Division of Minerals
Commission on Mineral Resources
Division of Forestry
State Health Board
Division of Water Resources
Jim Barbee, Director
Agriculture - Reno
Kenneth Mayer, Director
Dept. of Wildlife
Rose Marie Reynolds
Deputy Attorney General
John B. Walker
SEC Regulatory Meeting 02/13/2013
The State Environmental Commission (SEC) conducted a meeting on Wednesday February 13, 2013 at 10:30 am in Carson City.
The meeting location was in Carson City at the Bryan Building located at 901 South Stewart Street (2nd floor, Tahoe Room).
1) Public Comments: Members of the public are invited to speak before the SEC; however, no action may be taken on a matter during public comment until the matter itself had been included on an agenda as an item for possible action. Public comment will be limited to ten minutes per person at the discretion of the chairperson. (For Discussion)
2) Approval of the Agenda: Agenda (For Possible Action)
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles:
6) R052-12: DMV Smog Check Program: (For Possible Action)
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is proposing to amend certain portions of state regulations in NAC 445B that cover the motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program, also referred to as the smog check program. Assembly Bill 414 was passed by the 2009 Nevada Legislature and resulted in (NRS) 445B.767, which established the authority of the State Environmental Commission (SEC) to adopt regulations to create a voluntary program of electronic monitoring of motor vehicle emissions information. The program applies to motor vehicles subject to the motor vehicle emissions inspection and maintenance program in counties whose population is 100,000 or more. In accordance with NRS 445B.767, the proposed regulations have been developed by the DMV in cooperation with the air quality agencies in both Clark and Washoe County.
The DMV is proposing to create a new, voluntary program which will allow fleets to comply with motor vehicle emissions testing requirements by means of engaging the services of an authorized vendor of an electronic data management and monitoring system. Under this program, vendors will attach electronic devices to fleet vehicles that will monitor the vehicles' emission control systems and transmit emissions compliance data directly to the DMV in an electronic format. This electronic means of demonstrating compliance eliminates the need for the fleet owner to take the vehicle to an emissions testing facility for the annual emissions test. By statute, the fleet owner is still responsible for paying the $6.00 emissions certificate fee that would normally be charged at an emissions testing facility. The proposed regulations establish the requirements and procedures that fleet operators and authorized vendors must follow to participate in the program.
This regulation will not have an immediate or long-term adverse economic impact on the public or the business community. As noted above, businesses that qualify as a fleet and sign an agreement with the DMV will still be subject to paying the annual $6.00 emissions certificate fee for each vehicle in the program, but will not have to pay the inspection service fee normally charged by an emissions testing station. Fleets will also have to pay the electronic data management service fee to the authorized vendor. There will be no additional costs to the State for enforcement of the proposed regulation and the regulation does not overlap, duplicate or conflict with any regulations of other government agencies. The regulation does not address fees.
7) Administrator's Briefing to the Commission: NDEP Administrator Colleen Cripps will provide a short briefing to the Commission about upcoming budget and legislative issues. (For Discussion)
8) Public Comment (For Discussion) Members of the public will be invited to speak before the SEC; however, no action may be taken on a matter during public comment until the matter itself has been included on an agenda as an item for possible action. Public comment may be limited to ten minutes per person at the discretion of the chairperson. (See Nevada Open Meeting Law Manual - Page 58 and 81)
Persons wishing to comment on the proposed actions of the State Environmental Commission (SEC) may appear at the scheduled public hearing or may address their comments, data, views, or arguments in written form to: State Environmental Commission, 901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249. The SEC must receive written submissions at least five days before the scheduled public hearing.
If no person who is directly affected by the proposed action appears to request time to make an oral presentation, the SEC may proceed immediately to act upon any written submissions.
Members of the public can inspect copies of the regulations to be adopted at the State Library and Archives in Carson City (100 Stewart Street), and at the offices of the Division of Environmental Protection in Carson City and Las Vegas. The Carson City office is located at 901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001 and the Las Vegas office is located at 2030 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 230.
As required by the provisions of chapters 233B and 241 of Nevada Revised Statutes, the public notice for this meeting was posted at the following locations: the Bryan Building (901 South Stewart Street, Carson City, Nevada); the offices of the Division of Environmental Protection in Las Vegas (2030 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 230), the Nevada Division of Minerals, 400 W. King Street, Carson City, NV and at the Nevada Department of Wildlife (1100 Valley Road, Reno, Nevada).
In addition, copies of this notice have been deposited electronically at major library branches in each county in Nevada. This notice and the text of the proposed regulations are also available on the State Environmental Commission's website at: SEC.NV.GOV. All of the proposed regulations denoted in this notice, including previous drafts, are or will be posted on the Legislative Counsel Bureau's website.
Members of the public who are disabled and require special accommodations or assistance at the meeting are requested to notify, in writing, the Nevada State Environmental Commission, in care of John B. Walker, Executive Secretary, 901 South Stewart Street, Suite 4001, Carson City, Nevada 89701-5249, facsimile (775) 687-5856, or by calling (775) 687-9308, no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 5th, 2013.
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