Participants in this voluntary program are encouraged to take near-term action to improve air quality and protect public health over the long term; the air quality improvements that result could serve as a "buffer" against future violations of the NAAQS. Similar to the 2001 and 2008 Ozone Flex programs, Ozone Advance offers a framework for local actions to reduce ozone precursors in attainment and maintenance areas, but differs from Ozone Flex in that it allows more areas to participate and simplifies the program participation requirements. Eligible areas include those not yet designated, or those designated as attainment, unclassifiable/attainment or unclassifiable, for the 2008 ozone standard. To participate, a state, local or tribal agency must sign up by submitting a letter to EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) and then receive acknowledgement from OAQPS that the basic program eligibility criteria have been met. Participants will then work with EPA and stakeholders to understand the local issues and options for addressing them.
Following these discussions – preferably within one year of signing up for the program – the state, local or tribal agency will identify the measures and programs it will pursue and an implementation schedule. These agencies will then work with EPA to "quickly" evaluate, select and implement control measures. EPA will share information regarding available tools, resources and data that might be useful in helping participants resolve issues; identify emission reduction and public education options; provide technical advice; and facilitate information sharing.
Ozone Advance participants will also be encouraged to maximize multi-pollutant reductions when choosing measures and strategies to further reduce ozone. EPA has indicated it envisions employing a similar approach for PM. EPA has scheduled a one-hour webinar to review the final Ozone Advance guidance, identify changes made from the draft guidance and answer questions.
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT. Information on how to register for the webinar is available on Air Web on the Criteria Pollutants Committee page Calendar.
For further information: http://www.epa.gov/ozoneadvance