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Division of Air Quality

The Division of Air Quality solicits public comment on rules, plans, and operating permits through public comment periods and hearings. The following list presents links to proposed changes that are currently out for public comment:

You are invited to comment on them by mailing:

    Public Comment
    Utah Division of Air Quality
    PO Box 144820
    Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4820

Public Hearings

  • There are no public hearings scheduled for air quality issues at this time.

Potential Rules and Programs Being Researched and Developed

Amendments to Utah's State Implementation Plan for Particulate Matter

Purpose

Amendments to address EPA's concerns and will facilitate EPA’s review and ultimate approval of the Moderate Area PM2.5 SIPs for the Salt Lake City and Provo nonattainment areas, as well as the PM10 Maintenance Plans.
Contact Ryan Stephens, (801) 536-4419
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)

The Utah Division of Air Quality will hold a public hearing at 11:00 a.m. on October 26, 2016, in the Bonneville Conference Room, Room 4138, at 195 North 1950 West in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Public Notice: Proposed Amendments to Utah’s State Implementation Plan for Particulate Matter


Clean Air Retrofit, Replacement, and Off-Road Technology (CARROT) Program

Purpose

To provide incentives for reducing emissions from vehicles, engines, and equipment that are significant sources of air pollution through grants, rebates, exchanges, or low-cost purchase programs.
Contact Lisa Burr (801) 536-4019
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)
The one-time funding for this program in fiscal year 2015 was $200,000 and has been divided into two segments:  the CARROT grant program and the CARROT lawnmower exchange program.  The CARROT grant program awarded $100,000 in grants for projects that reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines.  The CARROT lawnmower exchange program, to be held this spring, will provide an incentive to purchase electric lawnmowers at a discounted price and an added incentive for those who exchange an old, gasoline lawnmower for an electric mower.  An additional $700,000 was appropriated for this program during the 2015 legislative session.  For more information visit the CARROT Program.

PM10 Maintenance Plans

Purpose

Update the existing PM10 SIPs to show 10 years of continued NAAQS attainment.  Utah will also request that EPA subsequently redesignate these areas to attainment.
Contact Bill Reiss (801) 536-4077
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)
DEQ is currently working toward a proposed plan for the Air Quality Board's consideration  in September 2015.

Heavy Duty Vehicle Tax Credit Clean Fuel Amendments and Rebates

Purpose

HB406,  which provides an income tax credit for the purchase of a natural gas heavy duty vehicle, was passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session. 
Contact Mat Carlile (801) 536-4116
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)
DAQ is currently working with stakeholders to develop a rule to implement this new program.  We are hopeful to have a rule ready for the Air Quality Board’s consideration by the May Board meeting.

Clean Fuel Amendments and Rebates

Purpose

HB15, which authorizes DAQ to make grants to a person that installs alternate fuel conversion equipment on an eligible vehicle, was passed during the 2015 General Legislative Session.   DEQ is currently developing rules to administer this new program.   
Contact Mat Carlile (801) 536-4116
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)
DEQ is currently working with stakeholders to develop the rule.  A draft rule for the Air Quality Board’s consideration will be ready by July 2015

Regional Haze SIP

Purpose

Revise the SIP to address EPA's partial disapproval of the BART determination for NOx and PM and provide a 5 year progress update.
Contact Colleen Delaney (801) 536-4248 or Mark Berger (801) 536-0076
Notes
(Progress, Related Links, etc.)
Proposed Regional Haze SIP is available for public comment until May 1, 2015.  The comment period for the progress report has ended and DAQ staff is currently working on responding to comments and preparing the report for submittal to EPA.