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Summary of Air Quality Field Survey. Eddie Dancausse Air Quality Specialist FHWA NC Division. Who Reviews the Air Quality Section?. Area Engineers (FL, IL, UT) Environmental Specialists (AR, DE/MD, FL, GA, IL, KY, PA, TN, UT,VA) Planners (AR, ID, IN, KY, TN)

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Summary of air quality field survey

Summary of Air Quality Field Survey

Eddie Dancausse

Air Quality Specialist

FHWA NC Division


Who reviews the air quality section
Who Reviews the Air Quality Section?

  • Area Engineers (FL, IL, UT)

  • Environmental Specialists

    • (AR, DE/MD, FL, GA, IL, KY, PA, TN, UT,VA)

  • Planners (AR, ID, IN, KY, TN)

  • Air Quality Specialist (IN, KY, NC, UT)


How often do you seek assistance
How Often Do You Seek Assistance?

  • Infrequently (AR, FL, PA)

  • When needed (GA, ID, IN, NC, UT, VA)

  • Often (DE/MD, KY)

  • Specific Assistance

    • PM2.5 Hot-spot Analysis

      • (DE/MD, GA, IL, IN, VA)

    • MSATs (DE/MD, GA, NC, VA)


Documentation attainment nonattainment status
Documentation:Attainment/Nonattainment Status

  • Nothing - 100% attainment (HI, MS)

  • Explain attainment/nonattainment status

    • (DE/MD, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, NC PA, TN, UT, VA)


Attainment vs nonattainment analysis
Attainment vs. Nonattainment Analysis

  • Nonattainment areas

    • Project level conformity

      • (DE/MD, GA, ID, IL, IN, KY, NC, PA, UT, VA)

    • CO air quality assessment (GA, PA, VA)

  • Attainment areas

    • CO air quality assessment (GA, VA)

    • CO screening method (FL, PA)

    • Discussion of impacts (AR, ID)


Documentation msats
Documentation: MSATs

  • Analyze MSATs (DE/MD, GA, ID, IL, KY, NC, PA, TN, UT)

  • Do not analyze MSATs (FL, HI)


More information
More Information?

  • Greenhouse gases (GA, IL, KY, NC, PA, VA)

  • MSATs (NC, TN, VA)

    • How to address EPA’s concerns with FHWA interim guidance (ID)

  • All Pollutants (UT)

  • Developing a CO screening protocol (IN)

  • PM2.5 (DE/MD)


Challenges or obstacles
Challenges or Obstacles?

  • No Division staff with modeling experience (TN)

  • Getting the DOT to reference current plan/TIP (GA)

  • Knowing what is latest guidance (UT)

  • Keeping up to date on air quality (DE/MD, UT)

  • PM2.5 qualitative analyses (IN)

  • Developing a CO screening process (KY)

  • Dealing with new nonattainment areas (AR)

  • Getting the DOT to use and follow guidance (ID)

  • Ensuring consistency with plan/TIP (IL)


Guidance or training
Guidance or Training?

  • Immediate

    • How to analyze MSATs (FL)

    • Addressing the impact of traffic on sensitive receptors (TN)

    • Standard procedures and requirements for project level analysis (UT)

    • Addressing the new standards (IN)

    • PM2.5 training (DE/MD)

  • Short Term

    • More training on project level analyses (UT, ID)

    • Climate change/greenhouse gases guidance (IN, NC, KY, PA, IL)

    • MSATs (NC)

    • MOVES (KY)

  • Long Term

    • Update Technical Advisory for air quality (UT)

    • Addressing the new standards (KY, VA)

    • MOVES (KY)


Other issues
Other Issues

  • A project level discussion on standard procedures and requirements (UT, ID)

  • MOVES schedule and training (KY)

  • Updating the MSAT guidance (IL)

  • CEQs response to greenhouse gases petition asking that it be addressed in NEPA (IL)

  • Feedback on addressing PM2.5 in draft documents (DE/MD)



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