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Legislation #: 990827 Introduction Date: 6/10/1999
Type: Resolution Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER FORD
Title: Urging the Governor of the State of Missouri opt into the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program (RFG).

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
6/10/1999

Referred Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee

6/16/1999

Hold On Agenda

6/10/1999

Referred Planning, Zoning & Economic Development Committee

6/30/1999

Hold Off Agenda

7/12/2000

Released


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RESOLUTION NO. 990827

 

Urging the Governor of the State of Missouri opt into the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program (RFG).

 

WHEREAS, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency found an excessive number of ozone level violations in 1995 and 1997 in the Kansas City metropolitan area air shed, leading to possible revocation of the regions attainment status; and

 

WHEREAS, obtaining necessary federal approval of the regions Long Range Transportation Plan has made urgent the need to implement the Reformulated Gasoline Program (RFG) strategy. Without the emission reduction benefits of RFG, the regions transportation plan will not comply with the Kansas and Missouri state air quality plans; and

 

WHEREAS, if the regional transportation plan does not comply with the state air quality plan, all current and future roadway capacity projects will be jeopardized, including construction of the new Chouteau Bridge, Maple Woods Parkway, North Oak Trafficway, Barry Road and North Brighton improvements; and

 

WHEREAS, RFG is an inexpensive solution relative to the amount of pollution prevention, costing consumers an additional two to five cents more per gallon while eliminating 18 1/2 tons of air pollutants per day; and

 

WHEREAS, the use of reformulated gas has proven to be a more effective and less disruptive tool in the prevention of air pollution than implementing automobile emission inspection programs or vapor recovery systems at gasoline pumps, and has been adopted through a significant community process as the most appropriate strategy for our region; and

 

WHEREAS, almost 30 percent of the air pollution in the metropolitan Kansas City area can be attributed directly to automobile emission; and

 

WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency has indicated that it will allow for approval of the areas transportation plan, not interrupting federal highway funds and development, if Missouri and Kansas participate in the RFG program; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Council urges Governor Carnahan to opt into the Federal Reformulated Gasoline Program; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this Resolution be furnished to Governor Carnahan by the City Clerk.

 

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