This paper reviews the experience of Region 3 of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in enforcing the section 109j consistency review process. After a description of the process. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Highway Administration positions on consistency are examined and some reasons for differences are discussed. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's experience in reviewing consistency in the Delaware Valley Region (Philadelphia), Southwest Pennsylvania Region (Pittsburgh), Baltimore Region, and National Capital Region is discussed. An assessment is then made of the status of the consistency process and future directions for consistency review are proposed. Although some progress has been made, the section 109j consistency review process has been generally ineffective. Some basic changes in attitudes and policies of metropolitan planning organizations and state and federal agencies are needed if the consistency review process is to become a useful tool for improving air quality. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 62-65
  • Monograph Title: Air quality analysis in transportation planning
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  • Accession Number: 00193368
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM