Clean Air Excellence Awards
Regulatory/Policy Innovations Award
Oil and Gas Emission Reduction Initiative
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
In 2014, the State of Colorado adopted new rules to further minimize air quality impacts associated with oil and gas development. The regulations resulted from Governor John Hickenlooper's continuing emphasis on collaborative solutions to ensure responsible oil and gas development. Colorado's rules expand upon existing state law and the EPA's recent New Source Performance Standards. The rules were developed after an extensive stakeholder process lead by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, working closely with diverse partners. A broad coalition of industry, environmental and local government stakeholders supported the rules, which were adopted by Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission.
The Regulatory/Policy Innovations Award applies to regulatory or policy initiatives and programs implemented across all levels (state, local, tribal, non-profit, industry, etc.). In addition to the general criteria, the following criteria will be used in assessing each entry:
Regulatory/Policy Innovations Award Criteria
- The regulation or policy encourages actions that go beyond compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
- The regulation or policy provides flexibility to the regulated community.
- The development process for the regulation or policy has included a stakeholder (e.g., public) involvement component.
- The regulation or policy has been put into effect.