The Market Trading Forum (MTF) was charged with implementing the stationary source requirements in the 1996 Grand Canyon Visibility Transport Commission recommendations. These recommendations required the establishment of regional sulfur dioxide (SO2) milestones that would be met through voluntary measures, retirement of older sources over time, and the implementation of other Clean Air Act requirements. The milestones established a goal to significantly reduce SO2 emissions from large industrial sources through the year 2018. If regional emissions exceed the milestones, then a backstop emission trading program would be implemented to ensure that the environmental goals were met. more...
The Market Trading Forum (MTF) was replaced in January 2004 with the Stationary Sources Joint Forum (SSJF). Responsibility for tracking and coordinating the implementation of the sulfur dioxide (SO2) backstop trading program has been transferred to the 309 Coordinating Committee.
- Western Backstop SO2 Trading Program Model Rule (08/13/03) PDF
- Western Backstop SO2 Trading Program Model Rule Supplement (08/13/03) PDF
- Market Trading Programs Fact Sheet PDF
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