State, tribal, and/or local governments can participate in PM Advance if they meet the basic program eligibility criteria:
- The area(s) with respect to which the state, tribe, and/or local government is signing up is/are not designated nonattainment for either the 1997 or 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS and/or the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.
- The state, tribe, and/or local government must generally identify the area(s) with respect to which they are signing up.
- Where possible, states, tribes, and/or local governments should identify and be able to report on the air monitor(s) that reflect the air quality in the area(s).
- Required emissions inventory reporting must have occurred prior to participation in PM Advance.
Maintenance Areas: Areas that have been redesignated to attainment for the 1997 or 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS and/or the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, and that have an approved maintenance plan may participate in PM Advance. These areas must implement their maintenance plans as approved. Participation in PM Advance would not relieve any area from any requirements to which they are otherwise subject under the Act or EPA’s regulations. Measures and programs undertaken as part of PM Advance would be in addition to those included in the approved SIP, and could provide the area with a buffer against future violations.
Nonattainment Areas That Are Currently Attaining: An area that is designated nonattainment for the 1997 or 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS and/or the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, but that is currently attaining the PM2.5 NAAQS may not sign up for PM Advance until the area has been redesignated attainment with an approved maintenance plan. However, early progress can still be made. If a state has submitted a maintenance plan to EPA, then pending EPA approval of the plan EPA could consult with you and provide some level of assistance. Full participation in PM Advance would not occur until the area has been redesignated attainment with an approved maintenance plan, and has met the other program eligibility criteria.
Please contact Laura Bunte, EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, at (919) 541-0889 or ADVANCE@epa.gov if you have questions about eligibility.