Environmental News Highlights – February 1, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

USDOT Official Gives Cities Tips for Winning Federal Transportation Grants – Route Fifty

Proposed Update to Renewable Fuel Standard Could Benefit EV Makers – Transport Topics

EV Hype Overshadows Public Transit as a Climate Fix CityLab

State AGs Give EPA Until End of January to Respond to Year-Round E15 Petitions – Progressive Farmer

Biden-Harris Administration Finalizes Protections for Tongass National Forest – USDA (media release)

FHWA Providing $29.4 Million in ‘Quick Release’ Emergency Relief Funding to California, Four U.S. Federal Land Management Agencies for Flood Damage Repair – FHWA (Media release)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

The hidden environmental costs of the transitioning to electric vehicles – NPR

How North Carolina is planning to recoup the gas tax from electric vehicles – WCNC-TV

A giant solar microgrid is coming to New York City’s JFK airport – Canary Media

Port of Long Beach doubles down on environmentalism, announces wind turbine facility – Long Beach Business Journal

Amsterdam’s Underwater Bike Garage Is Next-Level Cycling Infrastructure – CityLab

AIR QUALITY

Aviation Industry in Crosshairs for Next Biofuel Push – Roll Call

Traffic pollution can impair brain function – The Hill

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Can Nonprofit Electric Car-Shares Boost EV Affordability? – Governing

The Economic Impact Of EVs On Households – Not All Are Equal – CleanTechnica

Some cities turn to free public busing to counteract inequity – PBS NewsHour

NATURAL RESOURCES

With Howitzers and Helicopters, States Trigger Road-Clearing Avalanches – Stateline

Salton Sea lithium deposits could help EV transition, support economically devastated area – PBS NewsHour (video)

Environmentalist wants to see state funding used to restore water quality in Tampa Bay Area waterways – WTVT-TV

Wisconsin Governor Takes Total Control of Resources Agency – U.S. News and World Report

As Nutrient Reduction Strategy turns 10, why aren’t Iowa’s waters safer and cleaner? – Des Moines Register (Opinion)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

How to build a better bike-share program – Grist

Fort Smith directors pedal forward on new plan for bicyclists, pedestrians – Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

E-bike ban on hold in Key Biscayne. Will state and county act? – Key Biscayne Independent

Explosive Growth Expected Across the Micromobility Sector – Government Technology

Houston Transit Agency Proposes Bike Share Takeover – Planetizen

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

FY 2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Low or No Emission Grant Program and the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Competitive Program – FTA (Notice of funding opportunity)

Notice of Availability: Proposed Updates to Joint Development Circular – FTA (Notice)

Special Areas; Roadless Area Conservation; National Forest System Lands in Alaska – Forest Service (Final rule and record of decision)

Control of Air Pollution From New Motor Vehicles: Heavy-Duty Engine and Vehicle Standards – EPA (Final rule)

Reconsideration of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter – EPA (Proposed rule)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice; request for public comment.)

Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Mississippi River Hatchie/Loosahatchie, MS River Mile 775–736, Tennessee and Arkansas, Ecosystem Restoration Feasibility Study – Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Public Meeting of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park; Commission Notice – National Park Service (Meeting notice)

BNSF Railway Bridge Across the Missouri River Between Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota; Record of Decision – Coast Guard (Notice)

Renewable Energy Modernization Rule – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Environmental News Highlights – January 25, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

States Losing Gas Tax Revenue with EV Adoption – U.S. News & World Report

New Federal Cash Headed to Trail Projects Nationwide – Route Fifty

Report: How state and local leaders can harness new infrastructure funding to build a stronger, more inclusive workforce – Brookings

COVID-19

Justice Department asks court to reverse order banning airplane mask mandate to combat COVID – Reuters

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

FHWA Memo Useful Discussion Tool, Expert Says – Transport Topics

Michigan transportation officials want electric vehicles to pay for roads – WJRT-TV

Wyoming Legislators Want to Ban EVs by 2035 – Autoweek

Mississippi River dredging makes supply transport possible amid ongoing drought – Fox Business

Should Cities Use Cooler Pavements? – Transfers Magazine

AIR QUALITY

Faith groups, environmental justice advocates urge EPA to go further in new soot pollution rules – EarthBeat

A Roadmap for Decarbonizing California In-State Aviation Emissions – International Council on Clean Transportation

A Nudge Toward Greener Flying – Transfers Magazine

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Six Environmental Justice Policy Fights to Watch in 2023 – Inside Climate News

