Shortchanging the Clean Air Act

State agencies are responsible for most of the day to day work required under the federal Clean Air Act, such as monitoring emissions, developing air quality plants, and writing and enforcing permits for major sources of air pollution. To ensure that resources are available for these tasks, the law requires states to collect emission fees from the largest polluters.

Unfortunately , the fees assessed by many states fall well below the minimum standards, meaning states may be losing millions in revenue for Clean Air Act programs every year.