CAPCOG's Air Quality Program coordinates regional air quality planning and performs air quality technical research, especially focusing on ground-level ozone pollution. The program's planning efforts include coordinating development and implementation of voluntary regional air quality plans, providing technical assistance to organizations that participate in the air quality plans, administering regional pollution reduction grants and conducting air quality education and outreach to reduce emissions and exposure to air pollution. Technical research efforts include air quality monitoring, emissions inventory development, data analysis, modeling, and pollution control strategy evaluation. The program is funded through grants from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and local governments.
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TECQ seeks applications for Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) Program announced it is now accept applications for the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG). The grant funds the upgrade or replacement of older heavy-duty vehicles, non-road equipment, and stationary equipment.
> Read more about the funding opportunity.
> Read about the grant application workshops.
EPA announces $7 million to reduce diesel emissions from school buses
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of about $7 million for rebates to public and private school bus fleet owners for the replacement and retrofit of older school buses. Replacing buses with older engines will reduce diesel emissions and improve air quality.
> Read more about the funding opportunity.
Central Texas likely to remain designated in ozone “attainment”
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new ozone standard of 70 parts per billion (ppb) may not have a significant impact on Central Texas since the region’s air pollution levels will likely remain low enough to avoid a “nonattainment” designation.
> Read more about the new standard.
Nonattainment Designation for New Ozone Standard Could Cost Central Texas $24-$42 Billion
The Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) released a report that estimated that a “nonattainment” designation for the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could cost Central Texas $24 - $42 billion over the next 30 years.
> Read more about the report.
TCEQ Announces Workshops for TERP Grant Recipients
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality scheduled "I Just Received a TERP Grant-Now What?" workshops to assist Texas Emissions Reduction Plan grant recipients with using their recently awarded funds.
> Read more about the workshops.
Central Texas Clean Air Coalition offers EPA ideas on proposed ozone standards
The Central Texas Clean Air Coalition on March 12, 2015 submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on its proposed ozone standards. The comment letter addresses regional concerns by providing ideas on how to implement the standard.
> Read more about the comment letter.
EPA announces proposed new air quality standards
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to strengthen air quality standards within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion.
> Read more about the standards.
EPA Clean Air Excellence Award
The Clean Air Coalition has won a national award for ozone-reduction efforts.
> Learn more.
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Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)
CAMPO Commute Solutions
CAMPO My Commute Solutions - Regional Ridesharing
EPA Current National Ambient Air Quality Standards
City of Austin Air Quality Program
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) - Air
Ozone Attainment Status (TCEQ)
4 Highest 8-Hour Ozone Concentrations (TCEQ)
Texas Emission Reduction Plan Grant Funding (TCEQ)
National Clean Diesel Campaign Grant Funding (EPA)
AirCheck Texas Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance (Travis County)
AirCheck Texas Vehicle Repair and Replacement Assistance (Williamson County)
CLEAN Air Force of Central Texas
Reducing ozone together. Hear from CAPCOG Air Quality Program Manager Andrew Hoekzema on how Central Texas is curbing pollution and why everyone can help make a difference in this February 2014 KXAN-TV story.