Transit Equity Day Family Fair – Santa Cruz Patch

Where You Go When Your Car is Home – Transfers Magazine

NATURAL RESOURCES

Virginia residents reject massive solar farm plan for third time over environmental concerns – Fox News

Reimagining Colorado’s Highways – Pagosa Daily Post

Clean Water Act fights pollution – Troy (AL) Messenger

How New York City’s Trees and Shrubs Help Clear Its Air – New York Times

Safety, wildlife crossings emerge in Highway 93 study between Lolo and Florence, Montana – KPAX-TV

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Pennsylvania and New Mexico universities score National Park Service grant to preserve Route 66 – The Architect’s Magazine

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Salt Lake City community group demands more measures to protect pedestrians – KSL-TV

A new lane in Chicago politics? Movement for more bike infrastructure grows – Chicago Tribune

Michigan’s chief mobility officer to step down – for a year of travel – MIBiz

Maine wants to make roads safer for bikes and pedestrians – Mainebiz

Macon’s roads are becoming deadlier for pedestrians, but few hit-and-runs are solved – Georgia Public Broadcasting

What Vision Zero has done for North Dakota in 5 years – KXMA-TV

DC explores idea to photograph and fine excessively noisy vehicles – WTOP Radio

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Business Development Grant Program To Provide Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems for Fiscal Year 2023 – Rural Business Cooperative Service (Notice)

Water Resources Development Act of 2022 Comment Period and Stakeholder Sessions – Army Corps of Engineers (Request for comments; announcement of stakeholder sessions)

National Wetland Plant List – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Notice)

Revised Definition of ‘‘Waters of the United States’’ – EPA (Final rule)

Finding of Failure To Submit State Implementation Plan Revisions Required Under Clean Air Act Section 185; California; Sacramento Metro Area – EPA (Final action)

Air Plan Approval; California; San Diego County Air Pollution Control DistrictEPA (Final rule)

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee: Request for Nominations – EPA (Notice)

Water Resources Policies and Authorities: Navigation Policy: Cost Apportionment of Bridge Alterations – Army Corps of Engineers (Final rule)

Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety – FTA (Notice of public meeting)

Approval of Teterboro Airport Noise Compatibility Program – FAA (Notice)

Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (Notice)

Evaluation of New York State Coastal Management Program; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments – Office for Coastal Management (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – January 18, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

State DOTs Discuss ‘National Vision’ for Transportation – AASHTO Journal

Federal climate forecasts could help prepare for extreme rain. But it’s years away – NPR’s Morning Edition

Biden-Harris Administration Releases First-Ever Blueprint to Decarbonize America’s Transportation Sector – USDOT (media release)

FTA Announces Approximately $20 Million Funding Opportunity to Help Communities Prosper Through Access to Transit – FTA (media release)

COVID-19

Federal COVID Aid to be Allowed for Disaster Infrastructure Use – AP

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

I-24 Motion Project with Lee Smith and Dr. Dan Work – AASHTO’s ETAP Podcast

Michigan chief mobility officer: ‘States need to write the playbook’ on EV charging – Smart Cities Dive

Lawmakers look to shape future of electric vehicle charging in North Dakota – Forum News Service

E-Bikes and the Bike Infrastructure of the Future – Planetizen

AIR QUALITY

Virginia Governor Wants To Cut Ties With California’s Electric Vehicle Plan – WJLA-TV

NYU researchers confirm ‘river-tunnel effect’ where air quality degrades in subway stations near river crossings – Mass Transit

Children living near airports may be exposed to high levels of lead: study – The Hill

U.S. Carbon Emissions Grew in 2022 – New York Times

Jersey City Joins Global Pledge to Reduce Emissions – City of Jersey City (media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Urban flooding research focused on climate equity in southeast Michigan – MLive

Taking Aim at Climate Injustice: US Focuses on Environmental Racism in 2023 – CNET

Achieving Equitable Mobility – Mass Transit (commentary)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Montana DOT Proposes Fences, Gates, Warning Signs To Curb Wildlife Deaths Caused By Vehicle Crashes – Nature World News

MoDOT volunteer shortage leads to trash build-up on I-70 – KTVI-TV

Your Questions Answered: Managing invasive plants in Florida’s natural areas – Southwest Florida Water Management District

A new bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers wants to highlight the state’s fragile water infrastructure – The Texas Tribune

