Care about clean air in Central Texas? Learn about the region's Ozone Advance initiative, including the newly adopted plan to help stay in step with federal air quality standards.
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Ozone Advance, a national initiative involving states, tribes and local governments, CAPCOG's Air Quality program has worked with the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition and other stakeholders to produce a newly adopted, voluntary emission-reduction plan.
From February to August 2013, participants across the region weighed in with the Ozone Advance survey, offering input on potential strategies to keep the region in step with federal ozone standards. The Clean Air Coalition Advisory Committee (CACAC) compiled the results and prepared a list of Ozone Advance Plan recommended measures.
Reducing ozone pollution from nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds helps the region continue to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. With city and county elected officials in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties having signed on to the EPA program in May 2012, the Clean Air Coalition's new ozone-reduction plan replaces the 8-O3 Flex Plan expiring Dec. 31, 2013.
Discover the benefits of voluntary emission reductions
Reducing ozone-forming emissions will help protect the health of children, seniors, and people with chronic respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis. It will also help the region avoid unnecessary and costly regulations resulting from being designated by the EPA as an ozone nonattainment area. Through the Ozone Advance program, the region would be able to take credit for any emission-reduction measures as part of any state implementation plan required if the region were designated "nonattainment," reducing the need for new emission-reduction regulations.
> View the air quality glossary
> Visit the EPA Ozone Advance website
> Read the EPA Ozone Advance welcome letter
> See descriptions of emission-reduction measures
> Read the EPA's ozone frequently asked questions
> Download the menu of emission-reduction measures
See what’s next
- February to June 2013 - Solicit stakeholder and public input on emission-reduction measures.
- July to August 2013 - Compile community input and make recommendations.
- September to October 2013 - Present recommendations and develop overall plan.
- November to December 2013 - Finalize and submit plan to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- 2014 to 2019: Implement and track Ozone Advance plan.
Spread the word
Every voice counts! Help spread the word about Ozone Advance among friends, family and your community. Plus, tell them about your own ozone-reduction efforts, whether reducing electricity use during afternoons and early evenings, avoiding rush-hour traffic, grouping various errands into fewer car trips and so much more. And if you're able to lend a hand with stakeholder outreach, please see the toolkit below.
Resources for individual efforts
> See the stakeholder list
> See the stakeholder outreach plan
> See the summary of stakeholder survey results
> Get the Ozone Advance stakeholder PowerPoint presentation
> View the narrated version of the stakeholder outreach presentation