Board Resolution, 1/17/2001

Resolution

Air Pollution Control Board of Jefferson County

January 17, 2001

Opposition to HB27 and SB48

 

Whereas , Jefferson County is part of the Louisville ozone nonattainment area, an area that is currently designated as not meeting the 1-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (1-hour ozone standard) and classified as moderately polluted (Moderate) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (Clean Air Act);

Whereas , The Clean Air Act requires a basic vehicle inspection/maintenance program in Moderate ozone nonattainment areas;

Whereas , Implementation of the Jefferson County Vehicle Emissions Testing (VET) program has caused the reduction of approximately 2,900 tons per year of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from tested and repaired vehicles. These reductions are among the most cost-effective reductions implemented in Jefferson County to achieve monitored attainment of the 1-hour ozone standard;

Whereas , Implementation of the VET program has caused the reduction of approximately 30,600 tons per year of carbon monoxide (CO) emissions from tested and repaired vehicles. This reduction was solely responsible for abating the CO problem in Jefferson County, allowing Jefferson County to meet the federal CO standard and to be redesignated to attainment by the EPA;

Whereas , The Commonwealth of Kentucky is currently in the process of applying to the EPA for redesignation of the Louisville area to attainment, following three years of monitored attainment of the 1-hour ozone standard. To be redesignated, the Clean Air Act requires a demonstration that an area will continue to be in attainment for a period of 10 years after EPA approval of a maintenance plan;

Whereas , For federally-funded transportation projects to be approved into the Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP), conformity with the established transportation emissions budget must be demonstrated;

Whereas , Enactment of SB48, which would prohibit the continued operation of the Jefferson County Vehicle Emissions Testing (VET) program after 2003, would cause an increase in VOC emissions to the extent that the current emission control programs would not provide for enough emission reduction for an approvable maintenance plan, in which case the Louisville ozone nonattainment area could not be redesignated to attainment by the EPA;

Whereas , Enactment of HB27, which would prohibit VET testing of the most recent four model years, and enactment of SB48 would cause an increase in mobile source VOC emissions to the extent that transportation conformity would not be demonstrated, in which case federal funds could not be awarded for transportation projects;

Whereas , Emission reductions from other sources, to compensate for the loss of emission reductions from the discontinuation of the VET program, would require the development of an approvable maintenance plan. Emission reductions from other sources would be significantly less cost effective and thus place a higher burden on the industrial and commercial sectors and the citizens of Jefferson County; and

Whereas , Reliance on alternate emission reductions, to compensate for the loss of emission reductions from the discontinuation of the VET program, would be necessary to demonstrate transportation conformity. These changes would likely cause significant restrictions on the use of vehicles in Jefferson County; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Air Pollution Control Board of Jefferson County recommends to the members of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky that SB48 and HB27 not be enacted.

Adopted January 17, 2001

 

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Robert W. Powell, M.D.
Chairman

 

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Jonathan L. Trout
Secretary-Treasurer