The Resource Environmental protection : federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked

Environmental protection : federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked

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Environmental protection : federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked
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Environmental protection
Title remainder
federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked
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Federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked
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eng
Summary
To protect the public from harmful emissions, transportation planners in areas with poor air must show that their plans will not make it worse. Every time they update their transportation improvement program (TIP) and their 20-year plan--every 2 and 3 years respectively--federal laws and regulations require that they ensure the emissions from their plans will not exceed the mobile source emissions budget. This is known as "demonstrating conformity." Areas that fail to do so generally cannot spend federal funds on new projects until they resolve the problem. The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works asked GAO to determine (1) how many areas have failed, why, and what corrective actions they took, and (2) what issues transportation planners had with the conformity process and what solutions are possible. Since 1997, 56 of the 159 transportation planning areas with air quality problems failed to demonstrate conformity by a required deadline at least once, according to federal agency data, but only five areas had to change their transportation plans as a result. About half of the areas failed because of resource, administrative, or technical problems, such as a lack of time and staff, and resolved the problem in 6 months or less. About one-third of the 253 transportation planners responding to our survey said they anticipate having trouble demonstrating conformity in the future, especially in meeting the more stringent limits on two pollutants resulting from vehicle emissions--ozone and fine particulate matter. A majority of transportation planners who had trouble demonstrating conformity or failed to do so by a deadline said that the required frequency of demonstrations robs them of time and resources to solve other issues, such as growing congestion. The planners support extending the current 3-year time frame between required updates of the 20-year plan, which could also result in less frequent conformity demonstrations. Under this change, areas would still demonstrate conformity of their TIP every 2 years, and could still update and demonstrate conformity on their long-term plans more frequently than required, such as to add new projects or shift funds. These factors could help to ensure that the change would not have a significant impact on the conformity process' role to protect air quality. Transportation planners also noted the difference between their frequent plan updates, which must use the latest emissions model and data (such as the types of vehicles on the road and the number of miles they travel), and air quality plans, with their associated emissions budgets, which are not required to be updated with the current model or data. The transportation planners said this creates conflicts and can result in ineffective changes to an area's transportation plans. Any proposal to require that air quality plans be regularly updated, however, needs to weigh the benefits against the fact that such updates are difficult and costly
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GPO
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federal national government publication
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  • maps
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non fiction
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  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Environmental protection
  • Air quality management
  • Air quality management
  • Environmental protection
  • United States
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Environmental protection : federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked
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Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed Nov. 18, 2003)
  • "April 2003."
  • Paper version available from: General Accounting Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-03-581."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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mixed
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text
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txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53470262
  • (OCoLC)ocm53470262
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 11/18/03: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03581.pdf; current access available via PURL
Label
Environmental protection : federal planning requirements for transportation and air quality protection could potentially be more efficient and better linked
Publication
Note
  • Title from title screen (viewed Nov. 18, 2003)
  • "April 2003."
  • Paper version available from: General Accounting Office, 441 G St., NW, Rm. LM, Washington, D.C. 20548
  • "GAO-03-581."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
mixed
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Note
Hein Online
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53470262
  • (OCoLC)ocm53470262
System details
Mode of access: Internet from GAO web site. Address as of 11/18/03: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d03581.pdf; current access available via PURL

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