2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting
Denver

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URGING NATIONAL MULTI-POLLUTANT LEGISLATION TO ENHANCE AIR QUALITY

WHEREAS, the Nation's Mayors seek to provide affordable energy and clean air in their communities; and

WHEREAS, under the Clean Air Act, States and local governments must attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) to protect human health; and

WHEREAS, under the NAAQS, States and local governments will be required to designate by early 2004 the attainment status of their jurisdictions with regard to the ozone and fine particulate matter standards; and

WHEREAS, States are required to develop State Implementation Plans (SIPs) for areas that do not comply with the NAAQS in a process that is often politically contentious and resource-intensive; and

WHEREAS, city infrastructure investment, economic development decisions, and transportation planning are constrained by emissions limits under SIPs; and

WHEREAS, air pollution does not respect jurisdictional boundaries and local governments have recognized that significant emissions affecting nonattainment areas come from the power generation sector; and

WHEREAS, the increasing support for a comprehensive national program to enhance clean air standards through a multi-pollutant approach in the power sector is demonstrated by the numerous different proposals that have been introduced by Congress and the Administration,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages Congress to set national air emission caps under a multi-pollutant plan at levels strong enough to protect public health and the environment by substantively assisting cities in their efforts to attain the National Ambient Air Quality Standards; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports a comprehensive and synchronized multi-pollutant market-based program to reduce regulatory costs, maintain reliable energy at a reasonable cost for consumers, and provide certainty to the electric power sector, regulating officials and citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors encourages the first session of the 108th Congress to pass national legislation which will meet the U.S. Conference of Mayors' goals by requiring power plants to reduce air emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury by an average of 70% from 2000 emissions levels by 2020 under a proven market-based cap and trade program.