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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
  • With the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AKA: Stimulus Package) earlier this year we are anticipating increased activity and interest from Federal agencies to ensure their stimulus projects are done in a manner promoting "green practices" and also that they comply with current environmental requirements. For projects implemented in NAAQS nonattainment and maintenance areas this will mean Federal agencies will need to comply with the Conformity requirements (section 176 of the Clean Air Act). While the requirements for Transportation Conformity are well established with a recurring planning process, those for General Conformity are conducted on a project specific basis and may vary greatly by size, scope and type. In order for EPA to fulfill its advise and comment role to other Federal agencies it is important that their staffs and project proponents are able to contact EPA to engage in early consultation. Early consultation will serve to facilitate project implementation in a timely manner that is protective of air quality.
  • The General Conformity Rule ensures that the actions taken by federal agencies in nonattainment and maintenance areas meet national standards for air quality. Currently, EPA is revising the General Conformity Rule to better serve the needs of both states and federal agencies.

Region 5 contact persons:

Michael Leslie (leslie.michael@epa.gov)
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
Pat Morris (morris.patricia@epa.gov)
  • Indiana
  • Ohio

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