The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) the 11th in a series of workshops on integrating air quality and transportation planning in San Antonio, Texas, on June 20, 2006. This workshop provided participants with information on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) planned regulation for implementing the 8-hour ozone and PM-2.5 (fine particulate matter) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS).
A final rule on PM-2.5 regulation was required by September 27, 2006, per a court issued consent agreement. Implementation of revised regulations for PM-2.5 and the 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) presents challenges to local governments as they seek to balance regional growth with the need to improve air quality. To help meet these challenges, this workshop features three panels addressing a variety of topics related to the regulatory framework and processes, state and local challenges for developing emission reduction programs, and local successes in adapting to these challenges.
Kathy Daniel, Federal Highway Administration
Mark Simon, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Larry Wallace, Environmental Protection Agency
Tom Diggs, Environmental Protection Agency Region 6
Bill Gill, Capital Area Council of Governments
Gregg Cooke, Guida, Slavich & Flores P.C., former Administrator for EPA Region 6
Kelly Keel, State Implementation Plan (SIP) Team Leader, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Pat Waskowiak, Public Outreach and Policy Program Manager, Houston-Galveston Area Council
Peter Bella, Alamo Area Council of Governments
Cari Anderson, San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Consultant
Monica Beard-Raymond, EPA National Clean Diesel Campaign
Contact: Erika Young, Transportation Director, 202.986.1032 Ext: 215