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Title:Proceedings of the Mobile Source Air Toxics Peer Exchange Meeting
Author(s):Lin, Jie; Pu, Wenjing; Zyznieuski, Walt
Subject(s):Mobile Source Air Toxics, NEPA, Interim Guidance, monitoring, modeling
Abstract:Air toxics is an emerging area that receives more and more attention—from transportation/environmental agencies, academic researchers, and the public—because of potential health issues and uncertainties with modeling and the science behind MSAT. Currently 188 air toxics are identified in the Clean Air Act as hazardous air pollutants. Among them, 21 are labeled as mobile source air toxics (MSAT) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In particular, 6 of the 21 MSATs are priority MSATs. They are benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, diesel particulate matter/diesel exhaust organic gases, acrolein, and 1,3-butadiene. There are no regulatory concentration standards set up for the six MSATs. In response to the need for federal guidance in documenting MSAT impacts by state DOTs, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) issued Interim Guidance on February 3, 2006 to advise state Departments of Transportation (DOT) on when and how to analyze MSATs in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for highway projects. As the science progresses, FHWA will update the MSAT guidance. Given many uncertainties with the new guidance that is still evolving, on October 5-6, 2006 the Mobile Source Air Toxics Peer Exchange Meeting was successfully held at Allerton Park, Monticello, Illinois, facilitated by University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Twenty-one participants from the six state DOTs (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin), FHWA, US EPA Region 5 Office, Illinois EPA and UIC attended the meeting. The meeting covered both the technical and practical issues/uncertainties emerging from the new MSAT guidance and exchanged ideas and experiences in documenting MSATs in the NEPA documents. These proceedings summarize the topics and issues covered in the presentations and roundtable discussion at the meeting.
Issue Date:2007-02
Genre:Technical Report
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Sponsor:Illinois Department of Transportation ICT-R27
Rights Information:No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-11-14

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