The South Coast Air Quality
Management District

The South Coast Air Quality Management District Is a Critically-Important Public Regulatory Agency
The decisions made by this board impact the health, safety, and quality of life for nearly half the population of California.

>> What is it?

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is an important but relatively unknown agency responsible for meeting air quality standards to protect the health and safety of 17 million residents in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.

>> Its Responsibility

SCAQMD mission statement is, “To clean the air and protect the health of all residents in the South Coast Air District through practical and innovative strategies.”

>> Why it Matters

In practice, the SCAQMD makes decisions that determine how much air pollution you breathe and sets rules for polluters like power plants and oil refineries.


17 Million Southern California Residents

Los Angeles County
Orange County
Riverside County
San Bernardino County

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Decisions made by the SCAQMD have real-world health implications.

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