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Air Quality Plans

The District is required to prepare and update air quality plans to meet or maintain compliance with federal and state air quality standards. The two most common type of air quality plans are: attainment plans, which must show how the region will attain an air pollutant standard by a certain date; and maintenance plans, which must demonstrate how the region will continue to maintain compliance with a standard. Development of these plans requires extensive collaboration with other agencies within the region, industries, businesses, the public, as well as cooperation with the other Air Quality Management Districts (AQMD) within the Sacramento Federal Nonattainment Area (SFNA) planning boundaries, which for ozone and PM2.5 include all or part of Yolo-Solano AQMD, Placer County APCD, Feather River AQMD (not for PM2.5), and El Dorado AQMD; and PM10 boundary includes just Sacramento County. Map of the nonattainment areas is available here.

Current Planning Efforts

Ozone Attainment Plan - 2015 Ozone Standard

The SFNA air districts have started the State Implementation Plan (SIP) work with California Air Resources Board (CARB)  and submitted several plan elements to United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including revisions to the SIP. These include:

Nonattainment New Source Review SIP Certification (Adopted 07/26/2021)

Demonstration of Reasonably Available Control Technology For The 2015 O3 NAAQS (RACT SIP) (Adopted 07/23/2020)

Sac Metro Air District Emissions Statement Certification (Adopted 07/23/2020)

EPA approved California's Nonattainment Areas base year emissions inventory on 09/29/2022 (87 FR 59015)

Draft Final SIP 

SFNA air districts will host public hearings to consider this Plan. After the air districts adopt the Plan, it will be submitted to CARB for final adoption. The Plan will be subsequently submitted to EPA for final reviews and approval.  The Plan documents are available under this (link). 

Previous Planning Efforts

The table below shows a list and links to existing plans (Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress (RFP) Plan and Maintenance Plans) and reports for ozone and particulate matter, which are the two pollutants of greatest concern in the Sacramento region.  This table includes Federal Register actions taken by the EPA and other relevant information.

Federal Planning

Standard Designation, Federal Register, Attainment Date Planning Documents and Notes
Ozone​ ​ ​(O3)
​2015 NAAQS 8-hour Std of 0.070 ppm ​Severe-151 
August 2033
​Attainment and Reasonable Further Progress Plan is available for public review – please see the Current Planning Efforts section above
​​2008 NAAQS 
8-hour Std of 0.075 ppm
(77 FR 30088)
July 2025
​1997 NAAQS
8-hour Std of 0.08 ppm 
69 FR 23685875 FR 24409)
June 20
1979 NAAQS
1-hour Std of 0.12 ppm (Revoked)
(56 FR 5669460 FR 20237
November 2005
Particulate Matter – 2.5 Microns (PM2.5)
​2006 NAAQS
24-hour std of 35 μg/m
December 2015

Particulate Matter – 10 Microns ​(PM10)
​1987 NAAQS
24-hour std of 150 μg/m3
(58 FR 76334
Januray 2000

State Planning

Planning Document Type Document Description Current Planning Document
​Air Quality Plan Update and Triennial Assessment7 ​District’s assess their progress in meeting state air quality standards 2015 Triennial Plan and Air Quality Plan Update 
​Annual Progress Report8 ​CHSC 40924(a) requires report submitted to CARB in mtg schedules to develop and implement control measures 2017 Annual Progress Report


1 SFNA is currently classified as Serious (86 FR 59648) nonattainment area. Preliminary photochemical modeling results do not support the attainment by the Serious classification deadline; as a result, the SFNA air districts have requested a voluntary reclassification and the request is pending EPA's approval. 

2 The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District approved this Plan on 08/24/2017 and CARB approved the Plan on 11/16/2017.

3 This plan was a statewide plan, which included the SFNA. It addressed outstanding legal issues such as establishing a base year of 2017 (instead of 2018) and establishing contingency measures.

4 EPA approved both of these plans in 86 FR 58581.  Final action on the contingency measures element was deferred due to the 9th Circuit Court decision (08/26/2021), which found that EPA's contingency measure approach reflected an unreasonable interpretation of the CAA  and was arbitrary and capricious because it provided a nominal emission reductions. EPA disapproved the contingency measures portion of the Plan on 06/15/2023 (88 FR 39179).

The United States Court of Appeals Court decision (02/16/2018) requires full compliance with all five conditions in CAA §107(d)(3)(E) which includes the need to develop a Maintenance Plan.

6 Approved by all air districts but never submitted to EPA due to exceedance in 2013.

7 The triennial assessment reports the level of air quality improvement and the amounts of emission reductions achieved from control measures for the preceding three-year period.

California Health and Safety Code section 40924(a) requires districts to prepare an Annual Progress Report and submit the report to the CARB summarizing its progress in meeting the schedules for developing, adopting, and implementing the air pollution control measures contained in the district's Triennial Reports by 12/31 of each year.

Action taken by CARB on these items, including staff reports, resolutions, submittal letters to EPA and public hearing notices can be found here.  

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