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PM2.5 CONFORMITY DETERMINATION for Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702

Appendix C

Subject: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702
Date: Thursday, July 26,2007 3:14 PM
From: King, Denise <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov>
To: "Arhin, Kwame" <Kwame.Arhin@fhwa.dot.gov>, Barbara Rudnick <rudnick.barbara@epamail.epa.gov>, Brian Hug <bhug@mde.state.md.us>, Denise King <denise.king@fhwa.dot.gov>, <GGreen@sha.state.md.us>, "Johnson, Dan W." <DanW.Johnson@fhwa.dot.gov>, Martin Kotsch <kotsch.martin@epamail.epa.gov>, mike kelly <mkelly@wtbco.com>, Sarah Tomlison <stomlinson@baltometro.org>
Cc: "Houk, Jeff" <Jeff.Houk@fhwa.dot.gov>
Conversation: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702

Hello Everyone,

I know it has been awhile since we coordinated on a project but we have a few projects in the pipeline in which to coordinate. Attached is the PM 2.5 Hot Spot Analysis for the I-695 project. The FONSI was signed November 15, 1991. The build alternate consist of adding one lane to the Beltway in each direction as well as interchange modifications at various locations throughout the project limits. Selections of the beltway are either constructed, under construction or in design. SHA is in the process of completing a reevaluation for FHWA approval which will concentrate on two sections: from I-83 (BHX-Exit 24) to MD 139 (Charles Street- Exit 25) including the interchange and from Perring Parkway (MD 41-Exit 30) to Hartford Road (MD 147 – Exit 31).

We are requesting to put the public notice on SHA's website for a 15 day comment period.

The conclusion of the hot spot analysis is that the I-695 project meets all project level conformity requirements in the project will not cause or contribute to a new violation of the PM 2.5 NAAQS, or increase the frequency severity of a violation.

Please review the hot spot analysis and provide concurrence by close of business Thursday, August 9 on the analysis including results and the 15 day public notice on the website.

Denise Winslow King
Environmental Specialist
Federal Highway Administration
10 S. Howard Street, Suite 2450
Baltimore Maryland 21201
tel. (410) 779-7145
fax (410) 962-4054

<<I-695_PM25_MD140-MD702_7_26_07.pdf>>



Subject: FW: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702
Date: Friday, August 3, 2007 7:03 AM
From: King, Denise <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov>
To: Michael Kelly <mkelly@wtbco.com>
Conversation: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702

-----Original Message----
From: Brian Hug [mailto:bhug@mde.state.md.us]
Sent: Thursday, August 02,2007 3:34 PM
To: Sara Tomlinson; Martin Kotsch; King, Denise; GGreen@sha.state.md.us
Cc: Diane Franks
Subject: Re: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695: MD 140 to MD 702

Denise,

This is a relatively big project and I have some comments on the proposal:

1. mention should be made to the revised PM2.5 daily standard in this document as of current there is an actual pending standard of 35 ug/m3

2. the argument that emissions while high in 2010 and lower later on isnt a good comparison as 2010 is the attainment year and emissions need to be closely monitored so we meet the Pm2.5 naaqs by 2010, not later

3. yes, EPA has modeled PM2.5 attainment for the Baltimore Region but the states are not done modeling for our PM2.5 SIP...basing a determination on EPA's modeling needs to come with a big caveat

4. the built and natural environment between 1991 and current certainly seems much different to me...there has been lots and lots of development near this roadway in the past 16 years

5. Page 10: "The study area will not be significantly influenced by the nonroad sources in the major metropolitan area of Baltimore, MD. In addition, there are several EPA programs, the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Emissions Rule, the Clear Skies Act, and the Interstate Air Quality Rule."

This is not really correct, PM2.5 in the Baltimore NAA is indeed impacted by non-road sources. While only about 5% of the total PM2.5 inventory, NR sources make up 15% of the NOx inventory and over 30% of the VOC inventory which are both precursors to PM2.5. The Clear Skies Act and Interstate Air Quality Rule are not NR control programs and these terms are very outdated. These programs were replaced by the Clean Air Interstate Rule over 4 years ago.

6. Do the truck %ages in this report compare at all to the truck model results from the BMC transportation model?

Brian J. Hug
Deputy Program Manager
Air Quality Planning Program
Maryland Department of the Environment



Subject: FW: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702
Date: Thursday, August 9, 2007 3:57 PM
From: King, Denise <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov>
To: Sara Tomlinson <stomlinson@baltometro.org>
Cc: Michael Kelly <mkelly@wtbco.com>
Conversation: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702

Hi Sara,

Do you have any comments on the hot spot analysis?

Thanks
Denise

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hug [mailto:bhug@mde.state.md.us]
Sent: Thursday, August 09,2007 3:25 PM
To: King, Denise
Cc: kotsch.martin@epamail.epa.gov; Diane Franks
Subject: RE: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702
Yes we concur

thanks for responding to our comments

Brian

Brian J. Hug
Deputy Program Manager
Air Quality Planning Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
410-537-4125

<<< "King, Denise" <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov> 08/09/07 2:48 PM >>>
I do not think so since none of them required any revisions to the text. They were explanations more so. Are there any that you think need to go in text? Are you providing concurrence at this point?
-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hug [mailto:bhug@mde.state.md.us]
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 2:43 PM
To: King, Denise
Cc: Diane Franks
Subject: RE: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore Beltway I-695:MD 140 to MD 702

Thanks Denise...are any of the responses going to be wrapped into the actual text of the main document?

<<< "King, Denise" <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov> 08/09/07 2:25PM >>>
Hi Brian,

Attached is an errata sheet responding to your comments on the I -695 Hot Spot Analysis. Please let me know whether this addresses your concerns.

Thanks

Denise



Subject: FW: FW: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702
Date: Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:35 AM
From: King, Denise <Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov>
To: Joseph Kresslein <JKresslein@sha.state.md.us>, Michael Kelly <mkelly@wtbco.com>
Conversation: FW PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702


-----Original Message-----
From: Kotsch.Martin@epa.gov
[mailto:Kotsch.Martin@epa.gov]
Sent: Thursday, August 16, 2007 8:34 AM
To: King, Denise
Cc: Brian Hug
Subject: Re: FW: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702

EPA also concurs..

"King, Denise"
<Denise.King@fhwa.dot.gov>
To
Martin Kotsch/R3/USEPA/US@EPA
08/14/2007 01:03 PM
Cc
Subject
FW: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702

Hi Martin,

Does EPA concur as well.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Hug [mailto:bhug@mde.state.md.us]
Sent: Thursday, August 09, 2007 3:25 PM
To: King, Denise
Cc: kotsch.martin@epamail.epa.gov; Diane Franks
Subject: RE: PM 2.5 Interagency Consultation: Baltimore BeltwayI-695:MD 140 to MD 702

Yes, we concur

Thanks for responding to our comments

Brian

Brian J. Hug
Deputy Program Manager



ERRATA

PM2.5 Analysis

I-695: MD 140 to MD 702

July 26, 2007


1. Comment:

According to the EPA, the 2007 Heavy-duty engine standards will result in the introduction of new, highly effective control technologies for heavy-duty engines, beginning in 2007. Particulate matter emission levels are expected to be 90 percent lower on a per vehicle basis than 2000 standards levels due to the 2007 engine and fuel program.1

Response:

This refers to emissions per vehicle. The new PM emissions standard for heavy-duty engines of 0.01 grams per brake-horsepower-hour (g/bhp-hr) will take full effect for diesels in the 2007 model year. This reduction is due to changes in the changes in engine technology and fuel formulation. The report has been revised to explain the rule.

2. Remaining editorial comments from Jeff Houk have been accepted.

1 Heavy-duty Engine and Vehicle Standards and Highway Diesel Fuel Sulfer Control Requirements - Final Rule ("2007 Heavy-Duty Highway Final Rule")(Signed December 21, 2000)



ERRATA: MDE Comments (8/2/07)

Comment: 1. Mention should be made to the revised PM2.5 daily standard in this document as of current there is an actual pending standard of 35 ug/m3.

Response: The analysis that was performed is a Project-level (hot-spot) Conformity Determination; that is, the project is demonstrated to be consistent with the transportation-related elements of the state implementation plan (SIP). The current Non-attainment Designation and SIP is based on the 1997 24-hour standard of 65 ug/m3. Therefore, the project level conformity determination must use this standard. Although there is an approved 2006 24-hour standard of 35 ug/m3, as shown on the attached schedule from EPA, non-attainment areas will not be re-designated by EPA until November 2009 and a revised SIP is not due until April 2013. (It should be noted that the comparison monitor in Cockeysville is currently below the 35 ug/m3 daily standard).

Comment: 2. The argument that emissions while high in 2010 and lower later on isn't a good comparison as 2010 is the attainment year and emissions need to be closely monitored so we meet the PM2.5 NAAQS by 2010, not later.

Response: Firstly, the purpose of this report is to determine on a project-level basis if the project will "cause or contribute to a new violation of the PM2.5 NAAQS, or increase the frequency or severity of a violation" (page 11). The report analysis is a "hot-spot" (or local) analysis. The report shows that the number of diesel trucks in the vicinity of the Cockeysville Monitor does not significantly increase between 2005 and 2010 and the comparison monitor is currently below the NAAQS in 2005-2007. Although as shown in Table 1 of the report numerous portions of the I-695 from MD140 to MD702 have been already constructed, the probable next opening date of roadway improvements is 2010. The year 2010 was used as the analysis year because as demonstrated on page 13 of the report: "As clarified in the preamble to the July 1, 2004 revision to the transportation conformity rule (64 FR 40056), the conformity rule requires that project-level analyses consider the year of expected peak emissions from the project. For PM2.5, this is expected to be a near-term year, such as the first year of operation of the project, because emission rates from vehicles are predicted to decline between the opening year (2010) and the last year of the area's transportation plan (2030) due in part to improvements in tailpipe emissions and national vehicle emissions control programs."

Secondly, considering a regional PM2.5 analysis, the report states on page 7, "The 2004 Baltimore Regional Transportation Plan and the FY 2007-2011 Transportation Improvement Program have been determined to conform to the intent of the SIP. The US Department of Transportation made a Conformity Determination on the CLRP and the TIP on November 8, 2006, and thus there is a currently conforming transportation plan and TIP in accordance with 40 CFR 93.114. The current conformity determination is consistent with the final conformity rule found in 40 CFR Parts 51 and 93. The I-695: MD 140 to MD 702 project was included in the regional emissions analysis and there have been no significant changes in the project's design concept or scope, as used in the conformity analyses."

Comment 3. Yes, EPA has modeled PM2.5 attainment for the Baltimore Region but the states are not done modeling for our PM2.5 SIP....basing a determination on EPA's modeling needs to come with a big caveat.

Response: The Project-level Conformity Determination followed the procedure outlined in "PM2.5 and PM10 Hot-Spot Analyses in Project-level Transportation Conformity Determinations for the New PM2.5 and Existing PM10 National Ambient Air Quality Standards" (71 FR 12468)." This method is a qualitative analysis that compares the analysis location to "another location with similar characteristics". The reference to EPA data is to indicate future trends not a specific Conformity Determination.

Comment 4. The built and natural environment between 1991 and current certainly seems much different to me...there has been lots and lots of development near this roadway in the past 16 years.

Response: Actually, the majority of development adjacent the I-695 from MD 140 to MD702 occurred prior to the 1991 FONSI; from the late 1950's to the mid'1980's. The development since 1991 is consistent with the future development outlined in the 1991 FONSI and therefore, is consistent with the 1991 FONSI.

Comment 5. Page 10: "The study area will not be significantly influenced by the nonroad sources in the major metropolitan area of Baltimore, MD. In addition, there are several EPA programs in place or proposed that would tend to reduce current background PM2.5 levels from nonroad sources. These include Diesel Engine Retrofit Programs, the Clean Air Nonroad Diesel Emissions Rule, the Clear Skies Act, and the Interstate Air Quality Rule." This is not really correct, PM2.5 in the Baltimore NAA is indeed impacted by non-road sources. While only about 5% of the total PM2.5 inventory, NR sources make up 15% of the NOx inventory and over 30% of the VOC inventory which are both precursors to PM2.5. The Clear Skies Act and Interstate Air Quality Rule are not NR control programs and these terms are very outdated. These programs were replaced by the Clean Air Interstate Rule over 4 years ago.

Response: Although the NOx and VOC nonroad precusor emissions are of concern for the regional analysis, this is project-level hotspot analysis and as stated in the above referenced guidance and summarized on page 6 of the report : "EPA requires hotspot findings to be based on directly emitted PM2.5, since secondary [precusor] particles take several hours to form in the atmosphere giving emissions time to disperse beyond the immediate area of concern" for a localized analysis.

Also, the study area is the immediate vicinity of I-695. According to page 8, "Existing and future land use along the study portion of the I-695 corridor consists of a mixture of suburban-residential and employment-commercial." Therefore, nonroad emissions would not significantly affect the study area.

Comment: 6. Do the truck %ages in this report compare at all to the truck model results from the BMC transportation model?

Response: The truck percentages were provided by SHA for the roadways within the study area. The purpose of the study is a project-level "hot-spot" analysis. Therefore, truck percentages (resulting in the number of diesel trucks) particular to the study area are needed to determine if the project would result in any "hot spot" violations of the NAAQS. Using the region wide truck percentages in the BMC model would not provide an accurate comparison for the project level hotspot analysis.


ERRATA: BMC Comments (8/17/07)

On 8/16/07 5:16 PM, "Sara Tomlinson" <stomlinson@baltometro.org> wrote:
Mike,

Here are some informal comments I'd like to make on the I-695 PM2.5 conformity determination.

Comment 1) The Baltimore Regional Transportation Board should be abbreviated at BRTB rather than BRTP.
Response: Will comply

Comment 2) The Direct PM2.5 numbers in Table 2 should be updated with numbers from the most recent approved conformity determination (the one that is referenced in footnote 3). The 2002 number is the same, but the 2010, 2020, and 2030 numbers are slightly different.
Response: Will comply

Comment 3) The second paragraph under Section E on the sentence starting "Therefore, construction emissions...." Add a "be" before and a "d" on the end of "include."
Response: Will comply

Comment 4) In Section E under Air Quality- Monitors, it states that there are 8 monitors in the Baltimore nonattainment area. The Baltimore nonattainment area includes Anne Arundel, Carroll, Harford, and Howard Counties, as well as Baltimore County and Baltimore City. I believe the entire area includes more than 8 monitors. If you are referring to just the Baltimore City-Baltimore County area only, that should be specified. Also, are there 8 PM2.5 monitors, or 8 total monitors?
Response: Revised text to indicate PM2.5 monitors in the Baltimore Region

Comment 5) Under Section E, Future Scenario, it says a "continued decline" is shown through 2030. Is it a continued decline if the number goes up between 2020 and 2030? I know you mention that as well, but maybe the word "continued" isn't accurate.
Response: Text revised to clarify an overall decline

Comment 6) Under footnote #8, change "will" to "with".
Response: Will comply

Thanks.


Sara Tomlinson
Environmental Planner
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
2700 Lighthouse Point East, Suite 310
Baltimore, MD 21224
P: 410-732-0500 x1035
stomlinson@baltometro.org
www.baltometro.org <http://www.baltometro.org>

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