AMATS is the acronym for Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions. Every metropolitan area with a population of more than 50,000 residents must have a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation in order to qualify for federal highway or transit assistance. AMATS is the MPO for the Anchorage Bowl and Chugiak-Eagle River areas when federal transportation funds are used.
30 Day Public Comment Period - Eagle River PM10 2nd 10-Year Limited Maintenance Plan and Appendix
The public comment period starts on September 4th, 2019 and ends close of business on October 4th, 2019.
HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT:
Mail: PO BOX 196650, Anchorage, AK 99519
Email: Craig Lyon
This second 10-year Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) explains how Eagle River currently meets and will continue to meet the 1987 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for particulate matter 10 microns or smaller (PM10) through 2033.
On September 29, 2010, the State of Alaska submitted the first 10-year Limited Maintenance Plan (LMP) and requested that EPA find the plan complete and approve the re-designation of the Eagle River nonattainment area to attainment under the LMP option. On October 19, 2010, the EPA determined that Eagle River nonattainment area had attained the NAAQS, effective December 20, 2010 (75 FR 64162). On January 7, 2013, the EPA approved the LMP and concurrently re-designated the area to attainment for the PM10 NAAQS, effective March 8, 2013 (78 FR 900).
The control measures and contingency measures from the attainment and maintenance plan are still in place. Under the provisions in the CAA Section 175 A (United States Code (USC) Title 42 Section 7505(b)), States are required to submit a revision to the first 10-year LMP 8 years after the EPA approves the original re-designation. In the EPA Limited Maintenance Plan Option Guidance (LMP Guidance), States can prepare the required second 10-year maintenance plan if the area meets the qualification criteria. Before developing this plan, DEC met with the representatives from the Anchorage Health Department (AHD), Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions (AMATS), and the Municipality of Anchorage (MOA) to discuss the development plan, roles/responsibility, and proposed project schedule. Also, DEC sent a draft of the LMP development plan to EPA. The feedback and the clarifications received from EPA, particularly on the method of calculation of the Average Design Value (ADV) and the need for the computation of the Critical Design Value to further justify eligibility, were helpful in the development of this second 10-year LMP. DEC, in conjunction with the AHD, prepared this plan. This plan is the last maintenance plan for the area, and it demonstrates how the area will continue to meet the PM10 standard through 2033, as stipulated in the second 10-year planning requirements of CAA Section 175A(b).