The Regional Air Quality Council, or RACQ, has approved a plan to reduce ozone air pollution across nine counties in the Denver metro area. The council passed it with a 20 to one vote Friday afternoon following lengthy public comment for and against.
Referred to as the Ozone State Implementation Plan, or SIP, the measure comes as the metro area is set to receive a worse grade from the Environmental Protection Agency for consistently failing to meet ozone health standards.
Many local municipal representatives, residents, and environmentalists who spoke at Friday’s meeting said the plan doesn’t go far enough to reduce harmful air pollution, and should take more innovative steps. Some said the RACQ’s previous SIPs have not…
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