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Public Policy Newsletter Article

Air Pollution Control Chief Speaks with Biocom’s Environmental Health & Safety Committee

  • 2020-08-27T15:00:00.000+0000
  • San Diego
  • Author: Melanie Cohn

On August 20th, San Diego County Air Pollution Control District Acting Director Rob Reider joined our Environmental Health & Safety Committee to share district updates and changes as a result of Assembly Bill 423.

First, he reviewed state guidelines regarding emergency generator use during August’s Extreme Heat Event. Whereas state guidelines have historically been issued following a heat event to forgive emissions related to emergency use, Governor Newsom ordered regulatory agencies throughout the state to forgive emergency generator use during the most recent heat warning, allowing companies to plan for energy use during peak times.

Assembly Bill 423 (Gloria 2019) will shape the Air Pollution Control District in a new way. The bill calls for a new governing body, with an 11-member board of representatives from supervisorial districts, the City of San Diego, environmental groups, and scientists. The new board is slated to be in place by March 2021. Reider will oversee the formation of this new board and the district’s 150 staff members during the transition period.

We thank Mr. Reider for joining our committee meeting and for providing crucial updates to members during this uncertain time.