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Clean Air Technology Initiative

About the Clean Air Technology Initiative

EPA, the California Air Resources Board, the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are committed partners in the Clean Air Technology Initiative (PDF) (2 pp, 1.1M) , a collaborative effort to accelerate advanced clean technologies in support of improved air quality and improved quality of life in California's South Coast and San Joaquin Valley Air Basins.

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What is the aim of this initiative?

Two regions of California experience some of the highest air pollution levels in the entire United States: the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Basins. Accelerating progress on this public health challenge requires an all-out team effort – while also maintaining sensitivity to each region's unique demographic and air quality profiles.

Who will oversee this initiative?

The Clean Air Technology Initiative is spearheaded by five public agencies—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, and South Coast Air Quality Management District—to align resources to accelerate cleanup solutions in the form of advanced clean technologies. Key government staff from all four these agencies, as well as others, to oversee collaborative projects in technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment that can help the two regions attain federal air quality standards and thereby obtain dramatic public health benefits.

How did the initiative begin?

On July 9, 2008, representatives from EPA, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (PDF) (6pp, 860k).  Through this MOA, the Clean Air Technology Initiative was born with a principal goal of improving air quality by aligning agency research resources, where possible, to evaluate innovative and emerging emission reduction technologies and choose technologies on which to collaborate with each other to accelerate development and deployment.

Objectives and Desired Outcomes

  • To carry out projects, one each in the San Joaquin Valley and South Coast Air Basins, that minimize air pollution through advance technologies, tools and policies.
  • To showcase an integrated approach (addressing traditional air pollutants, air toxics, and greenhouse gas emissions) in a highly impacted community, to serve as a model for other heavily impacted areas facing challenges in nonattainment and environmental justice.
  • To expedite technology development and commercialization of clean technologies to meet the State Implementation Plan and other clean air objectives; to facilitate the deployment of low-emission technology in a selected community.
  • To foster opportunities for green jobs and sustainable business development.

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U.S. EPA

California

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