CARB staff in San Joaquin for the next 2-3 years.  Their Ozone approach strategy is:

8-hr ozone standards (80 parts per billion (ppb) by 2023; 75 ppb by 2032)

  • NOx heavy strategy needed to meet standard
  • Provide actions to be taken in next 2-3 years
  • Mostly mobile source measures
  • “Vision” document  to maximize co-benefits

Suggested measures to reduce Ozone from mobile sources are: Mobile On-Road– Accelerated penetration of zero and near-zero emission vehicles, early retirement of older vehicles and reduce emissions from near-dock rail yards. Mobile Off-Road– Extension of SOON provision, incentives/regulation to further reduce emissions from locomotives and marine vessels, early action for advanced control technologies and research & development/demonstrations/incentives.

They will need to seek additional funding but the minimum needed to implement proposed mobile source measures are:

  • On-Road – $85 M/yr
  • Off-Road Construction/Industrial Equipment – $30M/yr
  • Locomotives, Marine Vessels – Not Estimated

Existing Funding Programs

  • SB1107 & AB923 – ~$57 M/yr (AB 923 Sunset – Dec. 2014)
  • Prop 1B – up to $125M/yr (Sunset – Dec. 2013)
  • AB118 AQIP – up to $16M/yr (Sunset – Dec. 2015)
  • MSRC – ~$14M/yr

The SCAQMD is conducting key agency and stakeholder meetings in addition to working with air quality institutes and focus groups to discuss the 2012 plan.  Their schedule is: June-July 2012 release

  • Draft AQMP
  • Draft EIR
  • Socioeconomic report
  • Four-county public workshops/CEQA scoping (July 10, 11,12)

Adoption hearing on October 5, 2012

  •  Submit to CARB for approval
  •  SIP submittal to EPA

December 2012 deadline

A Q&A period followed.

Meeting adjourned at 8:35 a.m.