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California Air Resources Board

The California Air Resources Board was created to promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state of California.

CARB is responsible for regulating gasoline vapor recovery systems in California, and historically, California's vapor recovery regulations have formed the basis of regulations adopted by the government agencies in other states.

CARB was created in 1967, when California’s Legislature passed the Mulford-Carrell Act, which combined two Department of Health bureaus - the Bureau of Air Sanitation and the Motor Vehicle Pollution Control Board - to establish the Air Resources Board. In early 1968, the first meeting of the ARB was held in Sacramento.