EPA announces final decisions on review of the Particulate Matter standards

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) review of the air quality criteria and the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM), the Administrator has reached final decisions on the primary and secondary PM NAAQS. With regard to the primary standards meant to protect against fine particle exposures (i.e., annual and 24-hour PM2.5 standards), the primary standard meant to protect against coarse particle exposures (i.e., 24-hour PM10 standard), and the secondary PM2.5 and PM10 standards, the EPA is retaining the current standards, without revision.

The final decision was signed on December 4, 2020.

A link to the pre-publication manuscript: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-12/documents/frl-10018-11_12_4_2020_admin.pdf

We do not yet have a publication date, but will do our best to keep you posted on that. We also invite you to check the Federal Register public inspection site – this link shows what will publish in today’s Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/current

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights

FHWA Air Quality and Sustainable Transport Highlights Sept-Oct 2020

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 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) Scenario Development Research Project Report
  • EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality posted the latest version of the MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator, MOVES3.

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

MOVES3 Public Webinar, 3pm EST, December 8

Please join EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality for a webinar introducing the latest version of the Motor Vehicle Emission Simulator, MOVES3.  This state-of-the-science upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools replaces the MOVES2014 series of models as EPA’s latest model for estimating air pollution emissions from cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses, as well as many categories of nonroad equipment.

Date:  Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Time:  3 pm Eastern
Duration:  1 hour

<<Join MOVES3 Public Webinar>>

Use the link to attend;  there is no phone number associated with this webinar.

In addition, see the MOVES web page (https://www.epa.gov/moves) for MOVES3 software, a detailed “Question and Answer” document, MOVES Policy Guidance, MOVES Technical Guidance, technical reports that document the data and algorithms used in MOVES3, tools for use with MOVES, and information on MOVES training.

MOVES3 Posted on EPA Website

EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is pleased to announce the web posting of the latest version of the MOtor Vehicle Emission Simulator, MOVES3.  This state-of-the-science upgrade to EPA’s modeling tools replaces the MOVES2014 series of models as EPA’s latest model for estimating air pollution emissions from cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses, as well as many categories of nonroad equipment.  Compared to the previous MOVES2014 modeling tool, MOVES3 allows users to model the benefits from new regulations promulgated since MOVES2014 was released, incorporates the latest vehicle and emissions data, and has improved functionality.  EPA will be publishing a Federal Register notice to announce the availability of MOVES3 for official purposes.

The MOVES web page (https://www.epa.gov/moves) is the source for MOVES3 software as well as a detailed “Question and Answer” document, MOVES Policy Guidance, MOVES Technical Guidance, technical reports that document the data and algorithms used in MOVES3, tools for use with MOVES, and information on MOVES training.