AACOG

Alamo Area Council of Governments


EPA

Early last month, the EPA issued its final rule for ground-level ozone pollution, setting the standard at 70 parts per billion. Long expected after being talked about late last year, the 70 ppb limit, down 5ppb from its current standard, the new rule was tepid to many in the environmental and public health communities who had pushed to get the limit dropped further.

Alamo Area Council of Governments

The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has hired a new executive director and their choice, Diane Rath, will have a lot of work ahead of her. 

AACOG has had a rough year. It had its wrist slapped by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality this year. TCEQ accused AACOG of releasing oil and gas pollution data into the community before TCEQ allowed. TCEQ eliminated 25 percent of AACOG's budget shortly thereafter.

City of San Antonio

The state of Texas will be helping San Antonio meet air quality standards. During a city council committee meeting Wednesday, San Antonio's intergovernmental relations director, Jeff Coyle, told members that a plan will be drafted by the state to allow local leaders to choose how to best solve the region's air quality needs.

The state has agreed to do a draft a study for San Antonio to identify air quality solutions that local leaders can implement.

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has frozen nearly $200,000 slotted for air improvement programs at the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) for publicly posting a study the state's environmental regulator had funded without TCEQ review.

With the city teetering on the precipice of non-attainment with the Clean Air Act -- and the threat of additional mandatory regulations on cars, trucks and ozone producers -- why is the funding being frozen now? 

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