State Agencies’ Responsibilities Expanding

Seventeen states have joined the new Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, which will create a technical forum to help states apply the Clean Air Act and associated regulations.

New programs at some state agencies and a new organization focused on air pollution control strategies at the state level are gearing up at the start of 2013, opening new employment and training opportunities for their technical staffs. A high-profile move by 17 states, including Texas, is their creation of the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, which will create a technical forum to help states apply the Clean Air Act and associated regulations.

“There are real technical issues with regulations and guidance coming from EPA that need thoughtful consideration across the United States,” said Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein. “Issues like potentially unachievable air quality standards that keep being lowered and transport issues left in limbo by legal challenges. States participating in this organization will have the opportunity to discuss, educate and be educated about the latest technical and regulatory actions.”

AAPCA will become operational this Spring. The 17 states whose air quality agencies have joined thus far are Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming

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