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Health and Safety Code - HSC

DIVISION 26. AIR RESOURCES [39000 - 44474]

  ( Division 26 repealed and added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )


  ( Part 2 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )

CHAPTER 4. Research [39700 - 39706]
  ( Chapter 4 added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957. )


The Legislature hereby declares that an effective research program is an integral part of any broad-based statewide effort to combat air pollution.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The state board shall coordinate and collect research data on air pollution, including, but not limited to, all of the following:

(a)  Research relating to specific problems in the following areas:

(1)  Motor vehicle emissions control, including alternative propulsion systems, cleaner burning fuels, and improved motor vehicle pollution control devices.

(2)  Control of nonvehicular emissions.

(3)  Control of specific contaminants to meet ambient air quality standards.

(4)  Atmospheric chemistry and physics.

(5)  Effects of air pollution on human health and comfort, plants and animals, and reduction in visibility.

(6)  Instrumentation development.

(7)  Economic and ecological analysis.

(8)  Mathematical model development.

(9)  Trends in atmospheric quality throughout the state.

(10)  Alternatives to agricultural burning.

(b)  The consequences of various alternative solutions to specific air pollution problems.

(c)  The identification of knowledge gaps.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The state board shall report to the Legislature whenever it deems necessary to provide information on problems relating to air quality management.

(Added by Stats. 1975, Ch. 957.)


The state board shall administer and coordinate all air pollution research funded, in whole or in part, with state funds. In discharging its responsibilities, the state board has all of the following duties and powers:

(a)  Establish applied research objectives.

(b)  Receive and review all air pollution research proposals.

(c)  Recommend the initiation of specific air pollution research projects.

(d)  Award contracts for air pollution research projects.

(e)  Establish the administrative and review procedures necessary to carry out this section.

(f)  Collect, validate, and disseminate educational information relating to air pollution.

(Amended by Stats. 1984, Ch. 902, Sec. 2.)


In awarding contracts for the conduct of air pollution research, the state board shall consider the capability of the University of California and the California State University to mount a comprehensive program of research to seek solutions to air pollution problems and the ability of those universities through their respective campuses to mobilize a comprehensive research program for this purpose.

(Amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 26, Sec. 69. (SB 92) Effective June 27, 2017.)


(a) The state board shall appoint a screening committee of not to exceed 11 persons, the membership of which may be rotated as determined by the state board.

(b) The committee shall consist of physicians, scientists, biologists, chemists, engineers, meteorologists, and other persons who are knowledgeable, technically qualified, and experienced in air pollution problems for which projects are being reviewed. At least two members of the committee shall have demonstrated expertise in the field of climate change. The committee shall review, and give its advice and recommendations with respect to, all air pollution and climate change-related research projects funded by the state and subject to approval by the state board, including both those conducted by the state board and those conducted under contract with the state board.

(c) The committee members shall receive one hundred dollars ($100) per day for each day they attend a meeting of the state board or meet to perform their duties under this section. In addition to the compensation, they shall receive their actual and necessary travel expenses incurred while performing their duties.

(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 691, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2009.)


The fees deposited in the Air Pollution Control Fund pursuant to Section 41853.5 are hereby continuously appropriated to the state board for research and development of a cotton gin trash incinerator heat exchanger or other device for the disposal of solid waste which is produced from the ginning of cotton, consistent with emission standards set by a district board or the state board. The state board shall consult with the Solid Waste Management Board prior to awarding a contract for, or conducting, such research and development. If the state board determines that such a device is available or that further expenditures for such purposes would not contribute meaningfully to their development, the fees shall be utilized in accordance with the provisions of Section 43014.

(Added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 1216.)

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