H.B. 121





Chief Sponsor: Rebecca P. Edwards

Senate Sponsor: Todd Weiler

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies the rulemaking authority of the Division of Air Quality.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    authorizes the Division of Air Quality to create rules that are more stringent than
             13      corresponding federal regulations if additional regulations will provide added
             14      protections to public health and the environment; and
             15          .    makes technical changes.
             16      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22           19-2-106 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 1991, Chapter 112
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 19-2-106 is amended to read:
             26           19-2-106. Rulemaking authority and procedure.
             27          (1) [Except as provided in Subsection (2), no rule which the] In carrying out the duties

             28      of Section 19-2-104 , the board [makes] may make rules for the purpose of administering a
             29      program under the federal Clean Air Act [may be] more stringent than the corresponding
             30      federal regulations which address the same circumstances[.] if:
             31          (a) the board holds a public comment period, as described in Title 63G, Chapter 3,
             32      Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, and a public hearing; and
             33          (b) the board finds that the more stringent rule will provide essential added protections
             34      to public health or the environment of the state or a particular region of the state.
             35          (2) The findings described in Subsection (1)(b) shall:
             36          (a) be in writing; and
             37          (b) refer to the evidence, studies, or other information contained in the record that
             38      forms the basis for the board's decision.
             39          (3) In making rules, the board may incorporate by reference corresponding federal
             40      regulations.
             41          [(2) The board may make rules more stringent than corresponding federal regulations
             42      for the purpose described in Subsection (1), only if it makes a written finding after public
             43      comment and hearing and based on evidence in the record, that corresponding federal
             44      regulations are not adequate to protect public health and the environment of the state. Those
             45      findings shall be accompanied by an opinion referring to and evaluating the public health and
             46      environmental information and studies contained in the record which form the basis for the
             47      board's conclusion.]

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-7-14 3:27 PM

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