Ozone Draft Policy Assessment Released

The EPA has released the draft Policy Assessment (PA) regarding their review of the Ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This draft document was prepared as part of the current review of the NAAQS for photochemical oxidants including ozone. The PA, when final, serves to “bridge the gap” between the currently available scientific and technical information and the judgments required of the Administrator in determining whether to retain or revise the existing O3 NAAQS. The primary and secondary O3 NAAQS are set to protect the public health and the public welfare from O3 and other photochemical oxidants in ambient air.

Availability of the draft PA was announced in the November 1, 2019 Federal Register (FR): https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2019-11-01/pdf/2019-23888.pdf. The FR includes instructions on how to submit your comments regarding the draft PA. Comments regarding the draft PA should be received on or before December 16, 2019.

The draft PA can be accessed from this link: https://www.epa.gov/naaqs/ozone-o3-standards-policy-assessments-current-review.

BTS Pocket Guide to Transportation (2016 Edition)

The BTS Pocket Guide to Transportation has been published for 2016, attached is the latest version (and the web-link to the source document).  The brochure, prepared annually, provides vital transportation, air quality, and freight-related statistics for the U.S. and is a good source of information for the transport sector.

The PDF brochure is available below:

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/Pocket%20Guide%202016.pdf

FHWA: Air Quality and Climate Change Highlights—August-September 2015 Issue

The August-September 2015 Highlights provides the latest news and information on transportation related air quality and climate change activities, including information on transportation conformity, sustainability, and other related activities.

Items of interest in this issue include:

  • The newly posted FAQs that provide technical assistance on how FHWA recommends project sponsors use MOVES for NEPA MSAT quantitative analysis
  • The U.S. EPA proposed 2008 Ozone Rule Making for Marginal Areas
  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx Comments on Administration’s climate change resilience efforts

Air Quality and Climate Change Highlights—August-September 2015 Issue (PDF)