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State & Local Air Agencies Assemble in Tucson, Arizona for 2017 AAPCA Spring Meeting

 

March 31, 2017

Lexington, KY

 

From March 27 to 29, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) held its 2017 Spring Meeting in Tucson, Arizona. The meeting included approximately 90 attendees, with senior air quality officials participating from nearly 30 state and local environmental agencies as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal agencies.

 

The meeting included presentations and panels on a variety of timely Clean Air Act issues, including a topical session focused on “New Developments in Risk Science and Causality” and panel discussions relating to Exceptional Events, Interstate Ozone Transport, Regional Haze, and the Volkswagen settlement. Presenters and keynote speakers included Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division Jeffrey H. Wood, former Chairs of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power and EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, and former Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation Jeffrey R. Holmstead. Experts from state/local agencies, academic institutions, and U.S. EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards and Regional Offices provided technical information to the attendees. All presentations can be viewed on AAPCA’s website.

 

“AAPCA members are on the front lines, making critical decisions necessary for implementation of Clean Air Act standards. This meeting demonstrated the necessity for state and local air agency experts to have a seat at the table with key federal policymakers,” said AAPCA President Sean Alteri, Director of the Kentucky Division for Air Quality. “Our members had the opportunity to engage with U.S. EPA on timely matters, including the Association’s request for transparent, credible tools and clear direction to develop state implementation plans addressing interstate transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard. The meeting also allowed members to share the latest scientific material and best practices with colleagues from across the country. Considering the energetic meetings, our active technical committees, projects, and publications, AAPCA is pleased to be growing in membership and influence.

 

AAPCA’s 2017 Fall Business Meeting will be held September 20 to 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

AAPCA Background  

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) is a consensus-driven organization focused on assisting state and local air quality agencies and personnel with implementation and technical issues associated with the federal Clean Air Act. AAPCA’s members work collaboratively on behalf of states and the communities they protect to act as a conduit for and provide feedback to federal regulators on air quality rules that have significant impacts across the entire nation. AAPCA represents more than 40 state and local air agencies, and senior officials from 20 state environmental agencies currently sit on AAPCA’s Board of Directors. AAPCA is housed in Lexington, Kentucky as an affiliated association of the Council of State Governments (CSG).

 

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