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Federal CARB waiver rollback and CDPHE LEV

In 2009, and again in 2013, EPA granted a waiver of preemption to California for its “Advanced Clean Car” regulations, which allowed the state to set tighter greenhouse gas (GHG) standards and develop a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program and a Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) mandate. On August 2, 2018, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026 Passenger Cars and Light Trucks” (SAFE Vehicles Rule), which effectively freezes fuel economy standards at 2020 levels and rescinds California’s preemption waiver taking away the option for states to adopt California’s standards.

 

Under order by Governor Hickenlooper, the Colorado Air Pollution Control Division is continuing to move forward with proposing adoption by the Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) of California’s LEV program by the end of the year.  A request for hearing will be made at the August 16, 2018 AQCC meeting, with a public hearing anticipated to be scheduled for November 15, 2018.  Additional information on the upcoming Colorado rulemaking is available on the AQCC website.

ALT Fuels Colorado Grant to open August 15th

ALT Fuels Colorado will open a new grant application period on August 15th.  The application period will remain open through September 27th, 2018.  For more information on the grant, visit the ALT Fuels program page or contact Kaylyn Bopp, Program...

4th Maximum Ozone Values Table (ppb) through July 22nd, 2018

Click here to view current table The Denver Metro/North Front Range area is designated as nonattainment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the pollutant ozone. The 2015 8-Hour Ozone Standard is 70 parts per billion (ppb) and is...

EPA Concurs with Colorado 2017 Wildfire Exceptional Events for Ozone

On July 11, 2018, EPA notified the State of Colorado of concurrence with a request to exclude ozone data influenced by wildfire exceptional events in September 2017.  These events resulting in several monitors exceeding the 2008 ozone standard on September 2 and 4,...

RAQC Sends Letter to Governor Hickenlooper

The RAQC Board sends a letter to Governor Hickenlooper urging him to ask the Air Quality Control Commission to initiate a rulemaking process to explore the adoption of the Advanced Clean Car Standards in Colorado.  The RAQC encouraged the Governor to aggressively...