Texas Joins New National Air Quality Association
Seventeen states, including Texas, have joined the newly established Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), which will create a technical forum to assist states with the application of various aspects of 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 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 was created in fall 2012 when several states initiated discussions to form an association of state air quality agencies to focus on technical issues associated with the implementation of the Clean Air Act. To date, 17 states have joined the new organization: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Every state that joins the organization will be represented on its board of directors. The main objectives of the new organization include:
• create a technical forum for agencies to exchange ideas and obtain information on requirements needed to meet the Clean Air Act;
• establish an organization that allows individuals to support the work of AAPCA while improving technically and professionally;
• operate a consensus driven organization in which all members have an opportunity to provide input and influence the outcome of the activity of AAPCA;
• develop a structure where best practices of air pollution control agencies can be identified, shared, and implemented at other agencies; and
• allow staff at the member agencies to expand their knowledge and understanding of air pollution issues.