State air regulators forming a new group to represents officials as an alternative to the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) are weighing a “litany list” of EPA air rules that the new organization may target in its goal of aiding states in overcoming hurdles to implementing the regulations.
The new group, called the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA), plans on providing guidance to state and local officials regarding “implementation of complex EPA rules,” Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally told Inside EPA Aug. 28 on the sidelines of the Environmental Council of the States' (ECOS) annual meeting here.
At the meeting, ECOS officials also amended an existing resolution to drop NACAA as the group ECOS supports to seek funds for implementing a years-old training strategy for air officials. The move drew opposition from some states such as Delaware, but a Texas official says the change reflects the need for discussions about NACAA's role.
Ohio left NACAA last year, in part due to concerns about the group taking policy positions supporting EPA rules that were at odds with several of its member states. Since quitting NACAA, Nally has led the effort to form the alternative organization, which will place less emphasis on making policy statements on EPA rules.
As part of that effort, AAPCA recently issued a request for proposal seeking technical and logistical support on creating the new group. Up to 15 states and 20 local air agencies across the United States are interested in joining the nascent organization, according to the Aug. 24 request. As of June, the group had announced Ohio, Florida and Texas as official members of the new group, but in the interview with Inside EPA Nally declined to name other member states.