Air Quality Conformity
The State of Connecticut and each of the state's planning regions is required to demonstrate that transportation programs and long range transportation plans do not violate the federal Clean Air Act of 1990 (1990 CAAA). The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) performs transportation and air quality modeling for the entire state. CTDOT's compliance assessment has determined that all elements of CTDOT's transportation program and the regional long range transportation plans conform to applicable State Implementation Plan and 1990 CAAA Conformity Guidance criteria as well as the revised transportation conformity budgets approved by U.S. EPA effective February 4, 2004. Links to the latest CTDOT Air Quality Conformity Report and the South Western Region MPO's Air Quality Conformity Statement are provided.
CTDOT Air Quality Conformity
CTDOT has updated the Air Quality Conformity reports for Ozone and PM2.5, originally dated January 2011 and revised August 2013, for inclusion in the 2011 Regional Transportation Plan and the 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Amendments.
The emissions analysis demonstrated conformity for the Connecticut portion of the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut non-attainment area for both Ozone and PM2.5. Results indicated that the projects and recommendations included in the plan will assist with improving air quality in the non-attainment area and move towards meeting all NAAQS.
Two public information sessions will be held. The first will be a 10:00 a.m. on September 11, 2013 at Darien Town Hall, 2 Renshaw Road, Darien, CT, as part of the South Western Region Transportation Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) meeting. The second will be on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. and will be held at the SWRPA offices in the Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., Third Floor Conference Room, in Stamford, CT. South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization action on Ozone and PM 2.5 conformity is scheduled for September 26, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Norwalk Transit District, located at 275 Wilson Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06854. The media release and revised Conformity Determinations can be found below:
Comments may be submitted through Friday, September 20, 2013 and submitted to Rob Sachnin at Sachnin@swrpa.org, or 203-316-5190 x15. Questions related to CTDOT Air Quality Conformity Evaluations should be directed to Judy Raymond, whose contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
Air Quality Conformity Findings:
On July 10, 2013, FHWA and FTA issued a positive conformity determination of continued air quality conformity with respect to the new 2008 8-hour Ozone NAAQS of Connecticut's 2011 Regional Transportation Plans and FFY 2012-2015 TIPs.
Air Quality Conformity Interagency Consultation Process
Air Quality Conformity Interagency Consultation Process (1.3Mb)
Conformity Reports and information on Public Information Sessions can also be found on the Long Range Transportation Plan Web Page
Questions or comments may be directed to:
Judy Raymond, CTDOT Transportation Supervising Planner.
Phone: (860) 594-2032