Community Air Grant-Establish Tribal Air Monitoring Program


SCH Number
Public Agency
California Air Resources Board (ARB)
Document Title
Community Air Grant-Establish Tribal Air Monitoring Program
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Community Air Grant funds will be used to identify and purchase an air monitoring station to be installed on the Cabazon Band of Mission Indian Reservation. This project will include the following activities: 1. Establish a fixed monitoring station that meets Federal Reference or Equivalent Method (FEM) PM2.5 and would PM10 instrument requirements, and monitors air pollutant levels and meteorology. The fixed monitoring station would operate through March 2021. 2. A secure monitoring shelter will be outfitted with air monitoring equipment (Teledyne T640X PM2.5 and PM10 instrument). 3. Quality Assurance Project Plan and Standard Operating Procedures will be developed. 4. A 10-meter meteorological tower will be outfitted with wind speed, wind direction, temperature, and relative humidity sensors. Instruments will undergo acceptance testing prior to deployment in the field. In addition, community grant funds will be used for training and hiring technical experts to operate the air monitoring station through March 2021, and provide quarterly assessments and analysis of the air quality data. Air quality data will be made publically available on the Tribal website. Finally, grant funds will be used to conduct outreach activities to the community on air quality issues, as well as work with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, Imperial County Air Pollution Control District and California Air Resources Board to evaluate air pollution levels on the Reservation. These tasks will help build capacity in Tribal staff for ongoing air quality measurements, aid the community in developing approached to reduce personal exposure, and educate and engage community members on their local air quality.

Contact Information

Rachel Pallatin
Agency Name
Air Resources Board
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Other Location Info
Location Specific: Cabazon Band of Mission Indians' tribal land adjacent to the Twenty-Nine Palms Reservation.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Sections- 15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
In accordance with CEQA, the use of the Common Sense Exemption is based on the "general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment." (CEQA Guidelines, S15061 (b) (3)). The use of this exemption is appropriate if "it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment." With certainty, there is no possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment. NOTE: See NOE for full details.

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