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Of Motorcycle Emissions In Arizona – Final
Are you ready for the GREATEST NEWS
ever, that many of us have been working on for the better part of 10 years? The
EPA is about to APPROVE the ADEQ's State Implementation Plan (SIP),
requesting the ELIMINATION OF EMISSIONS ON MOTORCYCLES IN MARICOPA COUNTY
I just got a call from the Arizona
Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), stating the following:
As recently reported, the ADEQ had
been expecting a 'Disapproval Notice' from the EPA on the last SIP that
they submitted, due to the Revision of Ozone Levels at the federal level. Come
to find out that when EPA recently submitted their disapproval draft to their
D.C. headquarters for approval, the D.C. office apparently had a change of mind
and REVERSAL OF OPINION from the last time they dictated what the EPA was to do.
According to ADEQ this morning, the D.C.
office just told the EPA that they were wrong, and that the EPA was to
APPROVE the ADEQ's request for elimination of yearly motorcycle
emissions in Maricopa/Pinal County (AREA A). What happens next?
ADEQ expects the proposed EPA action
to be signed this week and published in the Federal Register within 2 weeks.
That starts the approximately 30 day Public Comment and EPA response to Public
Comment period. Once that is complete, the EPA will sign the final action
and then have 2 weeks to publish that in the Federal Register. The
entire process should be FINAL and EFFECTIVE 60 days from that time frame. This
will make our Revised Arizona Statute become law.
The ADEQ will be working with
Arizona's MVD during that 60 day time frame, to REVISE the registration forms to
no longer state the requirement of emissions on those motorcycles registered in
Bottom line is that the elimination of
yearly emissions on motorcycles in AREA A should be effective by the end of
first quarter of 2013 or before.
There have been many people involved
in this process over the last 10 years. Below is a list of those specific to
Motorcycle Lobbyists, State Legislators, ADEQ and MAG:
Hartmann, Carole O'Reilly, Ray Huston, Mick Degn, Billy Larson, Janet Reber,
Steve Musgrave, Paul "Skypilot" Price
Legislators – Primary Sponsors:
Cooley, Rep Gabby Giffords, Rep Chase, Rep Avelar, Rep Brimhall, Rep Blendu, Rep
Barnes, Rep Huffman, Rep Jerry Weiers
Department Environmental Quality (ADEQ):
Wrona Director (past) Air Quality Division; Ira Domsky Deputy Director (retired)
Air Quality Division; Mohan Toopal Technical Researcher; Ginny Dickey Air
Quality Division; Jim Buster Lobbyist; Eric
Massey Director Air Quality Division; Trevor Baggiore Deputy Director Air
Quality Division; Bruce Friedl Air Quality Planning
Association of Governments (MAG)
Bauer, and staff
& Darby Testing:
A. Martin Waiver Lane Supervisor
last, but surely not least, all of the motorcycle riders and members of the many
MRO’s, organizations, associations and clubs, that took the time and effort to
attend various public hearings and respond in force to the many ‘Calls to
Action’ from the lobby team.
seems that all of our efforts from 2002 until now, have finally paid off!!
MMA Legislative Researcher-Consultant
MMA MAP Coordinator
NCOM Legislative Task Force