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Advance Program

Advance Control Measures & Programs

Menu of Control Measures

As Advance areas develop and update their path forward, they should consider a variety of voluntary and mandatory measures and programs; these might relate to transportation, energy efficiency/renewable energy, and point and area sources. Awareness-building and educational programs should also be considered.  The resources on this page can help, and participants are also encouraged to talk with their EPA Advance Program contact.

One resource Advance areas can refer to is the Menu of Control Measures. This document was developed to help state, local and tribal areas identify and evaluate actions to reduce ozone and PM pollution for the purpose of achieving and maintaining the national ambient air quality standards. This informational document is intended to provide a broad, though not comprehensive, listing of potential emissions reduction measures for direct fine PM (PM2.5) and precursors of ozone and fine PM. Many of these measures have co-benefits from reducing emissions of other pollutants (e.g., sulfur dioxide, mercury, VOC, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, metals and ammonia)

Ozone Flex

Ozone Advance is similar to the 2006 Ozone Flex program. Ozone Advance differs from Ozone Flex in that it offers expanded eligibility for participation and it streamlines the process for participation to the extent possible. For a detailed list of comparisons, see the Comparison of 8-hour Ozone Flex Program With Prospective Ozone Advance Program.  Ozone Flex areas implemented a variety of measures such as commuting programs, ozone action day programs, low VOC roadway materials, alternative fuels for non-aircraft vehicles, diesel idling and retrofit programs. See EPA's Ozone Flex Guidance to read more about the 2006 Ozone Flex Program.

8-Hour Ozone Flex Participants and Plans

8-Hour Ozone Flex Participant Plan Matrix : This summary table provides an overview of voluntary control measures identified in the 8-Hour Ozone Flex Participant Plans. When available, links to specific control measure information located on EPA and other (Federal, State, Local) websites are included.

Other MeasuresFifteen communities that were already meeting, but that may have been near nonattainment for, the 1997 8-hour ozone standard entered into agreements, or Early Action Compacts (EACs), with EPA. These 15 areas joined the EAC program to ensure that they stayed in attainment and because they wanted to take voluntary steps to maintain the standard. Examples of measures for these areas are identified in the table

Reducing PM From Residential Wood Smoke

EPA’s Burn Wise program provides information about options for reducing PM from residential wood smoke.  For example: 

Mobile Sources

National Clean Diesel Campaign - Promotes clean air strategies by working with manufacturers, air quality professionals, environmental and community organizations, and state and local officials to reduce diesel emissions.

Regional Clean Diesel Collaboratives - As part of EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign, seven regional collaboratives across the nation work to leverage funds and take a local approach to mitigating diesel emissions. These diverse, multi-stakeholder groups provide technical assistance, foster partnerships, and identify and leverage resources. 

The following links exit the site Exit:

  • Northeast Diesel Collaborative - A regional initiative to significantly reduce diesel emissions and improve public health in the eight northeastern states.

  • Mid-Atlantic Diesel Collaborative - A partnership between leaders from federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.

  • Southeast Diesel Collaborative - A voluntary, public-private partnership involving leaders from federal, state and local government, the private sector and other stakeholders throughout the southeast working to reduce diesel emissions. 

  • Blue Skyways Collaborative – A resource for businesses, communities, agricultural entities and governments interested in developing and implementing best practices for environmental improvement.  Incorporates ten states: Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, and the area along the borders with Canada and Mexico.

  • Rocky Mountain Clean Diesel Collaborative - A partnership of federal, state and local governments, non-profit organizations, the private sector, and environmental groups in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

  • West Coast Collaborative – A partnership between leaders from federal, state, and local government, the private sector, and environmental groups committed to reducing diesel emissions along the West Coast. This collaborative includes California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico.