AB 617 Community Air Protection

Signed by Governor Brown in 2017, Assembly Bill (AB) 617 was authored by Assembly Member Cristina Garcia to address the disproportionate impacts of air pollution in environmental justice communities. In response to this bill, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP) to reduce pollution exposure in communities based on environmental, health and socio-economic information, essentially prioritizing air quality improvements in these communities by enhancing air monitoring, providing cleaner technologies, and engaging the community.

AB 617 has key elements, such as adding and accelerating requirements for Best Available Retrofit Control Technology (BARCT) for industrial sources, creating a technology clearinghouse, increasing penalty fees, and greater transparency and availability of air emissions data.

CARB Activities

MBARD Activities

BARCT for Industrial Sources: 

AB 617 requires each air district in a non-attainment area for one or more air pollutants to adopt an expedited schedule for implementation of BARCT for industrial sources. MBARD's adopted schedule can be viewed here:  Expedited BARCT Schedule