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California Air Resources Board


From the California Air Resources Board website:
“The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is charged with protecting the public from the harmful effects of air pollution and developing programs and actions to fight climate change. From requirements for clean cars and fuels to adopting innovative solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, California has pioneered a range of effective approaches that have set the standard for effective air and climate programs for the nation, and the world…

Reducing air pollution and protecting public health guide CARB’s actions. Our role is to:

  • Set the state’s air quality standards at levels that protect those at greatest risk – children, older adults and people with lung and heart disease;
  • Identify pollutants that pose the greatest health risks, such as diesel exhaust particles, benzene in gasoline and formaldehyde in consumer products;
  • Measure our progress in reducing pollutants utilizing the nation’s most extensive air monitoring network;
  • Verify automakers’ emissions compliance at CARB’s renowned Haagen-Smit Laboratory in El Monte;
  • Research the causes and effects of air pollution problems – and potential solutions – using the best available science and technology;
  • Study the costs and benefits of pollution controls, paying particular attention to individuals and communities most at risk; and
  • Lead California’s efforts to reduce climate-changing emissions through measures that promote a more energy-efficient and resilient economy.”

Geographic Jurisdiction

State of California

Activities Regulated

The California Air Resources Board is responsible for air pollution regulation in California. However, many administration and enforcement responsibilities are delegated to local air districts. In general, CARB administrates and enforces mobile air pollution sources and local air districts enforce and administrate stationary air pollution sources.


The California Air Resource Board administrates hundreds of programs. A complete list can be found here. Users of Complyrs will typically encounter the following programs:
The California Air Resources Board is also involved in the following programs. But the local air district is typically responsible for administration and enforcement:


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