Learn about what is being done about ozone in Central Texas, and the region's participation in EPA’s Ozone Advance Program (OAP) including the Action Plan designed to help keep Central Texas’ air clean.
As part of the region’s participation in the EPA’s OAP, CAPCOG's Air Quality Program has worked with the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition (CAC) and other stakeholders to develop and implement a regional Action Plan to help address the region’s ozone problems.
The goals of this plan are to:
- Stay in attainment of the 2008 eight-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) of 75 parts per billion (ppb);
- Continue reducing the region’s eight-hour ozone design value to avoid being designated nonattainment for a new ozone NAAQS;
- Put the region in the best possible position to bring the area into attainment of an ozone standard expeditiously if it is does violate an ozone standard or gets designated nonattainment;
- Reduce the exposure of vulnerable populations to air pollution when the region experiences high ozone levels, and
- Minimize the costs to the region of any potential future nonattainment designation.
The CAC adopted the Action Plan in December 2013 after a development process that lasted for a year and a half following the CAC’s decision to sign up to participate in the program in May 2012. The OAP Action Plan is the fourth voluntary regional ozone plan for Central Texas since 2002. Prior plans included the 8-Hour Ozone Flex Plan, adopted in 2008; the Early Action Compact State Implementation Plan, adopted in 2004; and the One-Hour Ozone Flex Plan, adopted in 2002. The Action Plan will remain in effect through the end of 2018.
As part of the OAP Action Plan, 30 entities, including CAC members and other participating organizations, made more 500 commitments to implement measures such as:
- commute reduction programs;
- development policies;
- energy and resource efficiency measures;
- fleet and fuel efficiency measures;
- outreach, awareness, and education measures;
- regulation and enforcement measures;
- sustainable procurement and operations measures; and
- other actions to help reduce emissions or ozone exposure.
Each participating organization selected measures appropriate for their own organization and community. Their contributions are varied reflecting the creativity and unique resources of the organizations.
CAC has been a national leader in voluntary air quality planning efforts, and these plans have served as models for other regions. EPA awarded CAC a Clean Air Excellence Award for Community Engagement in 2014 in recognition of these efforts.
Keeping track of the plan
Annually, CAPCOG gathers information from each organization and prepares a report detailing the status of these efforts. These reports are used to provide accountability, quantify the emission reductions being achieved, and demonstrate to EPA the region’s continued implementation of the plan.
Become “Be Air Aware”
The Action Plan will be updated as new information becomes available, organizations adjust their emission reduction strategies, and new organizations sign up to participate in the effort. While the existing Action Plan is quite extensive, its impact can be amplified if more organizations can commit to participate. If your organization is interested in enlisting in this effort, please contact CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program Manager.
Find out more
CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program compiled some websites and documents that can help anyone learn more about air quality and the Action Plan.