The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is the governmental agency delegated the authority and responsibility for collecting ambient air quality data as directed by the Clean Air Act. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) designated CARB as one of the four Primary Quality Assurance Organizations (PQAO) responsible for air monitoring in California. The Quality Management Plan (QMP) describes the quality management system used by CARB and participating local air monitoring organizations that comprise CARB's PQAO.
The California Environmental Protection Agency's Air Resources Board is the organizing sponsor of this training. Not only do they provide much needed funds to organize this educational event, but with the help of the CAC they organize the relevant speakers to train attendees and to facilitate discussions that can contribute to PQAO's implementation of the QMP.