California’s dilemma: How do you harness an epic amount of rain in a water-scarce state? Let it flood, scientists say – CNN

CULTURAL RESOURCES

SEPTA working to bring historic trolley rides back to Philly – KYW-TV

Bringing a Guitar to a Highway Fight – CityLab

PSU artists and transportation researchers team up on new comic book – BikePortland

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

TxDOT investing $250 million in bicycle and pedestrian programs – KETK-TV

Electric scooters and bikes could soon return to downtown St. Louis – KSDK-TV

Newtown Rail Trail Chugs Ahead With $2.5M In Grants For Bucks County – Newtown Patch

Feasibility study underway for Washington-Greenville greenway in North Carolina – WITN-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Assisted Resettlement and Community Viability on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast: Proceedings of a Workshop – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Smart Mobility Connection Webinar: Uber & Lyft in U.S. Cities: Findings and Recommendations – Mobility21, the National University Transportation Center for Improving Mobility (link to registration)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Notice of Availability of Final Initial Updated Policy Guidance for the Capital Investment Grants Program – FTA (Notice)

Guidance on Development and Implementation of Railroad Capital ProjectsFRA (Notice)

Partial Approval, Conditional Approval, and Partial Disapproval of Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Nevada; Infrastructure Requirements for Ozone EPA (Proposed rule)

Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; Coachella Valley Ozone Nonattainment Area; Reclassification to Extreme – EPA (Proposed rule)

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plan; Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut – EPA (Proposed rule)

Commercial Diving Operations – Coast Guard (Notice of proposed rulemaking; withdrawal)

Port Access Route Study: Approaches to Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts – Coast Guard (Notice of availability of draft report; extension of comment period)

Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on the National Volcano Early Warning System Advisory Committee – Geological Survey (Request for Nominations)

Environmental News Highlights – January 11, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

U.S. DOT RD&T Strategic Plan (FY 2022-2026) – Building a Better Transportation Future for All – USDOT

Inflation could sap infrastructure act’s buying power this year – Construction Dive

A new EPA proposal is reigniting a debate about what counts as ‘renewable’ – Grist

2023 Transportation Trends That Could Impact The Future Of Transportation – Forbes (contributed content)

EPA Proposes to Strengthen Air Quality Standards to Protect the Public from Harmful Effects of Soot – EPA (media release)

President Biden, Vice President Harris, Senior Administration Officials Kick Off 2023 Implementing Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – White House (media release)

COVID-19

As pandemic wanes, subway cars remain half-empty – The Hill

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

NYC launches $2 million study to ‘reimagine’ the Cross-Bronx Expressway – Gothamist

The Great Lakes Authority chipping away at the rust – Seatrade Maritime News

Updating local regulations may ease EV charging rollout – Smart Cities Dive

Challenges loom for gondola to Dodger Stadium planned for the 2028 Olympics – Los Angeles Times

AIR QUALITY

Massachusetts Governor issues her 1st executive order, creating climate chief – MassLive

DOE Boosts Hydrogen Efforts With $750 Million in FundingTransport Topics

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Tampa Mapping Effort Expands City Access for Visually Impaired – Government Technology

Funding for Central Mass. transit focuses on senior/disabled ridership – Telegram & Gazette

More than 100 businesses, residences at risk of displacement under TxDOT I-35 proposal – KXAN-TV

New SEPTA chief equity and inclusion officer wants to help the homeless – PhillyVoice

Governor Unveils Transportation Plan for Rural and Urban Tennessee – Tennessee Governor’s Office (media release)

NATURAL RESOURCES

Rollback of Trump-era water rules unlikely to alter Michigan regulations – mlive.com

CULTURAL RESOURCES

How Dual-Language Highway Signs In Wisconsin Will Revive Native Languages ‘In Crisis Mode’ – Wisconsin Public Radio

Vermont towns prepare for tourists as crews work to finish final stretch of Lamoille Valley Rail Trail – WCAX-TV

Expensive, Treacherous, Beautiful: The Battle Over Dirt Roads – New York Times

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

New York Governor Signs ‘Complete Streets’ Package – AASHTO Journal

Oklahoma DOT announces development of first Active Transportation PlanKXII-TV

Oregon DOT unveils new Innovative Mobility Program – KLCC Radio

New Massachusetts law adds protections for pedestrians and bicyclists – WBUR Radio

Stamford, Connecticut Moves Ahead With ‘Tactical Urbanism’ Solutions for Pedestrian Deaths – Connecticut Examiner

