The Southern Ute Indian Tribe is considering a plan to regulate minor sources of air pollution on the reservation, officials said Thursday.
Sources that could fall into this category include small compressor engines, pump-jack engines, electric generating engines, rock crushers and gas stations. Excluded would be combustion engines used for landscaping, heating and air-conditioning units used for comfort, and mobile sources, such as vehicles.
The draft program, which would require designated minor sources to obtain a permit and could impose emissions limits and controls, is scheduled to go before the Tribal Council on Monday.
The plan was discussed in a meeting between La Plata County commissioners and a joint tribal-state environmental commission.
If the Tribal Council gives its approval, the program will go to the joint commission and later would be available for public review and comment.
Late last year, the joint commission approved the tribe's code for regulating major sources of air pollution within the reservation. The tribe at the time expressed its intention to expand the program to include minor sources, as well.