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  • Policies
    1. Policy LU-6.4 Industrial amendments near schools and parks

      We approve Land Use Plan amendments for new industrial development only if they are at least one-half mile from an existing or planned public primary or secondary school or public park. We may waive this requirement for obsolete school or park sites or for industrial amendments submitted through a specific plan.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy TM-5.6 Unincorporated truck routes

      We establish local truck routes in unincorporated areas to efficiently funnel truck traffic to freeways while minimizing impacts on residents. We establish routes where trucks are prohibited in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas and to avoid overlaps or conflicts with safe routes to schools.

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  • Goals
    1. GOAL NR-1 AIR QUALITY

      Air quality that promotes health and wellness of residents in San Bernardino County through improvements in locally-generated emissions

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    2. Goal NR-2 Water Quality

      Clean and safe water for human consumption and the natural environment

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    Policies
    1. Policy NR-1.1 Land use

      We promote compact and transit-oriented development countywide and regulate the types and locations of development in unincorporated areas to minimize vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.

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    2. Policy NR-1.2 Indoor air quality

      We promote the improvement of indoor air quality through the California Building and Energy Codes and through the provision of public health programs and services.

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    3. Policy NR-1.3 Coordination on air pollution

      We collaborate with air quality management districts and other local agencies to monitor and reduce major pollutants affecting the county at the emission source.

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    4. Policy NR-1.4 Military coordination on air quality

      We collaborate with the military to avoid or minimize impacts on military training and operations from air pollution and haze.

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    5. Policy NR-1.5 Sensitive land uses

      We consider recommendations from the California Air Resources Board on the siting of new sensitive land uses and exposure to specific source categories.

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    6. Policy NR-1.6 Fugitive dust emissions

      We coordinate with air quality management districts on requirements for dust control plans, revegetation, and soil compaction to prevent fugitive dust emissions.

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    7. Policy NR-1.7 Greenhouse gas reduction targets

      We strive to meet the 2040 and 2050 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets in accordance with state law.

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    8. Policy NR-1.8 Construction and operations

      We invest in County facilities and fleet vehicles to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. We encourage County contractors and other builders and developers to use low-emission construction vehicles and equipment to improve air quality and reduce emissions.

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    9. Policy NR-1.9 Building design and upgrades

      We use the CALGreen Code to meet energy efficiency standards for new buildings and encourage the upgrading of existing buildings to incorporate design elements, building materials, and fixtures that improve environmental sustainability and reduce emissions.

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    10. Policy NR-2.1 Coordination on water quality

      We collaborate with the state, regional water quality control boards, watermasters, water purveyors, and government agencies at all levels to ensure a safe supply of drinking water and a healthy environment.

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    11. Policy NR-2.2 Water management plans

      We support the development, update, and implementation of ground and surface water quality management plans emphasizing the protection of water quality from point and non-point source pollution.

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    12. Policy NR-2.3 Military oordination on water quality

      We collaborate with the military to avoid or minimize impacts on military training and operations from groundwater contamination and inadequate groundwater supply.

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    Related Materials
    1. Policy Maps NR-1 Air Districts & Basins (PDF | WEB)
  • Policies
    1. Policy RE-1.1

      Continue implementing the energy conservation and efficiency measures identified in the County of San Bernardino Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan.

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  • Policies
    1. Policy HW-2.2 Land use compatibility for schools

      We prioritize the safety and security of public schools in unincorporated areas by minimizing incompatible land uses near instructional facilities. We encourage school districts to place new schools where existing and planned land uses are compatible.

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  • Goals
    1. Goal HZ-2 Human-Generated Hazards

      People and the natural environment protected from exposure to hazardous materials, excessive noise, and other human-generated hazards

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    Policies
    1. Policy HZ-2.1 Hazardous waste facilities

      We regulate and buffer hazardous waste facilities to protect public health and avoid impacts on the natural environment.

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    2. Policy HZ-2.2 Database of hazardous materials

      We maintain up-to-date databases of the storage, use, and production of hazardous materials, based on federally- and state-required disclosure and notification, to appropriately respond to potential emergencies.

