The Environmental Committee follows federal and state environmental regulatory developments and advances in pollution control technology. Its mission is to inform the Board of Directors and members of environmental developments that may impact the energy industry, represent NECA in environmentally-related proceedings and hearings and, when appropriate, submit formal comments pertaining to the development of environmentally-related proposals, regulations and policies. Most recently the committee has been tracking the implications of proposed greenhouse gas policies and regulations in several states, the implementation of new ambient standards for fine particulate matter, and developments in regulations and policies at the both the federal and state level regarding distributed generation resources, biomass energy projects, the Boiler MACT rule, the Clean Air Interstate Rule, and the Clean Water Act. The Committee hosts monthly meetings with presentations by industry professionals on current topics and projects. Committee members are actively involved with regulatory workgroups in several states.