OAI Updates-Draft Rule, Modeling, & Website Redesign

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Ozone Attainment Initiative Bulletin

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The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) released a draft version of the state’s ozone precursor rule for an informal 30-day public comment period. NMED’s draft rules focus on oil and natural gas equipment that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). 

The public comment period for the draft rule provides the public an early opportunity to participate in the regulatory process and rule development. Once NMED receives and considers public input, it will revise the rule and request a public hearing before the Environmental Improvement Board. NMED anticipates requesting a December rule making hearing in September. A second formal public comment period and opportunity to participate in the process will be available at that time.

NMED's draft rule is available here. Please provide input on the draft rule to nm.methanestrategy@state.nm.us or to Liz Bisbey-Kuehn, NMED Air Quality Bureau, 525 Camino de los Marquez, Suite 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505, by 5 p.m. on August 20, 2020. NMED will host a virtual public meeting on the rule from 4-6 p.m. on August 6, 2020. Additional details are forthcoming.

In addition, information on statewide ozone photochemical modeling to support regulatory development is available to the public at https://www.wrapair2.org/NMOAI.aspx. NMED is also redesigning its ozone webpage to update the information provided, including links to our rulemaking efforts and make it more user friendly. NMED's redesigned ozone webpage will be available shortly at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/ozone/.

For additional information concerning this bulletin, please contact Robert Spillers at robert.spillers@state.nm.us or (505) 476-4324.