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LARIMER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY BOARD (EAB)

†MEETING MINUTES

March 11, 2009

 

 

Members In Attendance:

 

Guests:

David Gilkey

Devin Odell

Bob Boggio, Colo. Assoc. for Recycling

Jennifer Lee

Heidi Steltzer

 

Dale Lockwood

Sherm Worthington

Staff:

Todd McCowin

 

Doug Ryan

Vic Meyer

 

 

 

Introduction of Members and Guests:

Those in attendance introduced themselves.†

 

Citizen Comments:

Bob Boggio, Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling, indicted that he would be interested in appearing on the Advisory Board agenda for a future meeting to speak about some recycling concerns.†† Doug Ryan indicted that agenda items can come to the EAB from the Commissioners, the departments, or the members themselves.† Mr. Boggio indicted that he will send an email to the EAB outlining what he would like to present for consideration by the members.†

 

Discussion Items:

North I-25 EIS.† Members continued their discussion from the February meeting about the North I-25 EIS and its implications for transportation within the region.† The topics included a review of the draft findings to date, the relative differences between the two build alternatives (decision packages A and B), the degree to which both alternatives would have lasting land use and transportation impacts within the region, and the role that leadership from elected officials may have regarding funding and the ultimate selection of the preferred alternative.†

 

Each of the action alternatives has been designed to meet the purpose and need for regional transportation within the I-25 corridor through 2030.† Analysis of many of the environmental indicators has shown that the expected impacts are roughly equivalent.† For example, the preliminary air quality findings indicated that under both alternatives, no exceedances of air quality standards are expected based on mobile source emissions.† The report does note that in areas of transit oriented development, air quality could improve due to more efficient travel patterns.† Impacts for noise, water resources, wetlands, wildlife, historic preservation, and loss of agricultural lands are similar for both alternatives.†

 

The main difference in the preliminary findings appears to relate to future land use in the region.† Under package A, commuter rail would shift growth towards urban centers.† Under package B, bus rapid transit along I-25 would provide less incentive for transit oriented development and market-driven growth would continue to be focused along 1-25.† Members felt that based on the preliminary findings, the implications for land use in the region may be one of the key criteria for selecting the preferred alternative.†

 

When the draft EIS is released in the summer of 2008, it will not identify the preferred alternative.† That step will come at a later date after the effected parties have provided their comments and ideas regarding potential impacts and funding.† The Advisory Board talked about the importance of leadership for coordinating between the many jurisdictions that will be impacted, and for consensus building in order to ensure a final decision that best meets the transportation needs and land use vision for the region.† The EAB also noted that they are interested in continuing their evaluation of the EIS process, and want to be available to consult with the County Commissioners regarding the technical review of the draft EIS.

 

Devin Odell moved, and Dave Gilkey seconded a motion to prepare a memo for final review by the EAB to the County Commissioners supporting a leadership role for the Commissioners regarding collaboration on selecting the final alternative.†

 

Ozone Air Quality.† Doug Ryan provided an update on planning for ozone compliance in the region.† A power point presentation that was developed by the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) staff was used with permission for the update.† The overall planning process includes a large group of stakeholders, and is coordinated by the RAQC, the North Front Range MPO, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.† Elements outlined for the EAB included short-term reduction measures for the summer of 2008, preparation of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) for submittal to the U.S. EPA for regulatory compliance with the current 8-hour ozone standard, and the anticipated adoption of a new more stringent ozone standard scheduled to occur on March 12, 2008.† The ultimate selection for air emission control strategies for the SIP will be evaluated based on computer air dispersion modeling.† A wide variety of potential strategies related to mobile source reductions, stationary sources, oil and gas sources, and transportation measures are being evaluated.† The timeline for the SIP calls for air quality modeling and selection of control strategies to be completed by the end of August, and for the Air Quality Control Commission to hold hearings and adopt the SIP and supporting regulations by December.† Approval by the state legislature would be follow in early 2009.† The deadline for submitted the approved SIP to the EPA is July 1, 2009.

 

Chairís Comments:

Dale Lockwood provided an update on the uranium meeting that was hosted by the County Commissioners on February 25.† The meeting was held in response to citizen interest and concern regarding the proposed Centennial Project in-situ uranium mine in northeast Weld County.† Formal presentations we given by the Power Tech Uranium Corporation, Citizens Against Resource Destruction (CARD), and about 25 citizens.† A number of people on both sides of the issue mentioned the EAB report when giving their remarks.† The meeting concluded with a statement by the County Commissioners that they intend to further address this issue in the form of a resolution at some time in the near future.†

 

Updates:

Doug Ryan reported that he presented the EAB report on uranium to the County Board of Health on February 14.† The Board indicted that they found the report to be very useful and well-prepared.

 

Dave Gilkey distributed a brochure about the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center.† The center is one of 17 funded by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.† Five institutions, including Colorado State University, are participating in this program to provide graduate training in ergonomics, health physics and radiation, industrial hygiene, occupational health psychology, and occupational medicine residency.† Grant funding is available for some participants, with more information available at: www.coloradosph.org/maperc/.

 

Doug Ryan noted that the EABís uranium report and 2007 annual report have been added as links on the EAB page on the County website: http://www.larimer.org/boards/brd_info.cfm?board=5.

 

Approval of February Minutes:

Minutes from the February 2008 meeting were approved as corrected.

 

EAB Issue Index:

Doug Ryan will update the Issue Index related to the topics discussed at the meeting

 

April Meeting Agenda:

North I-25 EIS

 

Adjourn:

The meeting ended at 7:45 pm.†

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