CONCURRENT AIR QUALITY ANALYSIS UNDER THE NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT AND TRANSPORTATION/AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY

This paper addresses the direct and indirect relationships between the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the new conformity requirements. This paper concludes that NEPA and transportation/air quality conformity processes should be concurrent. The need for concurrent determinations is supported by five arguments: (1) the legislative history of conformity indicates that project conformity determinations be made during the NEPA process; (2) general NEPA requirements specify coordination between environmental processes; (3) the level of technical detail required for conformity analyses meets or exceeds the level already required for NEPA; (4) unless conformity is taken into account, alternatives and mitigation measures generated during the NEPA analytical process may later result in a negative conformity determination; and (5) public comment periods, unless coordinated, would run consecutively rather than concurrently, potentially delaying project implementation.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 55-72
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00716620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 13 1996 12:00AM