The EPA’s decision means stricter regulation of San Antonio’s air quality.
The EPA must meet a court-imposed July 17 deadline to say whether San Antonio’s air meets the federal health standard for ozone.
The station includes 10 fueling lanes for compressed natural gas, or CNG, used to fuel VIA’s fleet of 308 CNG buses.
A March letter states that the Environmental Protection Agency would consider “all or portions of Bexar County as, at best, unclassifiable.”
Even with the shortened timeline, San Antonio will still be the last city in the U.S. to find out whether it officially meets the air quality standards for ozone.
The Texas governor wants to avoid a designation of poor air quality for San Antonio, though public health advocates say the city’s air clearly doesn’t meet standards.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other speakers at a summit on Friday said members of San Antonio’s business community can help improve local air quality without hurting their bottom line.
City leaders said they are all for moving forward with a plan designed to preserve sensitive habitat and natural resources.
The future of San Antonio, or at least the ambitious SA Tomorrow plans and policies for the rapidly growing city, are circulating through the city’s physical and digital worlds.
Recognizing that air quality is a regional pursuit, a coalition of local city and county governments is working together to exchange ideas and model best practices in an effort to curb pollution in the San Antonio area.