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Air Quality Public Advisory Committee (AQPAC). Joan Rohlfs Chief, Air Quality Planning Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments January 26, 2009. www. Overview. Organizational Context,History and Mission Accomplishments

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air quality public advisory committee aqpac

Air Quality Public Advisory Committee (AQPAC)

Joan Rohlfs

Chief, Air Quality Planning

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

January 26, 2009


  • Organizational Context,History and Mission
  • Accomplishments
  • New Bylaws, Expanded Mission
  • Member Appointment, Schedule



(250+ Local, State, and Federal Government Elected Officials)

  • Public/Private Partnerships
    • Clean Air Partners
    • Greater Washington 2050
  • Metropolitan Washington Alternative Fuels Clean Cities Partnership
    • National Capital Region Emergency Preparedness Council
        • Washington Area Housing Partnership

MWAQC Organizational Structure 2009

National Capital Region

Transportation Planning Board (TPB)

Chair: Charles Jenkins

Frederick County Bd of Commissioners

Interstate Air Quality Council (IAQC)

Chair: George Hawkins, Director,

DC Department of Environment

Budget Subcommittee

mwaqc created in 1992
MWAQC Created in 1992
  • Section 174 of CAA
  • Certified by Mayor of the District of Columbia and governors of MD and VA
  • Purpose: to prepare regional air quality plans to meet federal health standards for ozone and carbon monoxide
  • (2004) Revised Purpose: prepare regional air quality plans for new ozone and fine particle standards
mwaqc created
MWAQC Created

The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee conducts air quality planning for the Washington nonattainment


mwaqc bylaws
MWAQC Bylaws
  • Develop and maintain a public participation and education program and collaborate with other public air quality efforts as appropriate.
members of mwaqc



Local Governments

[Counties and Cities]



Members of MWAQC
air quality planning
Air Quality Planning

MWAQC approves air quality plans (SIPs) for MD, VA, DC

MWAQC revises SIP as necessary

EPA approves SIP

Jurisdictions submit SIP to EPA

aqpac mission
AQPAC Mission
  • Facilitate dialogue among diverse interest groups, the community and MWAQC
  • Advise MWAQC in development of air quality and climate change plans, policies
  • MWAQC appoints individuals to represent elements of the community, seeking a balance among them and a geographic balance
  • Terms: 3 years, staggered
  • Term limit: 2 three-year terms, but may be longer at MWAQC’s discretion
election of officers
Election of Officers
  • Nominating Committee nominates individuals for chair and vice chair;
  • Slate is announced 10 days before election
  • Election takes place in February
  • Nominations can be made from the floor
aqpac activities
AQPAC Activities
  • Comment on air quality and climate change issues, plans and policies
    • Air Quality Plans (“SIPs”), COG’s Climate Change Report, Power plant permits affecting Washington region, public hearing schedule, attainment modeling, transportation issues
air quality issues 2009
Air Quality Issues: 2009
  • Designation for 2008 ozone standard
  • Request for redesignation, 1997 fine particle standard
  • Transportation conformity analyses
  • Greenhouse gas emissions inventories
  • Control measures for ozone, PM, GHG
climate change issues 2009
Climate Change Issues: 2009
  • COG Structure for addressing climate change issues
  • Develop plan for achieving 10% reduction in GHG by 2012
  • Outreach and education program for climate change
  • Measuring regional progress
mwaqc appointment process
MWAQC Appointment Process
  • MWAQC will appoint AQPAC members on January 28
  • Staff will notify all applicants on Jan. 29
  • The first AQPAC meeting is Feb. 23
  • AQPAC meets on Mondays, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • AQPAC usually meets the week before MWAQC
dep aq cc staff
DEP AQ & CC Staff
  • Stuart Freudberg, Director, Dept. Environmental Programs
  • Joan Rohlfs, Chief, AQ Planning
  • Jeff King, Senior Environmental Planner
  • Sunil Kumar, Senior Environmental Engineer
  • Jen Desimone, Environmental Planner

www. quality/AQPAC

further information www mwcog publications
Further Information:www.mwcog/publications

Washington, DC-MD-VA State Implementation Plans

National Capital Region Climate

Change Report (11/12/08)