Concerned about air quality? Air your thoughts June 20 in GJ |

Concerned about air quality? Air your thoughts June 20 in GJ

Sharon Sullivan

The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission will hold an open public forum, Thursday, June 20 at 7 p.m. at the Grand Junction City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

It’s not often that the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission visits the West Slope, so Thursday’s public meeting is an opportunity for local residents to voice concerns, ask questions and make comments regarding the valley’s air quality.

Created in 1970 by the Colorado Legislature, the Air Quality Control Commission develops air pollution control policy, regulates pollution sources and conducts hearings involving violations of the state’s air pollution laws. The nine-member citizen board is appointed by the governor for three-year terms, with the consent of the senate.

The state commission can create regulations more strict than U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, but not less stringent, Coons said.

The listening session is a unique and good opportunity for citizens to meet with state regulators, she said.

“We’re expecting a lot of people so the chairman will limit the time for each speaker,” Coons said. “Everything will be recorded.”

Individuals will be allowed three minutes to speak, while groups will be granted 10 minutes.

Currently, Teresa Coons serves on the board as the only Western Slope representative. Coons has served on the air quality commission for six-and-a-half years, and will leave the organization in January.

“We’d love to get someone (from the Western Slope) interested in taking my place,” Coons said.

Individuals interested in the position can talk to Coons by calling her at the John McConnell Math and Science Center, 970-254-1626.

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