Publications & Reports by AAPCA

AAPCA Article: “State Perspectives on Planning for Continue Regional Haze Progress” (EM magazine, October 2019)
AAPCA’s article “State Perspectives on Planning for Continued Regional Haze Progress,” appeared in the October 2019 edition of EM magazine, entitled “Visibility Protection in the United States.” EM is a publication of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Preparing for Personal Air Sensors: Definition, Opportunities, and Data Limitations (May 2019)
This fact sheet is designed to provide an understanding of how personal air sensors, and the data they produce, differ from the monitoring networks used for regulatory purposes.

State Air Trends & Successes: The StATS Report (April 2019)
The 2019 edition of AAPCA’s annual report, The StATS Report, was published on Earth Day and ahead of Air Quality Awareness Week 2019. The report uses publicly available data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies to present key air quality statistics.

AAPCA Article: “A Story Seldom Told: National Ambient Air Quality Standards and Successes in Air Pollution Control” (EM magazine, September 2018)
AAPCA’s article “A Story Seldom Told: National Ambient Air Quality Standards and Successes in Air Pollution Control,” appeared in the September 2018 edition of EM magazine, entitled “National Ambient Air Quality Standards: As EPA Goes Back to Basics, State and Regional Agencies Strive to Continue NAAQS Successes.” EM is a publication of the Air and Waste Management Association.

The Greatest Story Seldom Told: Profiles & Success Stories in Air Pollution Control (July 2018)
The 2018 edition of AAPCA’s annual report, which catalogs air quality metrics and trends using publicly available data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. These trends range from concentrations of criteria air pollutants and visibility progress in national parks to permitting and compliance and enforcement statistics.

AAPCA Article: “Preparing for Personal Air Sensors: State and Local Air Quality Agencies on the Frontlines of Citizen Science” (EM magazine, November 2017)
AAPCA’s article “Preparing for Personal Air Sensors: State and Local Air Quality Agencies on the Frontlines of Citizen Science,” appeared in the November 2017 edition of EM magazine, entitled “Continued Development and Uncertainties with Next-Generation Air Quality Sensors.” EM is a publication of the Air and Waste Management Association.

Principles for Addressing Interstate and International Ozone Transport (September 2017)

The State of Regulatory Reform – Navigating State Perspectives on Clean Air Act Regulations Under Executive Order 13777 (July 2017)
This report highlights individual Clean Air Act regulations and themes discussed in state environmental agency comments regarding Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regulatory Reform Task Force.

The Greatest Story Seldom Told: Profiles & Success Stories in Air Pollution Control (April 2017)
The inaugural edition of AAPCA’s annual report, which catalogs air quality metrics and trends using publicly available data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies. These trends range from concentrations of criteria air pollutants and visibility progress in national parks to permitting and compliance and enforcement statistics.

Timing of U.S. EPA Nominations & Appointments in Past Presidential Transitions (January 2017)
This resource includes historic information on post-inauguration timing for announcements, nominations, and confirmations for key EPA positions during a presidential transition, based on nominee records from Congress.gov and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press releases.

State Environmental Agency Perspectives on Timely NAAQS Implementation (September 2015)

State Environmental Agency Perspectives on Background Ozone & Regulatory Relief (June 2015)
Following the end of the comment period for U.S. EPA’s proposed revision to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone, the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) conducted a survey of all written state environmental agency comments on the proposal (totaling 44 state agency comments).

AAPCA Comments & Letters

Date

Comments and Letters

Recipient

Topic

October 23, 2019

Comments

U.S. EPA Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards

Principles and priorities for training program development

May 17, 2019

Written Testimony

U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

May 3, 2019

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 National Program Guidances for the Office of Air and Radiation and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance.

March 18, 2019

Testimony

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

December 18, 2018

Letter 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Concerning heavy and light-duty diesel vehicle emission control systems tampering.

July 2, 2018

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the list of candidates under consideration for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

May 18, 2018

Testimony

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

April 27, 2018

Testimony

U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

February 1, 2018

Letter

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Requesting an extension of the comment period for U.S. EPA’s advance notice of proposed rulemaking, State Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Utility Generating Units, for at least 60 days after February 26, 2018 (the current deadline).

November 20, 2017

Letter

Leadership of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

FY2018 Appropriations for U.S. EPA’s State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

October 31, 2017

Comments 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the Draft FY 2018 – 2022 EPA Strategic Plan.