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    3. Policy HZ-2.3 Safer alternatives

      We minimize the use of hazardous materials by choosing and by encouraging others to use non-toxic alternatives that do not pose a threat to the environment.

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    4. Policy HZ-2.5 Community education

      We engage with residents and businesses to promote safe practices related to the use, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials.

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    5. Policy HZ-2.11 Legacy abandoned mine lands

      We inventory legacy abandoned mines and require private property owners to eliminate hazardous conditions that could threaten human life and environmental contamination. We pursue funding to address legacy abandoned mines on County-owned property.

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    6. Policy HZ-3.1 Health Risk Assessment

      We require projects processed by the County to provide a health risk assessment when a project could potentially increase the incremental cancer risk by 10 in 1 million or more in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas, and we require such assessments to evaluate impacts of truck traffic from the project to freeways. We establish appropriate mitigation prior to the approval of new construction, rehabilitation, or expansion permits.

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    7. Policy HZ-3.2 Studying and monitoring

      We coordinate with state and regional regulatory entities to monitor pollution exposure, publicize pollution data, and identify solutions in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas. We work with state and regional regulatory entities to pursue grant funding to study cumulative health risks affecting such areas.

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    8. Policy HZ-3.3 Community Emissions Reduction Plans

      We assist the air quality management districts in establishing community emissions reduction plans for unincorporated environmental justice focus areas and implement, as feasible, those parts of the plans, that are within the jurisdiction and authority of the County, with particular emphasis in addressing the types of pollution identified in the Hazard Element tables.

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    9. Policy HZ-3.5 Hazardous waste facilities

      We do not permit new hazardous waste facilities to be developed in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas.

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    10. Policy HZ-3.6 Contaminated water and soils

      We advocate for and coordinate with local and regional agencies in efforts to remediate or treat contaminated surface water, groundwater, or soils in or affecting unincorporated environmental justice focus areas. We pursue grant funding and establish partnerships to implement the County’s Site Remediation Program in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas, with particular emphasis in addressing the types of contamination identified in the Hazard Element tables.

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    11. Policy HZ-3.7 Well Water Testing

      In unincorporated environmental justice focus areas that are not served by public water systems, we periodically test well water for contamination, identify potential funding sources, and, where feasible, provide technical assistance to implement necessary improvements, with particular emphasis in addressing the types of contamination identified in the Hazard Element tables.

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    12. Policy HZ-3.11 Public Health

      We utilize County Department of Public Health experience, expertise, and staffing resources to expand and improve outreach, community engagement, analysis, and implementation efforts in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas, with particular emphasis in addressing the types of health concerns identified in the Hazard Element tables.

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    13. Policy HZ-3.19 Community education

      We make educational materials available to the public in unincorporated environmental justice focus areas so that they clearly understand the potential for adverse pollution, noise, odor, vibration, and lighting and glare, and the effects of toxic materials to promote civil engagement. We require that such educational materials be developed in accordance with Plain Language Guidelines. We require that this information be made available in public spaces such as libraries and community centers, as well as on County websites and other appropriate means.

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    14. Policy HZ-3.21 Emerging pollutants

      For pollutants that do not yet have established regulatory thresholds, we coordinate with regulatory agencies to assist their efforts to monitor pollutant levels, establish thresholds, and identify funding and mitigation options, particularly for pollutants that are found in environmental justice focus areas.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT C - Improve public safety, health and welfare within the community.
      Action Statement C.3

      Advocate for improved water quality and sewage infrastructure throughout the community, resulting in less groundwater pollution and water quality issues within local waterways.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Improve the quality of the community to enhance the quality of life for citizens
      Action Statement A.1

      Collaborate with County Code Enforcement to address illegal dumping and sub-standard housing.

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    1. FOCUS STATEMENT A - Restore, preserve, and enhance the rural characteristics of Homestead Valley
      Action Statement A.1

      IN PROCESS: Advocate for San Bernardino County to adopt and enforce “Dark Skies” requirements for buildings and outdoor lighting to minimize light pollution.

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