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Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program. Contra Costa County Forum on Cumulative Impacts of Pollution Philip Martien, Ph.D. Bay Area Air Quality Management District December 4, 2008. Overview. Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program CARE Mitigation Action Plan

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community air risk evaluation care program

Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program

Contra Costa County

Forum on

Cumulative Impacts of Pollution

Philip Martien, Ph.D.

Bay Area Air Quality Management District

December 4, 2008

overview
Overview
  • Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) Program
  • CARE Mitigation Action Plan
  • Multi-pollutant Clean Air Plan
  • Cumulative Impacts Resolution
regulatory authority
Regulatory Authority
  • Regional Air Pollution Control Agencies
    • Primary regulatory authority over stationary sources
  • State Air Resources Board
    • Intrastate mobile sources—cars, trucks, cargo handling equipment
  • U.S. EPA
    • Interstate mobile sources—trains, aircraft & ocean going vessels
care program objectives
CARE Program Objectives
  • Evaluate regional and community cancer and non-cancer health risk from ambient toxic air contaminants
  • Identify sensitive populations
  • Focus health risk mitigation measures on locations with higher risk levels and sensitive populations
from emissions of toxic air contaminants to health effects
From Emissions of Toxic Air Contaminants to Health Effects

Chronicle/Kurt Rogers

Emissions

Concentrations

Exposure

Health

Effects

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model estimated cancer risk
Model Estimated Cancer Risk*

Expected cancer incidents per million people

Modeled concentrations weighted by health risk of each compound

Based on year 2005 emissions

*Cancer risk from:

Diesel PM

Benzene

1-3, butadiene

Formaldehyde

Acetaldehyde

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measured trends in toxic air contaminants show risk reduction
Measured Trends in Toxic Air Contaminants Show Risk Reduction
  • Bay Area average cancer risk from air pollutants is decreasing
  • BUT, risk in some locations is high compared to average
  • AND health studies suggest that age and income affect sensitivity to air pollution

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demographic health data
Demographic & Health Data

Population under 18

Asthma Hospitalization Rates

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care mitigation action plan
CARE Mitigation Action Plan
  • Focus risk reduction activities where they are most needed
  • Based on maps of toxic air emissions and sensitive populations, six impacted communities were identified
  • Grant funds
  • Outreach efforts
  • Liaison with local health & planning departments
  • Land use guidance
  • Green Ports Initiative
community outreach
Meet with community members in impacted areas to seek input on projects to fund

Provide community-specific information on toxic air contaminants and emission reductions

Community Outreach
  • Hear community concerns
  • Collaborate on local-scale studies

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land use guidance
Land Use Guidance
  • Cities and counties have authority over local land-use decisions
  • Land-use guidance will help cities and counties
    • Evaluate health impact resulting from new development projects
    • Assess the health impact to new development projects from existing toxic sources
    • Determine when mitigation is required and identify possible measures and their effectiveness
    • Assist with general plans and project-specific analysis
    • Provide tool for more informed local decision making
land use issues
Land Use Issues
  • New infill development projects in impacted communities
  • Potential conflict between residential developments and freeways, busy roads, and other sources of diesel emissions
    • Need health protective land use planning
  • Opportunities for collaboration
    • Example: Oakland Army Base
2009 clean air plan
2009 Clean Air Plan
  • Update 2005 Ozone Strategy
  • Consider multiple pollutants in an integrated plan- Ozone- Particulate matter- Toxic air contaminants- Greenhouse gases
  • Improve air quality & protect public health
  • Protect our climate
  • Regional plan will provide local air quality benefits
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Cumulative Impacts Resolution

  • Address community concerns
  • Air District Board Adopted Resolution (July 30, 2008)
    • Continue to address cumulative impacts
    • CARE Mitigation Action Plan
    • Continue to explore additional options
  • Next Steps: CARE Working Group
    • Develop recommendations for the CARE Task Force & Air District Staff
    • Broad representation
      • Business groups
      • Community members
      • Governmental agencies – health & planning departments
      • Non-profit, non-governmental agencies
      • Air District Staff
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Key Questions for Working Group

  • CARE Mitigation Action Plan has focused on reducing diesel PM, especially in the six impacted communities.
  • What additional actions within these communities?
  • Other areas where the Air District should focus?
    • Compare benefit of additional actions to benefits of diesel PM reductions
  • What actions should be taken by other agencies or groups?
  • How can we improve collaboration between various agencies and groups?
contact information
Contact Information

Phil Martien

[email protected]

(415) 749-4660

Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) web link:

http://www.baaqmd.gov/CARE

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