AAPCA Hosts 2023 Fall Business Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

AAPCA Hosts 2023 Fall Business Meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina

State and local air agencies discuss major Clean Air Act rulemakings, hear from key U.S. EPA Offices

Association introduces 2024 leadership slate

October 2, 2023

Lexington, KY

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) hosted its 2023 Fall Business Meeting from September 26 to 28 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Participating in the meeting were nearly 130 governmental and nongovernmental attendees, including senior staff from 27 state and local air pollution control agencies, leadership from multiple U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program offices and regions, and other Clean Air Act stakeholders.

At the meeting, AAPCA’s Board of Directors, comprised of senior air officials from 21 state environmental agencies, elected 2024 Officers. The Association is pleased to announce the following 2024 Officers:

“Directly engaging EPA leadership is important to successful outcomes under the Clean Air Act, which is founded on cooperative federalism,” stated AAPCA’s incoming 2024 President Jason Meyers with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). “AAPCA is thankful to the state, local, and federal leadership that participated in Raleigh.”

Welcoming attendees was Sushma Masemore, Assistant Secretary for Environment for the North Carolina DEQ, who spoke to the state’s success in improving air quality through partnership efforts. AAPCA was also honored to have William (Bill) Ross, Jr., former Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, provide the meeting keynote on his extensive experience in environmental protection.

“The State of North Carolina was excited to host AAPCA and proud to share the hard work that states do to protect the environment,” said 2024 Past President Mike Abraczinskas with the North Carolina Division of Air Quality.

AAPCA was pleased to be joined by Joe Goffman, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). Mr. Goffman discussed the Administration’s forthcoming Clean Air Act rulemakings as well as implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act. Also presenting at the meeting from U.S. EPA were the Offices of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Inspector General (OIG), and Research and Development (ORD).

Agenda topics included: AAPCA’s 2023 Best Practices in Air Pollution Control; review and implementation of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS); air permitting; enforcement and compliance; regional haze; air quality research and communication; perspectives on the particulate matter NAAQS; Climate Pollution Reduction Grants; air toxics; and technical updates associated with modeling, monitoring, and emissions inventories. Presentations that are available from AAPCA’s 2023 Fall Business Meeting are posted here.

AAPCA’s 2024 Spring Meeting will be held in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. More information on will be available on AAPCA’s website (www.cleanairact.org) in the coming months.

AAPCA Background

The Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies, or AAPCA, is a national, non-profit, 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. Created in 2012, AAPCA represents 51 state and local air pollution control agencies, and senior officials from 21 state environmental agencies currently sit on the AAPCA Board of Directors. AAPCA is housed in Lexington, Kentucky as an affiliate of The Council of State Governments. More information about AAPCA can be found on the Association’s website: www.cleanairact.org.

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Contact: Jason Sloan, Executive Director (jsloan@csg.org / 859-244-8043)

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