Environmental Planning

Air Quality

Transportation Conformity

Transportation Conformity ensures that transportation plans, programs and projects do not produce new air-quality violations, worsen existing violations or delay timely attainment of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

The ADOT Air Quality Team is responsible for implementing and developing the statutory and regulatory requirements for conformity state implementation plans (conformity SIPs). A conformity SIP includes a state's specific criteria and procedures for certain aspects of the transportation conformity process. Clean Air Act section 176(c) is the statutory authority for transportation conformity (42 U.S.C. 7506(c)). The regulations that explain the requirements for a conformity SIP are found at 40 CFR 51.390, which was updated Jan. 24, 2008 (73 FR 4420). 

Isolated Rural Area Conformity Documents

ADOT is currently developing a regional conformity analysis in support of the State Route 189 Study: International Border to Grand Avenue  project under current study.   This project is in Nogales, which is in nonattainment for the Federal standard for particulate matter less than or equal to 2.5 microns in diameter (PM2.5) and for the particulate matter less than or equal to 10 microns in diameter (PM10).

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) transportation conformity regulations requires certain projects in nonattainment areas to engage in interagency consultation and complete PM2.5/PM10  analyses as part of the project-level conformity determination process.  In rural areas, interagency consultation on regional and project level conformity required for federal funded transportation projects is conducted through the ADOT’s Environmental Planning Air Quality staff.  ADOT submitted a Project of Air Quality Concern Questionnaire for PM2.5 and PM10 Interagency Consultation in December 2016 and held two Interagency Consultation Meetings on February 22nd, and May 25th 2016. It was determined through consultation that the project does not fit the description of a project of air quality concern regarding PM2.5 and PM10 as defined in 40 CFR 93.123(b)(1), this process is described here

Transportation Conformity also requires that FHWA/FTA projects in PM10 and PM2.5 nonattainment and maintenance areas demonstrate that during the time frame of the transportation plan no new local violations will be created and the severity or number of existing violations will not be increased as a result of the project, and the project has been included in a regional emissions analysis that meets applicable §§ 93.118 and/or 93.119 requirements. The demonstration must be performed according to the consultation requirements of § 93.105(c)(1)(i) and the methodology requirements of § 93.123.

ADOT is providing the draft Arizona Department of Transportation Air Quality Regional Conformity Analysis Nogales Nonattainment Area document for review and comment for the project level analysis of the Environmental Assessment process as identified on the SR 189 project website.  Comments will be requested through May 22nd , 2017 by clicking the Contact tab above and selecting Air Quality as the issue under the contact information or by emailing BChenausky@azdot.gov.

Prior Draft Documents include:

Suggested Draft Template for Use in Regional Conformity Analysis (pdf)

Regional Conformity Analysis Methods and Assumptions (revised 03/08/17)

MPOs' Conformity Documents
2017 Conformity Finding Letters
2016 Conformity Finding Letters
2015 Conformity Finding Letters
2014 Conformity Finding Letters
  • Maricopa Association of Governments: 2014-2018 TIP
    Note: Includes projects from SCMPO and Pinal County PM10 and PM2.5 nonattainment areas.
2013 Conformity Finding Letters
2011 Conformity Finding Letters
2010 Conformity Finding Letters
2009 Conformity Finding Letters
2009 Conformity Finding Letters
2007 Conformity Finding Letters
Interagency Consultation Meetings
Agendas
Minutes
Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.

De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles en civilrightsoffice@azdot.gov. Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.