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.






Philip Martien

Dr. Philip Martien manages the Community Air Risk Evaluation (CARE) program at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, where he has served for 26 years. Dr. Martien holds a doctorate degree from UC Berkeley's Civil & Environmental Engineering program. Read More

Dimitri Antoniou

Dimitri Antoniou is an environmental planner and air quality/greenhouse gas specialist with experience in environmental impact analysis, critical writing and document preparation, and GIS analysis. He has worked on a variety of projects conducting environmental analyses and preparing environmental documents pursuant to CEQA and NEPA. He has experience conducting ... Read More

Jessica Range

Jessica Range is a Senior Environmental Planner with the City and County of San Francisco where she oversees CEQA analysis and serves as a lead technical specialist for noise, air quality, greenhouse gases, and hazardous materials for the Planning Department. With the City and County of San Francisco, Mrs. Range ... Read More

Erik de Kok

Erik de Kok is a Senior Planner/Project Manager at Ascent Environmental, where he leads the firm’s Sustainability Planning practice and specializes in the preparation and implementation of climate action plans, sustainability plans, greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction plans, climate change vulnerability assessments, and climate adaptation plans. Over his career ... Read More

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