September 28, 2017

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the list of candidates under consideration for U.S. EPA’s chartered Science Advisory Board.

September 15, 2017

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the list of candidates for U.S. EPA’s chartered Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC).

June 14, 2017

Letter

U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment 

Concerning consensus principles for Clean Air Act modernization 

June 14, 2017

Letter

U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee

Clean Air and Nuclear Safety.

May 23, 2017

Testimony 

U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Appropriations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State and Local Air Quality Management Grants.

May 15, 2017

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification under Executive Order 13777 on Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda.

March 13, 2017

Letter

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Regarding U.S. EPA’s Preliminary Interstate Ozone Transport Modeling Data for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard

January 13, 2017

Letter

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Requesting an extension of the comment period for U.S. EPA’s draft Guidance on the Development of Modeled Emission Rates for Precursors (MERPs) as a Tier 1 Demonstration Tool for Ozone and PM2.5 under the PSD Permitting Program

January 13, 2017

Letter

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Requesting an extension of the comment period for U.S. EPA’s Draft PM2.5 Precursor Demonstration Guidance.

December 2, 2016

Letter 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Requesting that U.S. EPA extend the comment period for the proposed rule, Implementation of the 2015 National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Ozone: Nonattainment Area Classifications and State Implementation Plan Requirements, for at least 30 days after January 17, 2017

November 28, 2016

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the list of candidates for U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board Ad Hoc Committee for Review of the Screening Methodologies to Support Risk and Technology Reviews (RTR): A Case Study Analysis.

September 26, 2016

Request

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

That U.S. EPA extend the public comment period for its Draft Guidance on Significant Impact Levels for Ozone and Fine Particles in the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permitting Program.

September 2, 2016

Letter

U.S. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance and Office of Air and Radiation

Concerning data display issues on Enforcement and Compliance History Online.

August 10, 2016

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. EPA’s proposed rule, Protection of Visibility: Amendments to Requirements for State Plans.

July 19, 2016

Comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On the list of candidates for U.S. EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee.

June 28, 2016

Comments 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

On U.S. EPA’s proposed rule, Revision to the Near-Road NO2 Minimum Monitoring Requirements.

June 20, 2016

Letter 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Requesting an extension of the deadline for submitting comments on their proposed rule, Protection of Visibility: Amendments to Requirements for State Plans.

Information on AAPCA Best Practices

2019

Data Verification Procedures 
Georgia Environmental Protection Division (presented by Sean Taylor)

Ozone Design Value Predictor Tool
North Carolina Division of Air Quality (presented by Bradley McLamb)

Louisville Community Workshop Series (Local Government Best Practice)
Louisville Air Pollution Control District (presented by Torend Collins)

2018

Georgia State Implementation Plan Processing Procedures
Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch (presented by Dr. James Boylan)

Toxicity Factors Database
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (presented by Dr. Tracie Phillips)

Inventory, Monitoring, Permitting, and Compliance Tracking (IMPACT) Web-based Data System
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division (presented by Adam Deppe)

2017

National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) Exceedance Reports
Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch (presented by Dr. Byeong-Uk Kim and Dr. James Boylan, Planning and Support Program)

Pollutants of Concern Table Implementation
Kentucky Division for Air Quality (presented by Benjamin Matar, Permit Review Branch)

Standardization of an Engineer’s Notebook for Title V Permitting
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division (presented by Lori Bocchino, Title V Program)

2016

Air Protection Branch 101 Training
Georgia Environmental Protection Division, Air Protection Branch (presented by Karen Hays)

2015

AirCom: Florida Division of Air Resource Management’s New Compliance and Enforcement Database and Field Inspection Tool
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (presented by Justin B. Green)

FAIR: Florida Air Inspector Reference
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (presented by Preston McLane)

Promoting Energy Efficiency at Commercial and Industrial Facilities in North Carolina
North Carolina Division of Air Quality (presented by Adey Olatosi)

Useful Links

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. EPA Regional Offices:

Multi-Jurisdictional Organizations:

  • CenSARA (Central States Air Resource Agencies)
  • LADCO (Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium)
  • MARAMA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Associations, Inc.)
  • Metro 4, Inc. / SESARM (Southeastern States Air Resource Managers, Inc.)
  • NESCAUM (Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management)
  • SBEAPs (National Small Business Environmental Assistance Programs)
  • WESTAR (Western States Air Resources Council)
 
 
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