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MWAQC 2010 Annual Report
Publication Date: 1/10/2011
Publication Number: 20117404

The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) 2010 Annual Report summarizes the following topics:

the new ground-level ozone standard
the Great Maryland Lawn Mower Exchange event
air quality trends
reducing emissions from diesel equipment
anti-idling campaign



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  • MWAQC 2010 Annual Report


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    Inclusion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in State Implementation Plans for Air Quality and Climate Change
    Publication Date: 3/31/2010
    Publication Number: 20107375

    Renewable energy and energy efficiency and conservation (EERE) are core components of regional strategies to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality. EERE projects in the metropolitan Washington region have the capacity to reduce demand for electricity, create new sources of clean energy, and reduce overall emissions of criteria pollutant (precursors to ozone and fine particles) as well as greenhouse gases.

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  • Inclusion of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in State Implementation Plans for Air Quality and Climate Change



  • National Capital Region Climate Change Report
    Publication Date: 11/12/2008
    Publication Number: 20087334



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  • National Capital Region Climate Change Report Adopted November 12, 2008 (2 MB PDF)



  • Plan to Improve Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington, DC-MD-VA Region: State Implementation Plan (SIP) for Fine Particle (PM2.5) Standards
    Publication Date: 3/7/2008
    Publication Number: 20087340

    The EPA-required plan, called a State Implementation Plan (SIP), presents air quality data showing the region will continue to meet the federal standard for fine particle pollution in 2009.

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  • Executive Summary (744 KB PDF)
  • Full Plan (2 MB PDF)
  • Link to Full Appendices and Other Related Files



  • National Capital Region: Best Practices and Policies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
    Publication Date: 2/26/2008
    Publication Number: 20087321



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  • Air Currents
    Publication Date: 1/25/2008
    Publication Number: 20057224

    A periodical discussing issues that the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC)is currently facing.

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  • Air Currents -- January 2008 (500 KB PDF)
  • Air Currents -- February 2007
  • Air Currents - February 2006 (610 KB PDF)
  • Air Currents - March 2005 (364 KB PDF)



  • Plan to Improve Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington, DC-MD-VA Region: State Implementation Plan (SIP) for 8-Hour Ozone Standard
    Publication Date: 5/23/2007
    Publication Number: 20077302

    The EPA-required plan, called a State Implementation Plan (SIP), presents air quality data showing the region will meet the federal standard for ozone -- a harmful gas formed when the sun heats polluted air -- by the fall of 2009.

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  • Executive Summary (200 KB PDF)
  • Full Plan (5 MB PDF)
  • Link to Full Appendices and Other Related Files


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    MWAQC Air Quality Planning Work Program and Budget
    Publication Date: 2/28/2007
    Publication Number: 20057231

    This document presents the work program for the Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC).

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  • FY08 MWAQC Work Program and Budget
  • 2005-2006 Work Program and Budget (399 KB PDF)



  • Improving Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington Region Brochure
    Publication Date: 9/28/2006
    Publication Number: 20067282

    Background information on the status of air quality in the Washington region.

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  • Improving Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington Region Brochure (PDF)



  • Improving Air Quality: Ozone - Metropolitan Washington Region Air Quality Plan Brochure
    Publication Date: 9/28/2006
    Publication Number: 20067283

    Background information on the Washington area air quality plan.

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  • Air Quality Trends: Metropolitan Washington Region 1993-2004
    Publication Date: 8/1/2005
    Publication Number: 20057246

    This report presents an air quality data analysis for all criteria pollutants during an eleven year period, 1993-2004.

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  • Air Quality Trends: Metropolitan Washington Region 1993-2004 (1 MB PDF)


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    Improving Air Quality: Metropolitan Washington Region - State Implementation Plan (SIP)
    Publication Date: 4/29/2004
    Publication Number: 23752

    Background document on the State Improvement Plan (SIP) for air quality in the region.

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  • Improving Air Quality: Metropolitan Washington Region - State Implementation Plan (SIP) (234 KB PDF)


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    Plan to Improve Air Quality in the Washington, DC-MD-VA Region, State Implementation Plan (SIP) (“Severe Area SIP”) for Washington, DC-MD-VA Ozone Nonattainment Area
    Publication Date: 2/19/2004
    Publication Number: 20047177

    This document, the Severe Area Attainment Plan for the Metropolitan Washington Nonattainment Area, focuses on improving air quality in the Washington region to meet the national air quality standard for ozone (one-hour ozone standard). The Plan consists of two Rate of Progress demonstrations, for the period 1999-2002 and for 2002-2005; and an attainment demonstration for 2005. Visit the SIP page to download the appendices to the SIP.

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  • SIP/Executive Summary/Table of Contents/Chapters 1-12 (7.2 MB PDF)


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    Improving Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington Region
    Publication Date: 7/2/2003
    Publication Number: 23751

    Background document on air quality planning in the region.

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  • Improving Air Quality in the Metropolitan Washington Region (203 KB file)


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    Air Quality Trends in the Washington Metropolitan Area: 1985-1996
    Publication Date: 5/1/1997
    Publication Number: No. 97707

    Notes that air quality has improved in the region and summarizes air quality trends emerging from the analysis of data as monitored at state and local air monitoring locations throughout the region.


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