FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights: May/June, 2021

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights: May/June, 2021

The purpose of this message is to inform you that the latest issue of the FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights is now available.

The Highlights provide the latest news and information on transportation related air quality and sustainability activities, including information on transportation conformity, resiliency, and other related activities.

Items of interest in this issue include:

  • FHWA Releases the Database for Air Quality and Noise Analysis (DANA) Tool and the Traffic Noise Model Aide (TNMAide) Spreadsheet
  • NCHRP Releases Guide to Mainstreaming Resilience into Transportation Agencies

Past issues of the Air Quality and Conformity Highlights are available at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/air_quality/conformity/highlights/

Past issues of the Sustainable Transport Newsletter are available at: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/sustainability/newsletter/index.cfm

EPA Science Advisory Board requests public nominations of scientific experts for the CASAC PM Panel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts for the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) PM Panel. This panel will provide advice through the chartered CASAC on updates to the science and policy assessments supporting the agency’s reconsideration of the December 2020 decision to retain the PM National Ambient Air Quality Standards. Nominations should be submitted by July 16, 2021.

More information is available in today’s Federal Register: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-06-25/pdf/2021-13498.pdf

Introduction to MOSERS Training

The Introduction to MOSERS training has been scheduled for Thursday, July 8, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please feel free to share this webinar information with your colleagues and partner organizations that may be interested.
The webinar will be held via Microsoft Teams:
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+1 512-333-4990,,186471536# United States, Austin
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Introduction to Texas Guide to Accepted Mobile Source Emission Reduction Strategies (MOSERS)
This 2-hour webinar will provide an introduction to the MOSERS Guidebook, equations, and spreadsheet tool; and includes a hands-on demonstration of calculating emissions benefits using the MOSERS spreadsheet tool and equations. The webinar will focus on the following topics:
  •   Background – Mobile Source Emission Reduction Strategies
  • Overview of MOSERS Guide
    • History
    • Components
    • Applications & Documentation
  • Overview of Emission Benefits Estimation
  • Hands-on Exercises
    • MOSERS Equations
    • MOSERS Spreadsheet Tool

Beta Release of EPA’s Marine Emissions Tools

Today EPA is releasing a beta version of Marine Emissions Tools, a set of R packages designed to calculate emissions from Category 3 commercial marine vessels (CMVs), such as tankers and general cargo ships, in a manner consistent with EPA’s regulations and Port Emissions Inventory Guidance. Emissions from CMVs are a critical input to developing comprehensive emissions inventories for ports. This updated toolset will improve the accuracy of emissions estimates from CMVs and make it easier for stakeholders to develop inventories in a manner consistent with EPA guidance. The beta versions released today may be used to develop inventories to meet regulatory requirements, as well as for voluntary and research purposes. EPA is requesting stakeholder feedback through September 30, 2021.

EPA’s Marine Emissions Tools can be downloaded from https://www.epa.gov/moves/emissions-models-and-other-methods-produce-emission-inventories or installed directly from GitHub. Questions and other feedback regarding this beta toolset can be posted as issues on the Marine Emissions Tools GitHub page. 

El Paso 2015 Ozone Notification of Availability

On Monday, June 14, 2021, EPA published Intended Air Quality Designations for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Response to the July 10, 2020, Court Decision Addressing El Paso, Texas and Weld County, Colorado: Notification of Availability and Public Comment Period in the Federal Register, starting a 30-day public comment period on EPA’s intended 2015 ozone NAAQS designations for El Paso County, Texas and Weld County, Colorado. Comments must be received on or before July 14, 2021: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2021-06-14/pdf/2021-11456.pdf