Transportation Conformity ensures that transportation plans, programs and projects do not produce new air-quality violations, worsen existing violations or delay timely attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
The ADOT Air Quality Team is responsible for implementing and developing the statutory and regulatory requirements for conformity state implementation plans (conformity SIPs). A conformity SIP includes a state's specific criteria and procedures for certain aspects of the transportation conformity process. Clean Air Act section 176(c) is the statutory authority for transportation conformity (42 U.S.C. 7506(c)). The regulations that explain the requirements for a conformity SIP are found at 40 CFR 51.390, which was updated Jan. 24, 2008 (73 FR 4420).
Isolated Rural Area Conformity Documents
ADOT is currently developing a regional conformity analysis in support of the State Route 189 Study: International Border to Grand Avenue project under current study. This project is in Nogales, which is in nonattainment for the Federal standard for particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) and for the particulate matter less than or equal to 10 microns in diameter (PM10).
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transportation conformity regulations requires certain projects in nonattainment areas to engage in interagency consultation and complete PM2.5/PM10 analyses as part of the project-level conformity determination process. In rural areas, interagency consultation on regional and project level conformity required for federal funded transportation projects is conducted through the ADOT’s Environmental Planning Air Quality staff. ADOT submitted a Project of Air Quality Concern Questionnaire for PM2.5 and PM10 Interagency Consultation in December 2016 and held two Interagency Consultation Meetings on February 22nd, and May 25th 2016. It was determined through consultation that the project does not fit the description of a project of air quality concern regarding PM2.5 and PM10 as defined in 40 CFR 93.123(b)(1), this process is described here.
Transportation Conformity also requires that FHWA/FTA projects in PM10 and PM2.5 nonattainment and maintenance areas demonstrate that during the time frame of the transportation plan no new local violations will be created and the severity or number of existing violations will not be increased as a result of the project, and the project has been included in a regional emissions analysis that meets applicable §§ 93.118 and/or 93.119 requirements. The demonstration must be performed according to the consultation requirements of § 93.105(c)(1)(i) and the methodology requirements of § 93.123.
ADOT is providing the draft Arizona Department of Transportation Air Quality Regional Conformity Analysis Nogales Nonattainment Area document for review and comment for the project level analysis of the Environmental Assessment process as identified on the SR 189 project website. Comments will be requested through May 22nd , 2017 by clicking the Contact tab above and selecting Air Quality as the issue under the contact information or by emailing [email protected].
Prior Draft Documents include:
Suggested Draft Template for Use in Regional Conformity Analysis (pdf)
Regional Conformity Analysis Methods and Assumptions (revised 03/08/17)