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The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released the first draft of the Advance Clean Fleet (ACF) rule on August 26, 2021. This rule, a first-in-the-world, seeks to push forward a requirement that every new truck sold in California be zero-emission by 2040.
This rule directly addresses the disproportionate health risk that communities, especially low-income Black and Brown, in California experience due to their proximity to heavy truck traffic such as distribution centers, ports, and rail yards. Over 10,000 Californians and multiple industries urge CARB to push a more aggressive policy to protect the most vulnerable communities, stimulate the economy, and achieve cleaner air in California.
“Diesel pollution from California’s transportation system and the worsening climate crisis hits communities of color and low-income communities hardest. Frontline communities pay the price in poorer health, reduced life expectancy, and increased expenses. A strong Advanced Clean Fleets rule must advance 100% zero-emission truck sales by 2035 to address these unacceptable health disparities and generate economic opportunities. California can lead the way by committing to a robust standard and helping small fleets and workers equitably access the benefits of zero-emission trucks.”
– Nicole Wong, Campaign Manager, Dream Corps Green For All
“Families all across California are suffering from the impacts of environmental racism that come in the form of living in some of the most polluted communities in the Country. CARB has a responsibility to those families to ensure that the Advanced Clean Fleet rule is adopted and reflects the need across the State.”
– Andrea Vidaurre, Policy Analyst, People’s Collective for Environmental Justice (PC4EJ)
On September 9, 2021, at 9:00 am, CARB will hold the first virtual public workshop on its recently released first draft of the ACF rule. This workshop will be the first opportunity for the public to learn more about the policy. CARB will present an overview of the rule, and the public will have the opportunity to give their initial comments, reactions and open a discussion about the rule. All participants must register for the workshop.