As for other emissions reductions measures in the works, last year, ultra-low-sulfur diesel began appearing at the pump, which is greatly reducing emissions along the Highway 5 and 99 corridors. The new blend contains 97 percent less sulfur, which means huge reductions in oxides of nitrogen, or NOx, and particulate matter.
In the coming year, we also will begin soliciting local proposals under Proposition 1B, which earmarked $1 billion
for goods movement pollution control. All told, this program is projected to reduce statewide combined emissions of NOx and diesel particulate matter by more than 250,000 tons during the life of the bond-funded equipment. We fully anticipate that a sizable chunk of this funding will wind up addressing truck and train emissions in the San Joaquin Valley.
So we're on the right track, but now comes the hard part: setting in place the specific measures. As we move forward, we are committed to running an open process that includes regular public meetings along the way. We have ambitious plans, but we can't carry them out without all of our partners, including communities, government and industry.
As a mother of three and a valley resident for more than 20 years, I am encouraged by the work everyone is undertaking to clear our skies sooner rather than later. Please join us as we move ahead on this crucial public health plan.
D'Adamo, a Turlock resident, is a member of the California Air Resources Board. She is an attorney and works for Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced.