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Four Corners Air Quality Group

Welcome to the Four Corners Air Quality Group home page!

The Four Corners Air Quality Group is a forum for individuals interested in air quality to meet, learn about current conditions, review progress on mitigation of air quality impacts, and generally contribute to clean air in the Four Corners area.

The Group meets at least once per year and more often if circumstances warrant it. The Group is convened by the States of Colorado and New Mexico, with the support of a range of state, tribal and federal agencies.

To join the Four Corners Air Quality Group, please sign up on the listserv. You will be notified of meetings and other important air quality information affecting the Four Corners area.

History of the Task Force and Group

What was the purpose of the Task Force?

The original purpose of the Task Force was to bring together a diverse group of interested parties to learn about and discuss air quality issues in the Four Corners area. Task Force members developed a broad list of options for improving air quality in the area that aids the regulatory agencies in managing air quality impacts. These options were included in a Report which was finalized in November 2007. The completion of the Report ended the official business of the Task Force.

So much interest in air quality issues was generated through the Task Force, it was decided to re-convene the members and any other interested parties  into the future to review air quality progress in the Four Corners as the Four Corners Air Quality Group.

Who convened and manages the Four Corners Air Quality Group and, formerly, the Task Force?

The states of New Mexico and Colorado convened the Task Force in November 2005 and oversaw the work of the Task Force through its completion in November 2007. The States of Colorado and New Mexico will continue to oversee any future meetings of the Four Corners Air Quality Group, and will keep this website available into the future for information sharing on air quality issues in the Four Corners area.

What other agencies are involved?

Other participating agencies include the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency; the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Air Quality Program; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service; the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service; the U.S. Department of Energy; and the state of Utah.

Why does the Four Corners area need an effort such as this?

Increased development in the area including power plants, oil and gas wells, and population growth are contributing to air quality concerns. Ozone levels in the region are close to exceeding the health-based national air quality standards for outdoor air. Many residents are concerned with potential health impacts from other pollutants. An overall haze can often be seen in the skies, which impacts visibility. There are concerns for the ecosystem due to deposition of mercury and nitrogen.

The responsible regulatory agencies are addressing these issues in order to effectively manage air quality. These agencies believe input from residents of the area is important in developing and implementing an effective management plan.

Who may participate?

Anyone with an interest in air quality issues in the Four Corners area is invited to participate. Please see the website for information on how to become involved.

Meetings

The annual Four Corners Air Quality Group meeting was held September 13, 2017 in Durango, CO.  There was also a 2nd Four Corners Science Forum on Methane on September 12, 2017.

Meeting documents:

A regular meeting of the Four Corners Air Quality Group was held December 1, 2016 at San Juan College School of Energy. Here are the documents from the meeting:


A regular meeting of the Four Corners Air Quality Group was held November 9-10, 2015 at Ft. Lewis College in Durango, CO. Here are the documents from the meeting:

The Four Corners Air Quality Group met on Dec 1, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Energy, San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico. Here are the documents from the meeting:

 
 
 
 
 

 

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