The Cleaner Air News
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Quarterly meeting 
 Friday, November 13, 2009

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Date:
Friday, November 13th
 
Time:
11:30AM -1:30PM
 
Location:
Sierra Health Foundation
IN THIS ISSUE
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October Low-Car Challenge
Local Air Pollution Control Officer named Co-president of NACAA
Rule 421 Amendments Pass
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SACOG Launches the October Low-Car Challenge
 
SACOG Oct Low-car Challenge 2009
The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is issuing a challenge to lone drivers in the region:  try any transportation alternative in the month of October and win some potentially valuable prizes.  Similar to the "May is Bike Month" challenge, SACOG's fall contest encourages participants to reduce individual vehicle trips for work or errands, rewarding participants with a chance to win a $50 gift certificate and other prizes. 

"Pick any week in October to try an alternative to driving alone for any of your daily trips,"  says SACOG. "Share the ride (carpool), take transit, telecommute, bike or walk. If you can make a change for any trip (errands, work or elsewhere) three days in a week, you could win a $50 gift certificate. 

"If you aren't sure where to start, visit http://www.sacregion511.org/ for tips and tools for ride-sharing, transit and bicycling. Click here to find more details about the challenge and to complete the participation form for eligibility to win the $50 gift certificate."

"This is a innovative program with two valuable outcomes:  rewarding drivers for discovering other ways to get around the region and reducing air pollution here," said Bill Mueller, CAP manager.     
Larry Greene Joins National Clean Air Agency Leadership Team
Sacramento to host 2010 NACAA Conference 
 
Larry GreeneLarry Greene, the Air Pollution Control Officer for the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, recently took the reins as co-president of the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA).  NACAA is the nation's leading association of air pollution control officers working to improve the effectiveness of air quality programs across the US. 

When asked what he is looking forward to in 2010 as co-president, Larry Greene shared "This is an exciting year with a new EPA Administration and with transportation and global warming legislation currently in Congress.  It's important to continue to remind our legislators the importance of state and local agencies to protect the health of our nation's citizens."
 
In a related move, the City of Sacramento was chosen by NACAA as the host city for its Spring conference May 17-19, 2010.  "This will be a great opportunity to highlight ongoing air quality improvement activities in the six-county Sacramento Region," said Greene. 
 
"We couldn't be more proud of Larry Greene and the national leadership role he is now playing," said Tom Stallard, Chairman of the Cleaner Air Partnership.   To learn more about NACAA, please click here.

Wood Burning Rule Amendments Passed

Changes to Rule 421 will help improve winter air quality
 
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District's (SMAQMD) Board voted to strengthen current wood burning regulations (Rule 421) at their meeting on September 24th.  This rule restricts burning wood when air pollution levels are predicted to exceed federal health standards during the winter season.

After an extensive review, the Cleaner Air Partnership agreed to support the amendments to Rule 421.  These changes, which incorporated public and industry feedback, will add an estimated five additional "No Burn" days to the 4-month winter season.  The move will result in fewer "particulates" or harmful soot in the air that is known to trigger health and breathing problems, especially for children and older adults.  The strengthened program will also avoid more stringent regulatory actions placed on business and agriculture that would limit job creation and economic activity in the region.

Exceptions are granted for homeowners who use wood heat as their primary source of warmth and cash incentives and rebates for wood-burning alternatives are available from SMAQMD to help homeowners in need.   
 
To learn more about this program, check out www.airquality.org.
The Cleaner Air Partnership is a joint project of Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails, the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce and Valley Vision to help the Sacramento Region meet clean air standards that protect health and promote economic growth.