Would the re-designation to national park lead to more strict air regulations?

No. All national parks created before 1977 were designated class 1 areas to preserve and protect air quality. Since 1977, all national parks have been designated class 2 areas. The Colorado National Monument has been and is currently designated, a less restrictive class 2 area. The designation to national park status would in no way serve as a trigger for the federal government to re-designate this federal resource to a class 1 air quality area. The National Park Service has determined the area within this specific national resource does not and cannot qualify for the more strict designation of Class 1. This fact would be spelled out within any legislation proposing re-designation from national monument to national park. In addition, no monument or park designated as a Class 2 area after 1977 has ever had the air quality class altered or strengthened to a Class 1. That said, it should be noted state and local officials recently identified a decline in general air quality in the Grand Valley as an issue that must be addressed (regardless of whether our national resource is kept a monument or re-designated as a national park). That issue is distinctly separate from creating a national park and entirely beyond the control and/or scope of our Citizens group.

Find more information on air quality at the Colorado National Monument Association’s website. http://www.coloradonma.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/National-Park-Questions-for-CNM-2.11.pdf

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