Atlanta eyes subsidizing e-bikes as popularity surges – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New pedestrian and bike paths set to revitalize Downtown Rockford, Illinois – WREX-TV

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

National Environmental Policy Act Guidance on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Change Council on Environmental Quality (Notice of interim guidance; request for comments)

Fiscal Year 2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Areas of Persistent Poverty Program – FTA (Notice of Funding Opportunity)

Port Access Route Study: Approaches to Maine, New Hampshire, and MassachusettsCoast Guard (Notice of availability of draft report; request for comments)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; January 2023 Virtual Meeting – Coast Guard (Notice)

Great Lakes Pilotage Advisory Committee Meeting; February 2023 Meeting – Coast Guard (Notice)

Finding of Failure To Attain and Reclassification of Las Vegas Area as Moderate for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard – EPA (Final rule)

Environmental News Highlights – January 4, 2023

FEDERAL ACTION

GAO Declares Controversial FHWA Memo a Rule AASHTO Journal

FTA awards inaugural grants through All Stations Accessibility Program – Mass Transit

The EPA finalizes a water rule that repeals Trump-era changes – AP

7 cases that reshaped environmental law in 2022 – E&E News Greenwire

NEPA

Environmental Groups Lose Appeal Over Trump Era NEPA Review Rule – Bloomberg Law

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Colorado DOT Creates Resiliency Video SeriesAASHTO Journal

Michigan Gov. Witmer backs fee for electric vehicles to fund road repairs – WJBK-TV

It’s electric: ADOT planning a statewide network of EV chargers along interstates – Cronkite News

With a national EV charging network on the horizon, can New Mexico keep up? KUNM Radio

Denver gave out huge rebates on electric bikes. Now it’s making the bike lanes they need Electrek

Navigating the e-bike boom with America’s outdated infrastructure – CNBC

Tampa installs a solar sidewalk to back up power for traffic signals at a downtown intersection – WUSF Radio

AIR QUALITY

Final EPA Standards for Heavy-Duty Vehicles to Slash Dangerous Pollution and Take Key Step Toward Accelerating Zero-Emissions Future – EPA (media release)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

DelDOT looking to ease the stress of Route 1 cycling – Cape Gazette

Safety For All: Equity In Moving Toward Zero Deaths – Pennsylvania DOT (blog)

Navigating the pandemic is only one of the hazards disabled people face when flying – Prism

Pilot Program In Stockton, California Aims To Increase Transportation Equity
– Bay City News Foundation

The inside story of how Portland, Oregon, tried to address decades of racist transit policies – Fast Company

NATURAL RESOURCES

Tennessee DOT Tallies Litter Cleanup Numbers – AASHTO Journal

New wildlife crossings aim to reconnect animals isolated by I-90 to north Cascades – KING-TV

MN Department of Transportation partners with farmers to help keep snow off the roads – Agweek

CULTURAL RESOURCES

President Biden Announces Appointments to Route 66 Centennial Commission – White House

Hawaiian diacritical markings to be added to signs along the Leeward coast – Hawai’i Department of Transportation (media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Fairfax County, Virginia could put bicycles and transit on par with cars when gauging transportation needs – FFXnow

IndyGo showing off first look at new multi-use path along Purple Line – WXIN-TV

NYC plans to reimagine 5th Avenue as a ‘world-class public space’ with expanded pedestrian, bike access – Staten Island Advance

New Routes Added To U.S. Bicycle Route System, Now More Than 18,000 Miles – Forbes

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS
Success Strategies for Metropolitan Planning Organizations – TRB (webinar)

Progress Toward Restoring the Everglades – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Information for Decision Making – National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program: Standards for 2023-2025 and Other Changes – EPA (Proposed rule)

Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Vehicle Miles Traveled Emissions Offset Demonstrations for the 2015 Ozone Standards; California – EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; Texas; Reasonable Further Progress Plan for the Dallas-Fort Worth Ozone Nonattainment Area – EPA (Supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking)

Notification of Request for Nominations to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council – EPA (Notice)

Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee Vacancies – Surface Transportation Board (Notice; solicitation of nominations)

Notice of Public Meetings of the Idaho Resource Advisory Council and the Lava Ridge Wind Project Subcommittee – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Application for Recertification of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council – Coast Guard (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Call for Nominations for the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group Federal Advisory Committee – Bureau of Reclamation (Notice)

Hazardous Materials: Enhanced Safety Provisions for Lithium Batteries Transported by Aircraft (FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Final rule)

