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Midwest Regional Planning Organization
Resolution of the State Commissioners
WHEREAS, section 169A of the Clean Air Act sets forth a national goal for visibility which is the Aprevention of any future, and the remedying of any existing, impairment of visibility in Class I areas which impairment results from manmade air pollution@.
WHEREAS, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (AU.S. EPA@) has promulgated regional haze regulations that, among other things, require all states to establish goals and emission reduction strategies for improving visibility due to regional haze in the 156 national park and wilderness areas throughout the United States designated by U.S. EPA as mandatory Federal Class I areas.
WHEREAS, U.S. EPA=s regional haze regulations allow for, and encourage through deferment of deadlines, a coordinated approach to addressing regional haze issues.
WHEREAS, as part of the implementation of the regional haze regulations, U.S. EPA has provided grant funds for five regional planning organizations (ARPOs@), to facilitate their efforts to assess visibility impairment in the region. One of these RPOs includes the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
WHEREAS, considerable technical analyses will be necessary before emission reduction strategies can be implemented and, in particular, to understand the relationship between regional haze, fine particulate matter, and ozone.
RESOLVED, we, hereby, endorse and support the formation and operation of the Midwest RPO consisting of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, working through the Lake Michigan Air Directors Consortium, to address the issues related to the federal regional haze program and pollutants such as fine particulate matter that contribute to regional haze. The Midwest RPO shall provide technical assessments of visibility impairment due to regional haze in the mandatory Federal Class I areas located inside the borders of the States of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin, and the impact of emissions from the five states on visibility impairment due to regional haze in the mandatory Federal Class I areas located outside the borders of the five States. It is the intent of the Midwest RPO to reach a consensus agreement on technical tools to be used to develop the regional haze State Implementation Plan and to determine, if necessary, any required regional control strategy or strategies.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have unanimously approved and executed this resolution as of the latest date shown below.
For the State of Illinois:
Title: Director, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
T homas V. Skinner
For the State of Indiana:
Title: Commissioner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
L ori F. Kaplan
For the State of Michigan:
Title: Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Russell J. Harding
For the State of Ohio:
Title: Director, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
For the State of Wisconsin:
Title: Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
George E. Meyer