Here is a letter sent by Amanda Smith Utah DEQ to EPA in response to their letter concerning HB70, I transcribed it, Jim
801 427 2284
Department of Environmental Quality
State of Utah
March 3 2010
Carol Rushin, Acting Regional Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
1595 Wykoop Street
Denver, Co 80202-1129
Dear Ms. Rushin,
I write this letter on behalf of Governor Gary Herbert and the State of Utah in response to your letter dated February 12, 2010 regarding 2ndSub H.B.70 passed by the Utah State Legislature on February 25, 2010. Please know that we have the same goal as the EPA, clean air in Utah, and believe that this legislation moves us towards this goal.
We understand that federal regulations pertinent to installation of CNG conversion kits are imminent. The Utah Department of Environmental Quality would like to continue to work in cooperation with the EPA in accelerating the certification procedures for compressed natural gas conversion kits to accommodate a readily available, cleaner burning fuel. While 2ndSub H.B.70 does not specifically prohibit installation of non-EPA certified kits, it also does nothing to promote these actions. Rather it creates safeguards for public safety and air quality by requiring testing and inspections for emissions and tampering on vehicles retrofitted for CNG within the State of Utah. These safeguards will remain in effect until such time as they are addressed by federal regulations.
Again, we understand your concerns and would like to continue the dialogue on how to address this issue in timely manner. Utah, working with the Department of Energy to promote cleaner and secure fuel, has made a large investment in CNG infrastructure and believes that this fuel is an important element in keeping our air clean. We look forward to a strategy that makes it as easy and affordable as possible to put clean CNG vehicles on our roadways.
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