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Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Vision and Guiding Principles for the National Air Program. ECOS update September 23, 2009. Briefing Outline. Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Background Vision and Guiding Principles (VGP) Report Background and Summary Proposed CAAAC Follow-up Activities

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clean air act advisory committee vision and guiding principles for the national air program

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Vision and Guiding Principles for the National Air Program

ECOS update

September 23, 2009

briefing outline
Briefing Outline

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee Background

Vision and Guiding Principles (VGP) Report Background and Summary

Proposed CAAAC Follow-up Activities

EPA Response to VGP Report

Next Steps and Key Decisions

clean air act advisory committee
Clean Air Act Advisory Committee

Formed after the 1990 Amendments of the Clean Air Act

Meets three times annually to advise the agency on Air Quality Policy issues

Approximately 40 members

Representation from State/Local Government, Environmental/health organizations, Academia, and regulated industries

Subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act Requirements

vision and guiding principles
Vision and Guiding Principles

CAAAC issued its final Vision report to EPA in February 2009

Report provides a comprehensive vision, guiding principles, and recommendations for the National Air Program

Vision purpose:

Guide future deliberations and actions of the CAAAC

Foster dialogue and catalyze action among EPA and partners on ways to improve the National Air Program

vision background
Vision Background

CAAAC Vision report draws on 10+ years of thinking on ways to improve U.S air quality management, including:

National Academy of Sciences’ Air Quality Management in the U.S. Report (2004)

CAAAC Air Quality Management Phase I & II Recommendations

Joint Statement on Vision & Goals for the National Air Program (December 2000)

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Vision and Guiding Principles

CAAAC VGP Report and deliberations had strong participation and support from the full CAAAC, including government, industry, NGO, and academic members

Significant interest in advancing the VGP as a framework for dialogue and action (not just a report)

CAAAC members believe EPA must work with the CAAAC to build shared ownership for the VGP report if it is to be successful

vision for the national air program
Vision for the National Air Program

Achieve and maintain air quality that protects and enhances public health, welfare, and the environment

guiding principles
Guiding Principles

Establish clear goals and manage for results and accountability

Use appropriate tools including innovative approaches

Conduct sound research and use information effectively

Build capacity among government partners for effective implementation

Build a better and broader partnership

Educate and involve the public

epa response
EPA Response

Acknowledgment letter from EPA Administrator to CAAAC (March 26, 2009)

Elizabeth Craig memo to OAR Office Directors requesting response to report (April 22, 2009)

Greg Green presentation to CAAAC on EPA response to VGP report (May 14, 2009)

Compiled responses from OAR offices

Gina McCarthy - Upcoming CAAAC meeting

epa response summary of input
EPA Response – Summary of Input

Overall, the vision and guiding principles are on target and are broad enough to encompass issues and strategies

Many current EPA and partner activities support the vision and six guiding principles

Resources will constrain EPA and partners’ ability to address gaps; efficiency improvements will be important to expanding capacity

Success will require collective action by all partners in the National Air Program (not justEPA)

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EPA Response – Summary of Input

Need to incorporate specific issues and challenges (e.g., indoor air quality) into the VGP framework

Need to clarify roles and responsibilities within the National Air Program (e.g., among S/L/T partners)

Need to prioritize recommendation areas to focus EPA and partner attention and resources

Need to focus on improving measurement systems

Need to continue exploration of new approaches (e.g., multi-pollutant air quality planning)

caaac next steps on the vision
CAAAC Next Steps on the Vision

Continue recommendations and assess progress of the National Air Program in achieving the vision and in responding to the guiding principles and recommendation areas

Review and update annually the vision, guiding principles and recommendation areas

Identify important areas where new recommendations from the CAAAC may be beneficial

Work to ensure that future CAAAC efforts consider the vision and guiding principles in discussions and recommendations

for more information
For More Information

Visit:

http://www.epa.gov/air/caaac/vision.html

Contact:

Pat Childers, USEPA

(202) 564-1082, childers.pat@epa.gov