Butte County Air Quality Management District
629 Entler Avenue, Suite 15
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 332-9400

Air Quality Planning, CEQA and Climate Change

CAPCOA has released California’s Progress Toward Clean Air (April 2014), the annual collaborative state of the air report.  The full report is available on CAPCOA's website.

National Association of Clean Air Agencies, July 2011 - Primer on Climate Science Change  - This brochure provides a summary of the most important information on climate change science in one document.

Quantifying Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Measures - A resource for local government to assess emission reducitons from greenhouse gas mitigation measures August, 2010.

Health Risk Assessments for Proposed Land Use Projects, July 2009 - California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) has released a new guidance document for assessing proposed land use projects and potential health risk assessments.  This document is available via download on the CAPCOA website.  

Siting Guidance  In 2012, CARB staff prepared a document entitled "Status of Research on Potential Mitigation Concepts to Reduce Exposure to Nearby Traffic Pollution". It provides information on scientific research that has been conducted on various building-related  and site mitigation concepts suggested as potentially effective approaches for reducing traffic-related pollution exposure to those living near high traffic roadways. This paper is not intended as guidance for any specific project and does not provide a methodology for determining appropriate mitigation measures for purposes of compliance with CEQA, however it does provide useful information that could be considered when evaluating potential mitigation approaches, find it here.

Model Policies for GHG's in General Plan, June 2009 - CAPCOA has released a resource for local government to incorporate General Plan Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions, "Model Policies for GHGs in General Plans". This document is available via download on the CAPCOA website

CEQA and Climate Change, January 2, 2008 - CAPCOA has released a resource guide to address greenhouse gas emission (GHG) from projects subject to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The resource guide has been prepared to support local governments as they develop their programs and policies around climate change issues. This document is available via download on the CAPCOA website.   

Clean Air Plan

The 2012 Air Quality Attainment Plan was created by the air districts within the Northern Sacramento Valley. The purpose of the plan is to achieve and maintain healthy air quality throughout the northern air basin. The plan addresses the progress made in implementing the original plan submitted to the California Air Resources Board in 1991 and has been updated every three years, most recently in 2012.  The plan includes the proposed control strategies necessary to attain the California ozone standard at the earliest practicable date. 

CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act)

***CEQA AIR QUALITY HANDBOOK 2014 UPDATE***:  Public hearing to consider adopting the Draft CEQA Air Quality Handbook on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am at the Chico City Council Chambers, 421 Main Street, Chico, CA. 

Butte County Air Quality Management District - 2008 CEQA Air Quality Handbook

Throughout the Northern Sacramento Valley Air Basin the major contributor to air pollution is the motor vehicle. The CEQA Air Quality Handbook seeks to reduce emission resulting from vehicular activity. This includes measures to reduce dependency on the automobile for mobility and mitigate the air quality impacts of new development. The mitigation measures in these guidelines encourage walking, bicycling, transit use and other alternative travel modes by making them more convenient and safe to use.

The Butte County Air District, as a Responsible/Concerned agency under CEQA, reviews proposed projects and provides comments to the lead agencies.  Project review will include suggested mitigation measures from those listed in Section V and Appendix C of the CEQA Air Quality Handbook and from additional Responsible/Concerned Agency responses. 

The lead agency will either accept or reject District recommendations. If accepted, the applicant shall initiate mitigation measures by Land Use Permit application.  If the recommendations are rejected, the local land use authority must identify the basis for rejection.

Following a review of the final mitigation measures, the District may elect to appeal the final decision before the local land use authority (Public Resources Code §21167).

Senate Bill 656 

In 2003, the California Legislature enacted Senate Bill 656 (SB 656, Sher), codified as Health and Safety Code (H&SC) section 39614, to reduce public exposure to particulate matter. The goal is to make progress toward attainment of federal and state respirable particulate matter (PM10) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) standards. As the first step, SB 656 requires the California Air Resource Board (CARB), in consultation with local air districts, to develop a list of the most readily available, feasible, and cost-effective control measures that could be employed by CARB and local air districts to reduce PM10 and PM2.5 (collectively referred to as PM) emissions. To meet this requirement, CARB staff developed a list of control measures based on rules, regulations, and programs existing in California as of January 1, 2004. The CARB adopted this list of measures in November 2004.

The Bill also requires each local air district to adopt an implementation schedule and appropriate control measures to reduce particulate matter pollution. In developing the implementation schedule, H&SC section 39614 (d)(2) specifically requires each air district to prioritize measures that the air district is considering from the CARB list based on the effect individual measures will have on public health, air quality, emission reductions, and cost-effectiveness. Air districts must adopt an implementation schedule for applicable measures at a noticed public meeting and after at least one public workshop. The implementation schedule should identify the selected subset of measures, and the dates for final adoption, implementation, and sequencing of selected control measures. Finally, no later than January 1, 2009, the CARB must prepare a report describing the actions taken to fulfill the requirements of the legislation as well as recommendations for further actions to assist in achieving the State PM standards. The bill requirements sunset on January 1, 2011, unless extended.

Following a public hearing on August 25, 2005, the BCAQMD Governing Board approved the District Implementation Schedule Under SB656. The approved schedule includes control measures for wood burning devices, residential burning, fugitive dust, composting and related operations and coating operations. Butte County Air Quality Management District SB656 Implementation Schedule.