Gov. Jared Polis is using the dog days of August to get busy governing with executive orders, issuing a proclamation on air quality Thursday afternoon.
The second directive in as many days told the Regional Air Quality Council to:
- act "boldly and cost-effectively," as well as expeditiously, to regulate air quality with health-based standards in mind for the Denver metro and northern Front Range regions.
- seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to "mitigate the significant public health, economic and environmental impacts of climate change."
- prioritize strategies to mitigate climate change, improve energy efficiency, reduce traffic congestion and cut air pollution.
Read the full order by clicking here.
The 24-member Regional Air Quality Council was created in 1989 to be the lead agency to help the nine-county region attain federal environment standards. Each governor can leave his imprint on the agency by way of executive order.
Polis updated the executive order issued by then-Gov. John Hickenlooper in 2013.
“This executive order highlights ozone pollution as the most pressing and immediate air quality issue we face — especially for children, seniors and other vulnerable populations — and directs the RAQC to come into compliance with health-based standards as soon as possible,” Polis said in a statement Thursday.
“Today’s action marks an important piece of our administration’s broader efforts to protect the qualities that make Colorado such a special place to call home.”
On Wednesday the first-year governor issued an executive order to improve the state's handling of wildlife migration.
In June, about six weeks after protesters convinced lawmakers to abandon a new statewide form on vaccination exemptions, Polis did the job with executive order.
Soon after he took office in January, Polis issued an executive order to boost electric vehicles, and last week the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission took a big step in that direction by setting standards for auto dealers to designate a portion of their inventory for zero-emissions vehicles.