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The Clean Air Act (CAA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Federal-Aid Highways Code regulate the potential effects caused by proposed transportation projects on air quality in Texas.

Use the following tools to document project-level compliance with laws, regulations and guidance.

Questions? Contact the Air Quality Section of the Environmental Affairs Division at (512) 416-2659.

You may download the software (Tools and Plug-Ins) needed to access forms or view frequently asked questions (Online Forms FAQs).

General Tools
Conformity
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis
Hot-Spot Analysis
Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT)
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Traffic Air Quality Analysis (TAQA)
Congestion Management Process (CMP)
Construction Emissions
Additional Resources

Date General Tools
Description Format
07/14 Air Quality Compliance Process Outlines the steps to comply with the CAA, NEPA and the Federal-Aid Highways Code in regards to potential project effects on air quality
01/16 Environmental Handbook for Air Quality Outlines the steps to comply with the CAA, NEPA and the Federal-Aid Highways Code in regards to potential project effects on air quality
08/15 Standard Operating Procedure for Preparing Air Quality Statements Contains the applicable finding and negative declaration statements for documenting air quality compliance with applicable laws, regulations and guidance
02/16 Detailed Steps in Texas ECOS for Air Quality Contains step-by-step instructions on how to track and document Air Quality project data in the Texas Environmental Compliance Oversight System (ECOS).

 

Date Conformity
Description Format
10/15 Standard Operating Procedure for Complying with Conformity Requirements Explains how to prepare and coordinate a conformity report
02/14 Review Standard for a Conformity Report Verifies that a project-level conformity report meets requirements
11/15 Transportation Conformity Report Form Used to prepare the conformity report
06/16 Useful Information: General Conformity De Minimis and Analysis Emission Rate Lookup Table (ERLT) Information on the use and development of the ERLT for General De Minimis
06/16 ERLT for General Conformity Provides tabular emission rates for criteria pollutants.
09/15 Texas Air Quality Nonattainment or Attainment-Maintenance Areas and Counties – Sept. 14, 2015 Provides tabular information on nonattainment/maintenance counties and transportation plan conformity dates

 

Date Greenhouse Gas Emissions Analysis Description Format
06/16 Useful Information:
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Analysis Emission Rate Lookup Table (ERLT)
Information on the use and development of the ERLT for CO2 analysis
06/16 ERLT for CO2 Provides tabular emission rates for criteria pollutants.

 

Date Hot-Spot Analysis Description Format
02/14 Standard Operating Procedure for Complying with Hot-Spot Requirements Explains when and how to prepare and coordinate a hot-spot analysis technical report
02/14 Review Standard for a Hot-Spot Analysis Technical Report Verifies that a Hot-Spot Analysis report meets requirements
02/14 Documentation Standard for a Hot-Spot Analysis Technical Report Lists the required sections and components of a Hot-Spot Analysis Technical Report
02/14 Hot-Spot Pre-Analysis Consensus Form After an air quality concern has been identified, the project sponsor provides this form to the consultation partners during the initial conference call. The consultation partners use the data to decide whether the methodology and input parameters are appropriate.
02/14 Hot-Spot Analysis Data for a Consultation Partner After a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) schedules a conference call, the project sponsor completes and sends this form to partners to determine whether the proposed project is "of air quality concern"

 

Date Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) Description Format
11/15 Standard Operating Procedure: Complying with MASAT Analysis Requirements Assists project sponsors comply with NEPA and EPA requirements in regards to mobile source air toxics (MSAT) emissions at the project level.
02/14 Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) Analysis Quick-Start Guide Provides an overview of the quantitative MSAT emissions analysis process, cross-references to FHWA MSAT workshop material and outlines the analysis steps
  The Missing MSAT – Diesel Particulate Matter Provides FHWA guidance on adding diesel particulate matter (PM) to the MSAT analysis for MOBILE6.2
06/16 Useful Information: Mobile Source Air Toxics (MSAT) Emission Rate Look-up Tables (ERLT) Information on the use and development of the ERLT for the quantitative MSAT analysis
06/16 ERLT for MSAT Provides tabular emission rates for criteria pollutants.
09/14 Documentation Standard for Quantitative MSAT Technical Report Used to prepare a quantitative MSAT technical report for TxDOT projects
09/15 Review Standard for Quantitative MSAT Technical Report Used by TxDOT to review a quantitative MSAT technical report for TxDOT projects

