Benefits and Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Limits on Disadvantaged Communities

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announces the availability of an initial report on the benefits and impacts of the state’s greenhouse gas limits (Assembly Bill 32) in disadvantaged communities. This report has been prepared pursuant to a directive from the Governor issued in December 2015.

In this report, OEHHA has focused on the Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Program, which regulates greenhouse gas emissions from industrial facilities and other sources. The report examines the location of these facilities with respect to communities identified as disadvantaged under Senate Bill 535, and how emissions of greenhouse gases may related to emissions of co-pollutants, particularly criteria and toxic air pollutants.

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CalEPA Press Release: New Reports to Examine Impact of Climate Change Programs on Disadvantaged Communities