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03/30/15

Resolution on Conformity with the Clean Air Act PM 2.5

The Greater Bridgeport and Valley MPO is required to submit an Air Quality Conformity Statement to the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with the final conformity rule promulgated by EPA (40 CFR 51 and 93) when adopting an annual Transportation Improvement Program or when effecting a significant revision of the Region’s Transportation Plan.

RESOLUTION 2015-10

ENDORSEMENT RESOLUTION ON CONFORMITY WITH THE CLEAN AIR ACT PM 2.5

WHEREAS, the Greater Bridgeport and Valley MPO is required to submit an Air Quality Conformity Statement to the US Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in accordance with the final conformity rule promulgated by EPA (40 CFR 51 and 93) when adopting an annual Transportation Improvement Program or when effecting a significant revision of the Region’s Transportation Plan; and

WHEREAS, Title 42, Section 7506 (3) (A) states that conformity of transportation plans and programs will be demonstrated if:

  1. the plans and programs are consistent with recent estimates of mobile source emissions;
  2. the plans and programs provide for the expeditious implementation of certain transportation control measures;
  3. the plans and programs contribute to annual emissions reductions consistent with the Clean Air Act of 1977, as amended; and

WHEREAS, It is the opinion of the Greater Bridgeport and Valley MPO that the plans and programs approved on April 14, 2015  and submitted to FHWA and EPA conform to the requirements of Title 42, Section 7506 (3) (A) as interpreted by EPA (40 CFR 51 and 93); and

WHEREAS, The Connecticut portion of the New York – Northern New Jersey – Long Island, NY-NJ-CT area is designated a PM 2.5 attainment/maintenance area; and

WHEREAS, The State of Connecticut has elected to jointly assess conformity in all PM 2.5 attainment/maintenance areas in Connecticut (Fairfield County and New Haven County) and

WHEREAS, The results of the required emissions analysis performed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation on the 2015 Long Range Transportation Plans for the Greater Bridgeport and Valley regions and the FFY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program and Amendments show that the implementation of the projects contained therein will result in emissions of PM2.5 in each analysis year that are less than the emissions of the baseline year; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Greater Bridgeport and Valley MPO finds that the 2015 Long Range Transportation Plans for the Greater Bridgeport and Valley regions and the FFY 2015-2018 Transportation Improvement Program and all Amendments conform to air quality requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration (40 CFR 51 and 93), related U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines (23 CFR 450) and with Title 42, Section 7506 (3) (A) and hereby approves the existing March 2015 PM2.5 Conformity Determination contingent upon no major adverse comments being received during said period.