The Air Pollution Control Division collaborates with communities and air quality agencies to develop information regarding air toxics as well as to control emissions and exposures. Division staff meet with community groups to help resolve air quality concerns in specific regions of the state. The division supports and encourages broad-based community efforts such as:
Such efforts help to improve Colorado's air quality. Pollution from individual motor vehicles has been reduced dramatically in Colorado since the 1970s when federal vehicle emissions standards were implemented. New cars emit less than one-tenth of the pollutants that cars from the mid-1970s were allowed to emit. Stationary source facilities that emit air toxics must pay fees and comply with limits for their emissions under Colorado Air Quality Control Commission Regulation Number 8.
The future holds the potential for greater reductions in air pollution as new technologies and new air pollution control strategies are developed. However, as Colorado's population continues to grow, the use of energy, commodities and motor vehicles may increase, thus posing long-term air quality challenges.