The California Air Resources Board has approved more than $5
million for air pollution research, including studies on particulate matter,
ship emissions and climate change emissions.
According to a CARB press release, projects of note within the plan,
and their funding amounts, include:
- Defining the relationship between air pollution
and premature death due to particulate matter air pollution – $175,000;
- Determining the nature and magnitude of emissions
from offshore shipping emissions – $50,000; and
- Quantifying engine lube oil’s contribution to
mobile source particulate matter emissions – $100,000 CARB sponsorship.
The total project cost is $400,000 and is funded via co-sponsorships.
Part of the funding will also go toward studies to address climate
change emissions, including work to quantify refrigerant emissions from motor
vehicle air conditioning systems, non-professional service and repair of those
systems, auto dismantling and recycling, and non-light duty vehicles.