New Colorado Air Quality Rule Would Limit Who Can Drive To Work

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The State of Colorado is attempting to address the number one cause of pollution in the state.

A new rule by the Air Quality Control Commission would require businesses to limit the number of people who drive to work.

The Employee Trip Reduction Plan is an attempt to reduce pollution in the state of Colorado.

“It’s an ozone alert day today and we have unhealthy air and if we want to do something about it, and I sure as heck want to have cleaner air, than we need to reduce the amount of pollution coming from our transportation sector,” Danny Katz, head of CoPIRG, an environmental and consumer advocacy group told CBS4.

The rule would apply to businesses with more than 100 employees in the nine ozone non-attainment counties of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson, and part of Larimer and Weld.

A total of 25% (225,000 workers) would have to work from home, walk, bike, or bus to work by 2023. By 2025, 40% (360,000 workers) would have to find alternative ways to commute.

However, the rule also requires businesses to hire a transportation coordinator by January 2022 who will track how every employee gets to work, come up with an employee trip reduction plan, and submit progress reports to the state.

The Air Quality Control Commission will hold hearings and finalize the rule within the following months.

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