Medina Celebrates Advancements at the California Air Resources Board and Announces Changes to Legislation

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  • Julianne Cravotto
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SACRAMENTO, CAAssemblymember Jose Medina (D-Riverside) released the following statement on the status of AB 363, which would streamline and modernize the Carl Moyer Air Quality Standards Attainment Program:

“I have decided to not move my bill, AB 363, forward. My district is one of the regions that suffers from poor levels of clean, healthy air compared to many other regions in California. Heavy duty vehicles are a dominant source of air pollution, which disproportionately impact disadvantaged communities, especially those located along freight corridors. After successful advocacy and collaboration by our coalition of supporters and myself, I am pleased that the California Air Resources Board has made significant and impactful changes to the Carl Moyer Air Quality Standards Attainment Program, therefore achieving the intent of my legislation. AB 363 served as a vehicle to necessitate such changes, primarily, incentivizing fleets to reduce the number of diesel engines by replacing them with cleaner engines. I would like to thank our sponsor, the California Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, for their hard work with my office on this bill.”

“We are grateful to Assembly Member Medina for advancing AB 363 to help bring expedited relief to communities exposed to the highest levels of air pollution, especially those disadvantaged communities of color,” said Nicole Rice, President of the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. “With his leadership and the subsequent action of CARB, we were able to reach a remedy that not only greatly improves the overall effectiveness of the on-road portion of the Carl Moyer Program, but opens up funding and participation opportunities for the further adoption of clean, low NOx trucks, powered by carbon-negative renewable natural gas, to displace diesel trucks. This resolution further complements the $45 million budget appropriation for low NOx truck incentives that was approved by the Legislature and the Governor in the 2021-22 State Budget, also with the strong support and commitment of Assembly Member Medina.”

The Carl Moyer Memorial Air Quality Standards Program was created in 1998 to reduce near-term emissions reductions including from heavy-duty diesel engines that are a major source of air pollution, including from smog-forming nitrogen oxides (NOx), and cancer-causing air toxins including particulate matter from diesel combustion engines.

AB 363, which Assemblymember Medina introduced last year, successfully passed the Assembly with bipartisan support. Most recently, the legislation was referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.