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Interagency Consultation in General
The Federal Clean Air Act "conformity" process includes an Interagency Consultation process that involves Federal Agencies (US EPA, Federal Highway Administration, and Federal Transit Administration), the State transportation agency (Caltrans), the State air quality management agency (California Air Resources Board), and regional transportation planning and air quality agencies (Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Air Pollution Control/Air Quality Management districts, and in some California cases Regional Transportation Planning Agencies). Transit and other transportation service providers are also involved.
Most Interagency Consultation occurs at the regional level. An Interagency Consultation group for the conformity process exists in all Federal nonattainment areas. In most cases, the Transportation Planning Agency (Metropolitan Planning Organization - MPO) is the lead agency for the consultation process. See the Federal Nonattainment Areas table at this web site for links to web sites of the regional Transportation and Air Quality planning agencies in each of the Federal nonattainment and maintenance areas in California.
The Statewide Conformity Working Group coordinates and considers issues of a statewide nature. The Group normally meets twice a year: usually in March and September or October. Meetings Meetings are held by teleconference using regional call-in meeting centers to minimize travel.
Statewide Conformity Working Group meetings, as with regoinal Interagency Consultation meetings in the Transportation Conformity process, are open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend should either call in to the teleconference using the number announced here or arrange with regional teleconference coordinators for attendance. Regional teleconference centers and the agenda are usually posted at this site 1-2 weeks before the meeting.
The Statewide Conformity working group has been meeting since the mid-1990's. Formal Interagency Consultation requirements for conformity purposes came from the 1990 Federal Clean Air Act Amendments and the EPA Conformity Regulations at 40 CFR Part 93. The group was chaired initially by Caltrans, then by the California Air Resources Board until 2003. The Federal Highway Administration, California Division chaired the group in 2003, and US EPA, Region IX chaired the group in 2004. The group is currently chaired by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Transportation Planning Division, and suggestions or requests for agenda items should be sent to a Caltrans conformity staff member in the contact list below..
This web site is maintained by the California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning, Air Quality Coordination Branch. For web site-related issues, please contact one of the Caltrans staff below:
Caltrans HEADQUARTERS CONFORMITY Staff:
Air Quality Planning and Conformity Coordination Lead
Air Quality Analysis and Technical Assistance
Air Quality and Conformity Coordination
Air Quality Specialist
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