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Polis addresses Colorado’s air quality with urgency, withdraws request to EPA

Original request was for more time to comply with federal standards

This May, Colorado is required to submit current air-monitoring data to federal regulators.
Chris Dillmann | cdillmann@vaildaily.com |

Colorado is withdrawing a requested extension before the Environmental Protection Agency that had been aimed at giving the state additional time to come into compliance with federal health-based air standards.

Extending the attainment date for the 2008 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard is an unhealthy, counterintuitive way to comply with air standards, Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement released Friday.

“There’s too much smog in our air, and instead of hiding behind bureaucracy and paperwork that delay action, we are moving forward to make our air cleaner now,” Polis said.

Colorado is developing zero-emissions vehicle standards, reforming oil and gas laws to prioritize public health and safety, and advancing toward 100 percent renewable energy in efforts to clean the air, rather than rely on extensions that would allow more polluted air to be acceptable, the governor said.

In a withdrawal request letter dated Tuesday to Doug Benevento, regional EPA administrator, Polis said Colorado intends to move forward quickly to clean the air and protect the public health.

Read the full story via The Denver Post.

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