As mentioned in the video above, ozone is the most widespread pollutant in the U.S. Ozone pollution forms in the atmosphere when gases that come out of tailpipes, smokestacks, and other sources react to the presence of sunlight. As climate change raises global temperatures, the frequency and intensity of ozone formation rises. Unsafe levels of ozone act as a powerful respiratory irritant, causing a variety of respiratory ailments, including premature death. We support the recently passed EPA ozone standards update from 75 ppb to 70 ppb. We're fighting to ensure the ozone legislation is enforced and that ozone levels are reduced.
To learn more about ozone:
- State of the Air Report – Learn about Ozone Pollution in Your Area
- Ozone Pollution Remains a Powerful Threat to Children and Adults with Asthma
The ALAC will be providing $900,000 in vouchers to help replace or retrofit old wood and coal stove appliances with new, efficient, EPA-certified appliances. Residents and businesses of Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties that use older wood or coal burning heating appliances for primary or significant heat are eligible for rebate of $400 - $3,000, depending on the type of replacement appliance and income level.
Many Coloradans depend on wood stoves as a primary source of heat, but a lot of the wood stoves in operation today are inefficient and emit unnecessary levels of toxic air pollutants, like particulate matter and other ozone precursors. New wood, natural gas, and pellet stoves are much more efficient and are regulated by the EPA to control emissions. By replacing older stoves with new ones, residents will save money and improve their health, while the rest of us benefit from safer air.
Clean Cities, a program run by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is a neutral consult for organizations wanting to learn more about alternative fuels and petroleum reduction strategies for their vehicle fleets. Clean Cities supports local action to displace petroleum in the transportation sector to increase energy security, support our domestic economy, and improve air quality for the benefit of public health and the environment.
A Clean Cities Coalition, as listed above, based in Colorado Springs and operating in the Southern region of Colorado.