Colorado Legislative Council Staff
NO FISCAL IMPACT
February 2, 1998
Scott Nachtrieb (866-4752)
TITLE: CONCERNING STRATEGIES FOR THE PROTECTION OF AIR QUALITY IN CARBON MONOXIDE NONATTAINMENT AREAS UNDER THE STATE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN, AND, IN CONNECTION THEREWITH, DIRECTING THE AIR QUALITY CONTROL COMMISSION TO REQUIRE THE USE OF OXYGENATED FUELS ONLY AS A CONTINGENT STRATEGY FOR SUCH AREAS THAT HAVE BEEN REDESIGNATED AS ATTAINMENT AREAS.
Summary of Assessment
The bill would allow The Air Quality Control Commission to designate oxygenated fuels as a contingent strategy for carbon monoxide nonattainment in areas that have been designated attainment areas. No federally enforceable, mandated oxygenated fuels program would be included in an element of the SIP except as a contingent strategy, if oxygenated fuels is not necessary to maintain the federal national ambient air quality standard.
Oxygenated fuels would become a contingent strategy through the normal regulatory process once an area becomes an attainment area. This bill would prevent the Commission from making the use of oxygenated fuels a major federally enforceable strategy if an area should lose its attainment status. The bill would not change existing revenues, expenditures, or workloads for state or local governments. Therefore, this bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.
Health and Environment