The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) published a proposed rule implementing Phase 2 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ARTBA is convening a member working group Monday, Sept. 18, from 12-1 p.m. (ET) to share comments on the proposed rule.
Why it matters
The proposal details streamlining provisions required by the Fiscal Responsibility Act, including setting page and time limits and requiring the use of plain language in reports. It also proposes substantive and prescriptive changes, including climate and environmental justice considerations, mandated mitigation measures when a project has an environmental impact, and other provisions that result in project delays and uncertainty.
Public comments on the proposal are due by Sept. 29. Contact ARTBA’s Prianka Sharma to receive meeting information.
ARTBA reiterates opposition to EPA proposal modifying air quality standard
ARTBA and industry allies Sept. 7 filed additional comments opposing the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter. ARTBA filed initial comments opposing the plan March 28, 2023.
Why it matters
The NAAQ standard sets permissible levels for common air pollutants and is regulated by states and more commonly counties. If pollution from a particular project is above the levels set by the standard, specific actions must be taken to reduce them. Compliance is important because local governments not meeting this standard can have federal highway funds withheld. EPA’s latest proposal lowers the current standard from a level of 12 to a level of between 9 and 10.
EPA will determine whether or not to lower the limit and publish a new standard before the end of 2023.
Upcoming webinar – What to Know About Buy America
Friday, Sept. 15
1-2 p.m. (Eastern)
Brian Hogge, construction team leader at the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, will talk about the status of Buy America requirements on federal-aid projects, explain the information his agency is sharing with state DOTs, and answer your questions. You can REGISTER NOW