HEALTH UPDATE: The Effect of Prenatal and Early Childhood Exposure to Air Pollution on Lung Function in Asthmatic Children
Staff will update the Air Resources Board (ARB or the Board) on research linking prenatal and early childhood exposure to air pollution and decreased lung function in asthmatic children. In an exploratory study, the authors found a positive association between prenatal and early childhood exposure to nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and carbon monoxide and reduced lung functioning in children living in Fresno. These results suggest that prenatal and early childhood exposure to air pollution can damage health. However, these findings must be confirmed by further research.
Public Meeting to Consider Appointments to the Research Screening Committee
Motion and Vote
Research undertaken by ARB is guided by the advice and recommendations of the Research Screening Committee (RSC), which comprises a panel of experts from a broad range of scientific disciplines. Recent legislation (AB 2991) allows ARB to expand RSC from nine to eleven members and requires that at least two members of RSC have demonstrated climate change expertise. Staff is recommending the appointment of two additional RSC members to meet the requirements of AB 2991.
Report to the Board on the Environmental Protection Indicators for California Project: Indicators of Climate Change in California
The Environmental Protection Indicators for California (EPIC) project, led by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), is responsible for developing and maintaining a set of indicators that track environmental conditions over time. These can be used to improve our understanding of the environment and how human activities and other factors can influence environmental quality. Working in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, other State agencies, and research institutions, OEHHA has identified a set of indicators that describe climate change and its impacts on the State. OEHHA’s presentation will highlight some of these indicators.
Status Report to the Board on the State Implementation Plan for the Sacramento 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area
Staff will brief the Board on the status of State Implementation Plan (SIP) development for the Sacramento 8 hour ozone nonattainment area. Staff will present the expected benefits in the Sacramento nonattainment area from the 2007 State Strategy for the California SIP. The Sacramento area SIP will be considered for local adoption in January 2009 and by the Air Resources Board shortly thereafter.
The Board will hold a closed session, as authorized by Government Code section 11126(e), to confer with, and receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding the following pending litigation:
Central Valley Chrysler-Jeep, Inc. et al. v. Goldstene, U.S. District Court (E.D. Cal. - Fresno), No. 1:04-CV-06663-AWI-GWA.
Fresno Dodge, Inc. et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 04CE CG03498.
General Motors Corp. et al. v. California Air Resources Board et al., Superior Court of California (Fresno County), Case No. 05CE CG02787.
State of California by and through Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Air Resources Board, and the Attorney General v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Stephen L. Johnson, Administrator, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, Case No. 08-1178.
Green Mountain Chrysler-Plymouth-Dodge-Jeep, et al. v. Crombie, 508 F.Supp.2d 295, U.S. District Court Vermont (2007), appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Docket Nos. 07-4342-cv(L) and 07-4360-cv(CON).
Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company v. California Air Resources Board, Superior Court of California (Sacramento County), Case No. 34-2008-80000064.
OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE BOARD TO COMMENT ON MATTERS OF INTEREST
Board members may identify matters they would like to have noticed for consideration at future meetings and comment on topics of interest; no formal action on these topics will be taken without further notice.
OPEN SESSION TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON SUBJECT MATTERS WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD.
Although no formal Board action may be taken, the Board is allowing an opportunity to interested members of the public to address the Board on items of interest that are within the Board's jurisdiction, but that do not specifically appear on the agenda. Each person will be allowed a maximum of three minutes to ensure that everyone has a chance to speak.
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THE AGENDA ITEMS LISTED ABOVE MAY BE CONSIDERED IN A DIFFERENT ORDER AT THE BOARD MEETING.
SMOKING IS NOT PERMITTED AT MEETINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA AIR RESOURCES BOARD