April 3, 2015
The Utah State Legislature, which ended its session March 13, 2015, has passed House Bill (HB) 0226 Air Quality Revisions, sponsored by Representative Rebecca Edwards, a bill that addresses air quality rulemaking which could be significant to Utah industry.
HB 0226 proposes that the Utah Air Quality Board (AQB) may develop rules “different” than corresponding federal regulations if additional regulations will provide added protections to public health or the environment. It requires the Utah AQB to provide justification of any newly proposed air quality rules that are different than federal regulations and document findings based on evidence, studies, or other information contained in the record to demonstrate that added protection to public health or the environment will be achieved. The AQB is required to hold a public comment period and a public hearing for new rulemaking.
“The Environmental Protection Agency bases their rules off of studies done on the east coast, but our inversions are unique across the whole country,” said Edwards in a March 15, 2015, Davis Clipper report. “This will allow us to do some different things the EPA doesn’t allow us to do.”
“The bill won’t affect the standards the state is expected to uphold, which are set by the EPA. Utah is out of compliance in more than one area of the current standards, including being too high in PM 2.5. Since federal rules don’t allow the state to choose more relaxed rules than the federal government, any changes made by the Department of Air Quality will be more stringent than the current standard. We can only be different in one direction,” she said.
What this means to you
The Utah state legislature has passed a bill allowing the state’s Air Quality Control board to develop stricter rules than federal standards.
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