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California greenhouse gas emissions report from Air Pollution Control Officers

A major white paper for the public regarding California greenhouse gas emissions

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CAPCOA is an Association of Air Pollution Control Officers representing all thirty-five local air quality agencies throughout California. CAPCOA has been in existence since 1975, and is dedicated to protecting the public health and providing clean air for all residents and visitors to breathe.

Their website contains the following information:

  • News items regarding the Association
  • Color maps detailing air basin and district boundaries
  • Direct link to key federal, state and local air agencies
  • Information on how CAPCOA is organized and operated
  • Describes activities of CAPCOA and local air districts
  • Roster of all 35 air districts with addresses, phones, fax and email

The association has released a major white paper to the public regarding California greenhouse gas emissions: January 2, 2008

The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) is pleased to release a resource guide to addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

This resource guide has been prepared to support local governments as they develop their programs and policies around climate change issues. It is not a guidance document. It is not intended to dictate or direct how any agency chooses to address GHG emissions. Rather, it is intended to provide a common platform of information about key elements of CEQA as they pertain to GHG, including an analysis of different approaches to setting significance thresholds.

The CAPCOA White Paper, "CEQA and Climate Change,"
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The resource guide also contains an organized review of available tools and models for evaluating GHG emissions, and an overview of strategies for mitigating potentially significant GHG emissions from projects. As we note, these tools need to be updated and improved, however they can be used now. CAPCOA intends to revise the resource guide periodically to include updated tools and models, and the most current mitigation strategies.

Finally, we recognize that this is an evolving policy area, especially in light of the passage of the Global Climate Change Solutions Act of 2006 (AB-32). As the California Air Resources Board and other state agencies and offices develop policies and regulations to address GHG emissions, the interface between CEQA and these other programs may change. This resource guide is offered in the spirit of making tools and information available in a straightforward and useful manner to help us all move forward in a coordinated and collaborative way.

Questions and comments should be directed to John Yu:

California Air Pollution Control Officers Association
980 Ninth Street, 16th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 449-9603 (916) 449-9604 FAX

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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