How long should an area plan on participating in Ozone Advance?
Participation should last for a period of five years or longer as needed/desired. Participants may terminate their involvement in Ozone Advance at any time, with notice to EPA. Similarly, EPA may end a state, tribal or local governments' participation in the program at any time, such as where a participant does not demonstrate any effort to make air quality improvements during the course of the program.
Does Ozone Advance establish new or avoid existing regulatory requirements?
No, this program does not create or avoid any regulatory requirements. As noted previously, participation in Ozone Advance does not allow the participant(s) or regulated entities in those communities to avoid applicable requirements under the Clean Air Act, EPA regulations, or an approved SIP. While the program itself does not establish any regulatory requirements for state, tribal, or local government participants, if, as part of the program, state, tribal, or local authorities adopt regulations, such regulations likely would establish enforceable requirements on the regulated entities (i.e. enforceable by the state or local government; state and local regulations may even become Federally enforceable if they are incorporated into the SIP).
Will states receive SIP credit for emission reduction measures undertaken as part of Ozone Advance?
EPA will not, as part of Ozone Advance, review commitments made under Ozone Advance for purposes of approval or disapproval into a SIP. However, if an area participating in Ozone Advance is subsequently designated nonattainment for the 2008 ozone NAAQS or any future revised ozone NAAQS, emission reductions achieved from measures implemented as part of the program could generally be accounted for in future SIP planning.
Can EPA guarantee that participating in Ozone Advance will cause an area to remain in attainment?
EPA can provide no guarantees. A participating state, tribal, and/or local government's success in the program depends largely on its/their level of commitment and the effectiveness of the actions taken under Ozone Advance.
How does Ozone Advance relate to PM Advance?
Both are part of the Advance Program, which encourages actions that may help attainment areas create a better cushion against future nonattainment. Areas that sigh up for both Ozone and PM Advance can develop and implement a single, multi-pollutant strategy that addresses ozone and PM2.5.
See the Program Guidance (PDF) (31pp, 131k) for more information.