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AQCC passes stronger clean air rules for Colo.

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Members of Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission listen to public testimony as they take up new regulations for the state's oil and gas industry.

DENVER — The Colorado Air Quality Control Commissions passed stricter clean air rules Sunday.

According to a release from Conservation Colorado, AQCC’s new protections, which passed Sunday, were proposed in response to leaks from oil and gas operations.

The new rules include efforts to regulate methane pollution, a potent greenhouse gas known to cause climate change, and stronger inspection and leak detection tactics to decrease the pollutants that create smog, said Conservation Colorado.

The passage of these measures made Colorado the first state in the nation to regulate methane emissions.