 

Date Carbon Monoxide (CO) Traffic Air Quality Analysis (TAQA) Description Format
09/15 Standard Operating Procedure for Complying with CO TAQA Requirements Explains how to comply with CO TAQA requirements at the project-level and assists project sponsors determine when and how to prepare and coordinate a CO TAQA technical report
06/16 Useful Information: Carbon Monoxide (CO) Traffic Air Quality Analysis (TAQA) Emission Rate Look-up Tables (ERLT) Information on the use and development of the ERLT for TAQA
06/16 ERLT for TAQA Provides tabular emission rates for criteria pollutants
09/15 Documentation Standard for a CO TAQA Technical Report Used to prepare a CO TAQA technical report
09/15 Review Standard for CO TAQA Technical Report Used by TxDOT to review a CO TAQA technical report for TxDOT projects

 

Date Congestion Management Process (CMP) Description Format
09/15 Standard Operating Procedure for Complying with CMP Requirements Used to assist project sponsors in documenting compliance with CMP requirements at the project level

 

Date Construction Emissions Description Format
09/15 Standard Operating Procedure for Complying with Construction Emission Requirements Provides project sponsors a clear explanation for how to comply with air quality construction emission requirements

 

Date Additional Resources Description Format
  Aviation Emissions and Air Quality Handbook Explains Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air quality guidelines and procedures for projects involving civilian airports and air force bases when FAA is the lead federal agency
  Determining Conformity of Federal Actions to State or Federal Implementation Plans (40 CFR 93) EPA-administered code implementing Section 176(c) of the CAA (42 USC 7401) and the related requirements of 23 USC 109(j) and establishing policy, criteria and procedures to demonstrate and ensure project conformity with an implementation plan developed pursuant to Section 110 and Part D of the CAA
  Supplement to Jan. 28, 2008 Transportation Planning Requirements and their Relationship to NEPA Process Completion (02/09/11) Distribution Memo Provides a detailed description of how transportation planning relates to the NEPA process (i.e., project-level consistency and conformity)
  Transportation Conformity: A Basic Guide for State and Local Officials Provides FHWA's high-level overview of transportation conformity and how requirements relate to transportation investments and the implications on metropolitan transportation plans, transportation improvement programs and transportation projects
  Transportation Conformity Brochure FHWA answers to basic questions about transportation conformity
  Transportation Conformity Guidance for Qualitative Hot-Spot Analysis in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas Memorandum FHWA provides guidance for qualitative PM hot-spot analyses for projects of “air quality concern” in PM nonattainment/maintenance areas where a hot-spot analysis started prior to December 2012
  Transportation Conformity Guidance for Quantitative Hot-Spot Analyses in PM2.5 and PM10 Nonattainment and Maintenance Areas EPA guidance for quantitative PM hot-spot analyses for projects of “air quality concern” in PM nonattainment/maintenance areas where a hot-spot analysis is started post December 2012
  Guidelines for Modeling Carbon Monoxide from Roadway Intersections EPA guidance on how to model CO at roadway intersections for CO hot-spot analyses
  Using MOVES in Project-Level Carbon Monoxide Analyses EPA guidance for using its mobile vehicle emission simulator (MOVES) emission model rather than the older MOBILE emissions model in CO hot-spot analyses where the analysis was started post December 2012
  FHWA Technical Advisory for Preparing and Processing Environmental and Section 4(f) Documents T 6640A FHWA guidance on preparing environmental documents outlining the requirements for performing a CO TAQA and disclosing construction emissions under NEPA
  Interim Guidance Update on Mobile Source Air Toxic Analysis in NEPA Memorandum Provides an update to FHWA guidance on MSAT analyses
  A Methodology for Evaluating Mobile Source Air Toxic Emissions Among Transportation Project Alternatives Detailed guidelines on performing quantitative MSAT analysis
  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Conducting Quantitative MSAT Analysis for FHWA NEPA Documents Provides FHWA recommendations for project sponsors using MOVES for NEPA MSAT analysis concerning defining the scope of MOVES work, gathering input data, and post-processing results

 

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