PUBLIC NOTICE-THE 2040 REGION TRANSPORTATION PLAN – REVIEW AND APPRAISAL AND THE FY 2018-2021 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE STEUBENVILLE-WEIRTON, OH-WV METROPOLITAN PLANNING AREA TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY ANALYSIS FOR THE 1997 8-HOUR OZONE NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARD

PUBLIC NOTICE-THE 2040 REGION TRANSPORTATION PLAN – REVIEW AND APPRAISAL AND THE FY 2018-2021 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM FOR THE STEUBENVILLE-WEIRTON, OH-WV METROPOLITAN PLANNING AREA TRANSPORTATION CONFORMITY ANALYSIS FOR THE 1997 8-HOUR OZONE NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARD

The Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Organization (BHJ MPO) is accepting public review and comment regarding the Steubenville 2040 Transportation Plan Update Conformity Analysis Summary for the transportation program of projects listed in the 2040 Region Transportation Plan – Review and Appraisal (TP) and the FY 2018-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for the Steubenville, OH-Weirton, WV Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA).

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in South Coast Air Quality Management v. EPA, No. 15-1115, which struck down portions of the 2008 Ozone NAAQS SIP Requirements Rule concerning the ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). These portions of the 2008 Ozone NAAQS SIP Requirement Rule addressed implementation requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS as well as the anti-backsliding requirements associated with the revocation of the 1997 ozone NAAQS. The court decision immediately impacts any non-exempt project requiring a TIP amendment (due to cost changes beyond the administrative modification thresholds or scope changes) or any new non-exempt project that is not currently in the TIP, cannot proceed until the TIP meets the transportation conformity requirement for the 1997 ozone standard in the Steubenville-Weirton, OH-WV 1997 Ozone Maintenance Area.

The Steubenville 2040 Transportation Plan Update Conformity Analysis Summary documents the planning assumptions, criteria, and procedures, used to demonstrate conformity for the 1997 8-hour Ozone NAAQS. This new conformity process is in response to FHWA’s April 23, 2018 guidance requiring conformity analyses for “orphaned” US EPA 1997 ozone standard areas.

The analysis demonstrates that the non-exempt transportation program of projects listed in the TP and TIP does not cause or contribute to any new violation, increase the frequency or severity of an existing violation, or delay the timely attainment of the 1997 ozone standard. The BHJ MPO Policy Committee will consider adoption of the Steubenville 2040 Transportation Plan Update Conformity Analysis Summary during its next scheduled meeting Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 12:00 noon at the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission Offices located 124 North Fourth Street Steubenville, Ohio.

Those persons wishing to review the Steubenville 2040 Transportation Plan Update Conformity Analysis Summary may request a copy of the program of projects by contacting the BHJ MPO office at (740) 282-3685 or by accessing the BHJ website at www.bhjmpc.org on or before 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2018. The office is located at 124 North Fourth Street, Second Floor Steubenville, Ohio. Business contact hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays Monday through Friday. Direct all inquiries to Mr. David Snelting, Transportation Study Director or, in his absence, Ms. Adrienne Ward, Office Manager. The BHJMPO will acknowledge e-mail requests and comments at dsnelting@bhjmpc.org. The BHJ MPO accepts and responds to written and signed requests only by mail, in person, or e-mail received no later than 10:00 a.m. Monday, September 17, 2018.

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