Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee
The Metropolitan Washington Air Quality Committee (MWAQC) (see Map) is the entity certified by the mayor of the District of Columbia and the governors of Maryland and Virginia to prepare an air quality plan for the DC-MD-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area under Section 174 of the federal Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. MWAQC members are elected officials of COG member jurisdictions plus members from Calvert and Stafford counties; the air management and transportation directors of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; members of the Maryland and Virginia General Assemblies; and the chair of the Transportation Planning Board. See bylaws additional detail.
In executing its responsibilities, MWAQC coordinates air quality planning activities among COG, other external committees, and the Transportation Planning Board; reviews policies; resolves policy differences; and adopts an air quality plan for transmittal to the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. MWAQC subcommittees include the Executive Committee, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), and the Air and Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC).