Community Air Grant - South Central Los Angeles Air Quality Project

Summary

SCH Number
2018108363
Lead Agency
Air Resources Board
Document Title
Community Air Grant - South Central Los Angeles Air Quality Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles will use community air grant funds to conduct community outreach about AB 617, support community participation in AB 617 process, provide technical assistance to community members, translate technical materials, and develop technical and community comments on projects. The funds will also be used to produce fact sheets in Spanish and English tailored to specific communities and trainings. Hand-held air monitors (Air Beam hand held sensors) and fixed location air monitoring pods (approx 12) equipped with electrolytic, metal oxides and infrared sensors will be deployed to continuously measure (at one minute intervals) methane, non-methane hydrocarbons, ozone, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide. Beacon Environmental Passive Diffusion Tubes will be used with each air monitoring pod to collect benzane, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene and Purple Air monitors (approx 5) will also be used to monitor particulate matter. The fixed location air monitoring pods, such as U or Y-pds, are discreet air monitoring devices typically placed on a roof or next to an existing structure. Purple Air monitors are small devices, used in fixed locations to monitor air particles and can be affixed to existing structures or walls. Air monitoring locations will be selected after a community engagement process.

Contact Information
Rachel Pallatin
Air Resources Board
1001 I St PO Box 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812-3044

(916) 324-3502

Location

Cities
Los Angeles, City of Los Angeles
Counties
Los Angeles

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
The activities proposed involve collection of information and does not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The proposed deployment or air monitoring devices does not expand existing use of the structures. The Air beam, air monitoring pods, beacon environmental passive tubes, and purple air monitors are small air monitoring devices that can be set on rooftops or the ground or carried by hand. Typical installation of the devices does not involve construction, trenching or ground disturbing activities. The PurpleAir particulate matter sensors are small devices to monitor particulate in the air; similarly, KMS AirBeams are temporary, hand held devices to monitor air and to collect data that will be used as part of the curriculum and future community action plans.
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