Community Risk Reduction Planning: Taking the HRA to the Next Level to Address Public Health
Saturday, May 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CDT
San Francisco, CA, United States
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Human exposure to toxic air contaminants (TACs) is associated with numerous adverse health effects and is typically addressed in air quality analyses conducted in compliance with CEQA. While the debate continues after the California Supreme Court’s CBIA vs. BAAQMD decision on how and when to address or mitigate the effects of the environment on a project in CEQA, Governor Brown signed SB 1000 into law in September 2016, which amends the State's Planning and Zoning Law to require local governments to include a new mandatory Environmental Justice (EJ) Element in their general plan updates. According to the statute, the EJ Element must “reduce the unique or compounded health risks in disadvantaged communities by means that include, but are not limited to, the reduction of pollution exposure.” Thus, while there may be less certainty around when and how to prepare project-level health risk assessments (HRAs) under CEQA, there is now a clear policy mandate (at least for jurisdictions with disadvantaged communities) to address and mitigate health risk exposure to air pollution through the general plan.
Several local agencies in the Bay Area (i.e., BAAQMD, San Francisco, Hayward) have already realized the benefits of developing plan-level approaches to addressing and mitigating TAC exposure for a community as a whole as an alternative to project-specific HRAs, through the preparation and implementation of a Community Risk Reduction Plan (CRRP). This session will provide an overview of the CRRP approach, including technical modeling approaches that can be used; lessons learned; developing a health risk reduction policy framework, project-level mitigation measures, and best management practices; and considerations for integrating the CRRP into local general plans or community plans.
Erik de Kok
Lynne Bynder, firstname.lastname@example.org