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EPA appoints Hoekzema to committee

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Central Texas local governments will be represented on an important U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy advisory committee.

The EPA appointed CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program Manager, Andrew Hoekzema, to a two-year term on the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He will provide independent advice from a local government perspective on issues about implementing the Clean Air Act. Hoekzema is one of about 40 people nationwide selected to serve on the committee.

Established in 1990, the committee is a senior-level policy committee that provides advice to EPA on air pollution issues. According to the committee’s charter, its major objectives are to provide recommendations on:

  • Approaches for new and expanded programs, including those using innovative technologies and policy mechanisms to achieve environmental improvements.
  • The potential health, environmental, and economic effects of Clean Air Act programs on the public, the regulated community, state and local governments, and federal agencies.
  • The policy and technical contents of proposed major EPA rulemaking and guidance required by the act in order to help effectively incorporate appropriate outside advice and information.
  • The integration of existing policies, regulations, standards, guidelines, and procedures into programs for implementing requirements of the Act.

CAPCOG hired Hoekzema in 2010. He became CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program manager in 2013.

Hoekzema will attend his first committee meetings April 21 and 22 in Washington, D.C.

> Read more about the CAPCOG Air Quality Program.

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