Clean Air Centers are coming to Solano through a state-funded program

FAIRFIELD – Residents of Bayview Hunters Point will have somewhere to go when smoke from the wildfires makes the air unhealthy, and Solano and other Bay Area locations will have Clean Air Centers in the weeks to come. come.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Air Resources Board and San Francisco Department of Emergency Management announced Tuesday that the first center will be launched in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco.

The objective is to open more than 300 centres.

Sites in Solano County have not yet been selected, said Erin DeMerritt, spokesperson for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which covers all or part of the Bay Area’s nine counties, including major areas of Fairfield. and Vallejo.

“As climate change brings longer and more intense wildfire seasons, it is essential that residents have access to clean, filtered air when smoke blankets the region. Clean Air Centers provide a place for those who may not have access to clean air so they can protect their health from wildfire smoke,” said Sharon Landers, Executive Director acting air district, in a statement.

“Each wildfire season, we see smoke events affecting some communities more than others,” Liane Randolph, who heads the California Air Resource Board, said in the statement. “These are often vulnerable communities that are already suffering from persistent air pollution. We are proud to stand with the Air District in launching the statewide Clean Air Center program to protect those most in need during times of increased wildfire smoke exposure. .

The program provides funding to Bay Area county agencies to create a network of Clean Air Centers to mitigate adverse public health effects from wildfires.

The Wildfire Smoke Clean Air Center’s incentive program for vulnerable populations “provides portable air purifiers or HVAC upgrades to schools and other buildings that can serve the public when air quality reaches low levels. unhealthy. More than 75% of Bay Area Clean Air Centers will benefit vulnerable communities most affected by air pollution,” the statement said.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed the legislation creating the program in October 2019, and $3 million has been allocated to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District through the California Air Resources Board.