Notice of Inventory Completion: Alabama Department of Transportation, Montgomery, ALNational Park Service (Notice)

Approval of LaGuardia Airport (LGA) Noise Compatibility Program – FAA (Notice)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Park City Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore MassachusettsBureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – December 21, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

Biden announces $2.5B loan for electric vehicle battery hubs in three states – The Hill

EPA revokes Trump-era air permitting policy – E&E News

EVs, Building Emissions Among Biden’s Sustainable Energy Priorities – Nextgov

How the Parking Garage Conquered the City – CityLab

COVID-19

Has Micromobility Finally Rebounded from Its COVID Downturn? – Government Technology

People who skipped their COVID vaccine are at higher risk of traffic accidents, according to a new study – Fortune

NEPA

Manchin’s permitting reform effort is dead. Biden’s climate agenda could be a casualty. – Vox

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Anticipating climate threats to infrastructure, VDOT unveils first resilience plan – WHRO Radio

The hard truth of building clean solar farms – Popular Science

Electric vehicle charging: What drivers say N.J.’s doing right and wrong. – NJ.com

‘Plastic Roads’ Are Paved With Good Intention – Stateline

Southern California Ports to Expand Electrification Efforts – Transport Topics

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plans Moving Forward in Alaska’s Northern Susitna Valley – KTNA Radio

AIR QUALITY

GOP legislators seek to repeal law hitching Va. to Calif. emissions standards – Richmond Times-Dispatch

Colorado air quality regulators approve ozone plan they know will fail – Colorado Newsline

Overview of Emissions of Carbon Dioxide in the Transportation SectorCongressional Budget Office (Summary, links to document)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

As transit agencies cut service, people in wheelchairs get stranded – Minnesota Reformer

With $1B at Stake, Clashes Emerge Over Highway Removal – Route Fifty

NATURAL RESOURCES

New York City’s Popular Online Tree Map Gets a Big Update – CityLab

What a Republican House means for water fights – E&E News

Rules finalized for e-bikes in Pennsylvania state parks and forests – WNEP-TV

New Mexico DOT crews build gabions to control erosion – KRQE-TV

Deputy Secretary Beaudreau Announces $228 Million for Wildfire Mitigation and Resilience from Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – US Department of Interior (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Governor Hochul Announces $24.3 Million for Recreation and Historic Preservation Projects Through Round XII of Regional Economic Development Council Initiative – New York State Governor’s Office (media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Colorado Officially Opens New ‘Highway Cover’ Park – AASHTO Journal

Fordham University to Ban E-Scooters, Bikes and Skateboards from Campus – WABC-TV

Tampa trials mobility-as-a-service app – Cities Today

The Circuit Trails completed 10 gaps throughout the Greater Philadelphia Region in 2022 – Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

An Arkansas Plan for the Future of Mobility – KUAF Radio’s Ozarks At Large

Improved walking and biking trails coming to California’s Northstate thanks to a $1 billion program – KRCR-TV

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Improving Health Care Through TransportationTCRP

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Public Hearing for Renewable Fuel Standards for 2023–2025 and Other ChangesEPA (Notice)

Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) Commercial ProjectBureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Sunrise Wind, LLC’s Proposed Sunrise Wind Farm Offshore New York – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments)

Proposed Revisions to the National Handbook of Conservation Practices for the Natural Resources Conservation Service – Natural Resources Conservation Service (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Environmental News Highlights – December 14, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

ETAP Podcast: AASHTO President Roger Millar – AASHTO Journal

The U.S. wants to slash carbon emissions from power plants. Natural gas is in the way – NPR

BIL-Funded Infrastructure Projects – USDOT (media release)

At White House Tribal Nations Summit, Transportation Secretary Buttigieg Announces New Actions to Support Better, Safer Infrastructure in Indian Country – USDOT (media release)

COVID-19

Face masks may return amid holiday ‘tripledemic’ of covid, flu and RSV – Washington Post

NEPA

Use of DOT Funds for Public Involvement – USDOT (media release)

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Virginia DOT Releases State’s First-Ever Resilience Plan – AASHTO Journal

Arizona DOT Reusing Highway Materials to Cut Costs – AASHTO Journal

State transportation officials vow better communication in wake of contentious interstate solar project in Augusta – Kennebec Journal

Virginia is studying whether to open a second inland port – Cardinal News

Study Shows The Majority Of California’s Coastal Airports Vulnerable To Increased Flooding Due To Climate Change – