SIP - ALASKA - 18 AAC 50.715
18 AAC 50.715. TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY: INTERAGENCY CONSULTATION PROCEDURES
(a) Before issuing a final conformity determination under 18 AAC 50.700 - 18 AAC 50.720, the responsible agency described in 18 AAC 50.705(c)(1), shall
(1) contact the office of the local governing body to determine if that office is aware of any plans for construction of a regionally significant project that is not funded under 23 U.S.C. (Highways) or 49 U.S.C. 5301 - 5338, including any project for which alternative locations, design concept and scope, or the no-build option are still being considered;
(2) prepare a preliminary interagency discussion draft, a public review draft, and a final draft of the conformity determination through the interagency consultation process described in (b) - (g) of this section with staff of
(B) the local air quality planning agency;
(C) the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities;
(D) the local transportation agency;
(E) any agency created under state law that sponsors or approves transportation projects;
(F) the United States Environmental Protection Agency;
(G) the Federal Highway Administration;
(b) A staff member of the responsible agency shall
(H) the Federal Transit Administration; and
(3) hold a public hearing or meeting in accordance with procedures established under 18 AAC 50.720 to provide the public with an opportunity to consider the public review draft of the conformity determination.
(1) consult with staff of the agencies listed in (a)(2) of this section to prepare a preliminary interagency discussion draft of the conformity determination, including necessary supporting information;
(2) ensure that all documents and information relevant to the preliminary interagency discussion draft are available to staff from the participating agencies; and
(3) consider the comments of staff from participating agencies and respond in writing to those comments in a timely, substantive manner before making a final decision on the preliminary interagency discussion draft; written agency comments and written responses must be included in the record of any conformity decision or action.
(c) In preparing the preliminary interagency discussion draft, a staff member of the responsible agency shall consult with the staff of the agencies listed in (a)(2) of this section to
(1) evaluate and choose a traffic demand and regional emissions model, and associated methods and assumptions to be used in a hot-spot analysis or a regional emissions analysis;
(2) determine which minor arterials and other projects should be considered regionally significant for purposes of a regional emissions analysis, in addition to those regionally significant projects as defined in 40 CFR 93.101, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710;
(3) discuss whether a project that is otherwise exempt from the requirements of 18 AAC 50.700 - 18 AAC 50.720 under 40 C.F.R. 93.126 and 40 C.F.R. 93.127, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710, should be treated as nonexempt if potential regional emissions impacts or other adverse emissions impacts might exist for any reason;
(4) determine, as required by 40 C.F.R. 93.113(c)(1), adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710, whether past obstacles to implementation of a transportation control measure (TCM) defined in 40 C.F.R. 93.101, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710, that is behind the schedule established in the state implementation plan have been identified and are being overcome, and whether state and local agencies with influence over approvals or funding for TCMs are giving maximum priority to approval or funding for TCMs; the interagency consultation process must also consider whether delays in TCM implementation necessitate a revision to the state implementation plan to remove or to substitute a TCM or other emission reduction measures;
(5) determine, as required by 40 C.F.R. 93.121, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710,
(A) that a regionally significant project
(i) is included in a regional emissions analysis supporting the currently conforming TIP's conformity determination, even if the project is not included in the TIP for the purposes of project selection or endorsement; and
(ii) design concept and scope have not changed significantly from those included in the transportation plan, TIP, or regional emissions analysis; or
(B) that, based on the requirements for a project that is not from a conforming transportation plan and TIP, as specified in 40 C.F.R. 93.118 and 40 C.F.R. 93.119, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710,
(i) there is a currently conforming transportation plan and TIP, and a new regional emissions analysis that includes the regionally significant project; and
(ii) the currently conforming transportation plan and TIP will still conform if the regionally significant project is implemented;
(6) identify, as required by 40 C.F.R. 93.123(b), adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710, projects located at sites within a PM-10 nonattainment area identified in 18 AAC 50.015(b)(2) that have vehicle and roadway emission and dispersion characteristics essentially identical to those at sites that have air quality violations verified by monitoring, and that, therefore, require a quantitative PM-10 hot-spot analysis; and
(7) notify staff of participating agencies of any revision or amendment to a transportation plan or TIP that merely adds or deletes an exempt project listed in 40 C.F.R. 93.126, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710.
(d) In addition to the consultation described in (c) of this section, a staff member of the responsible agency shall consult with staff of the state and local agencies listed in (a)(2) of this section to
(1) evaluate events that will trigger new conformity determinations in addition to those triggering events established in 40 C.F.R. 93.104, adopted by reference in 18 AAC 50.710;
(2) consider an emissions analysis for transportation activities that extend beyond the boundaries of a local governing body, nonattainment area, or air basin; and
(3) determine the design, schedule, and funding of research and data collection efforts and regional transportation model development by the local governing body, such as household or travel transportation surveys.
(e) If the metropolitan planning area does not include the entire nonattainment or maintenance area, the interagency consultation must include staff of the local governing body and the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to determine conformity of all projects outside the metropolitan planning area and within the nonattainment or maintenance area.
(f) After completing the interagency consultation process, the responsible agency shall prepare the public review draft of the conformity determination, based on changes made to the preliminary draft during the consultation process, and shall make the public review draft available for public review and comment as required in 18 AAC 50.720.
(g) After opportunity for public review and comment on the public review draft of the conformity determination, the responsible agency shall
(1) prepare a final draft of the conformity determination in consultation with staff of the participating agencies; and
(2) after the consultation described in (1) of this subsection, issue the final conformity determination to the agencies listed in (a)(2) of this section and provide the supporting information upon request.
(h) The department will refer to the governor for resolution any conflict between state agencies or between state and local agencies that cannot be resolved by the heads of the involved agencies. The department will make the referral to the governor within 14 calendar days after notification or a determination that the conflict cannot be resolved. A conformity determination that is the subject of a conflict resolution under this subsection must have the governor's concurrence to be considered final. The department will provide the participating agencies with a copy of its referral to the governor. The governor may delegate the role of resolving a conflict under this subsection and deciding whether to concur in the conformity determination to a state official or agency other than the department, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, or a state transportation board or commission.
State effective: 9/4/98; EPA effective: 2/28/00