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The AQMD's mission is to achieve clean air and protect public health and the environment.

Highlights

Lower Federal Smog Standard Means More Orange and Red AQI Days this Spare The Air Season (PDF)

The Sacramento region’s annual Spare The Air season is in effect. When you hear a Spare The Air alert, drive less to reduce pollution and pay attention to current conditions to protect your health.

This summer, residents of the Sacramento region can expect to see more Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups (orange) days and Unhealthy (red) days on the Air Quality Index (AQI) due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) new lower federal ozone health standard. Air pollution isn’t increasing, but health studies have shown that ozone pollution is harmful at even lower levels, and in response the U.S. EPA strengthened its ozone standard from 0.075 to 0.070 parts per million. The AQI was adjusted to correlate with the new standard, and a Sacramento region Spare The Air alert will now be issued when ozone pollution is forecast to meet or exceed 126 AQI.

Know what you're breathing. Download the free Sacramento Region Air Quality app and get the daily AQI, current conditions, Spare The Air alerts and wildfire smoke advisories. The app is available in iOS, Google Play and Windows app stores.

2015 – California’s Progress Toward Clean Air This report includes the latest local and statewide air quality data from 2014 and highlights achievements and challenges for air quality regulators.

EPA Finalizes Updates to Air Standard for Future Wood Heaters This EPA action will help reduce emissions from wood heaters in Sacramento County. Since almost 50 percent of PM2.5 pollution in the county comes from wood burning, all efforts to reduce those emissions are necessary. For more information on the new EPA standard, visit http://www2.epa.gov/residential-wood-heaters.

Fireplace Information Check out the District’s Fireplace Information page. You will find links to regulations and further details about the installation and use of fireplaces, wood stoves and pellet stoves in Sacramento County and the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento.

District Awarded Grant to Reduce Diesel Emissions (PDF)

Sacramento County Meets Federal PM10 Standards (PDF)

Facts About California’s Truck and Bus Anti-Idling Regulations (PDF).

More Compliance Highlights

AQMD Rule 448 Advisory #14-03 Change in Vapor Recovery Testing Notification and Results Submittal September 2014 (PDF)

AQMD Rule 448 AST Updates Feb 28, 2014 (PDF)

AQMD Compliance Assistance page

Business Environmental Resource Center (BERC) news.