Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission's Anticipated Response to the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

by Ronald J. Roggenburk, Delaware Valley Regional Planning, Commission, Philadelphia, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Transportation Planning and Air Quality


By virtue of its charter to provide continuing, cooperative and comprehensive planning, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has a commitment to adopt and maintain a transportation plan which protects the health of the residents of the Delaware Valley and meets the requirements of the Clean Air Act. It is anticipated that the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 will have a profound effect on the Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program and DVRPC's Work Program. That is, plans and programs will be dominated by projects which have a demonstrably beneficial impact on air quality. This paper discusses the requirements of the Act which directly affect DVRPC and the anticipated role which the Commission will play in administering the Act. Experience with the 1982 Transportation-Air Quality Plan is cited, and some of the issues, challenges, problems and opportunities presented by the Act will be discussed. The Philadelphia Nonattainment Area is described as well as the current levels of air pollution. Sections of the paper address [1] the emissions inventory, [2] transportation control measures, [3] conformity, and [4] a forum for the resolution of issues. It concludes that metropolitan planning organizations should continue to play an important role in the development of revisions to state implementation plans.

Subject Headings: Air quality | Air pollution | Urban and regional development | Quality control | Emissions | Transportation management | Traffic management | Project management | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States

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