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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.


Video of July 19, 2023 Community Air Protection Program Grants COMMUNITY WORKSHOP


A workshop was held on June 8, 2021 via Zoom. The presentation and chat log are available for download:

CAPP Workshop 06.08.21 Presentation.pptxCAPP Workshop 06.08.21 Chat Log.txt


Past Workshops:

Click below to download or view the June 11, 2020 workshop presentation and chat log

AB617 Outreach Presentation_2020.pdfAB617 Outreach chat log.txt


CARB 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


Prospective CAP Projects

Ranking (based on DAC, LIC, and 1/2 Mile Buffer)Applicant IDApplicantVehicle TypeProject CostCARL Maximum Potential Award 
1CAPP-13 City of WatsonvilleRefuse Hauler  $707,963.00 $81,329.37
2CAPP-14Monterey COESchool Bus $398,873.00$69,800.95
3CAPP-15Salinas UHSDSchool Bus $422,134.00 $336,033.15
TOTALS:$1,528,970 $487,163.47
4CAPP-16Monterey COESchool Bus $401,026.00$400,000.00
5CAPP-17Salinas UHSDSchool Bus $288,799.85 $71,028.63
GRAND TOTALS:$2,218,795.85$958,192.10

Funded CAP Projects

Project IDGranteeGrant AmountCost-Effectiveness ($/Ton)Annual Emission Reductions (Tons/yr)DACLI1/2 mi BufferLocationFunding Year
CAP01Merrill Farms$233,090.00$17,736.214.47YesYesNoSalinasCAP Year 1
CAP02Merrill Farms $233,090.00 $24,913.152.40YesYesNoSalinasCAP Year 1
CAP03KL Farms $267,511.00 $16,053.52 5.67YesYesNoMoss LandingCAP Year 2
CAP04Stratus Leasing $239,769.00 $21,749.88 3.75YesYesNoSalinasCAP Year 2
CAP05Stratus Leasing $239,769.00 $25,815.61 3.16YesYesNoSalinasCAP Year 2
CAP06Boutonnet Farms $293,140.00 $24,193.00 3.10YesYesNoSalinasCAP Year 2
CAP09Henry Hibino Farms$243,108.00 $28,823.13 2.16NoYesYesSalinasCAP Year 2
CAP10JV Farms Organic $199,703.00 $10,268.17 6.61NoYesNoGreenfieldCAP Year 2
CAP12Invest Grow Management $54,106.00 $4,451.974.13NoYesNoGreenfieldCAP Year 2


CAPP Policies and Procedures AddendumDEERP Policy and Procedures


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