MWAQCMetropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (DC)
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The revised plan builds on the SIP that MWAQC approved and the District of Columbia and the states of Maryland and Virginia submitted to the EPA in August, 2003, which included a list of control measures to reduce ozone-causing local pollution that is transported to other areas, as well as a number of state regulated control measures designed to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
According to MWAQC, the revised plan, which builds upon an earlier SIP submitted to the EPA last August, "demonstrates required progress toward meeting improvements in air quality by 2002 and 2005" and adopts new control measures, including a package of local governments' voluntary pollution reduction commitments such as purchasing alternative fuel vehicles and retrofitting diesel-powered school buses.
MWAQC noted that the revised plan also addresses Clean Air Act requirements for areas "severely" out of compliance with the one-hour national ozone standard and incorporates contingency measures, "thereby ensuring that additional procedures for reducing pollution are available as may be necessary to meet Clean Air Act requirements."
The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) is responsible for preparing the region's air-quality plans and recommends strategies to control ground-level ozone.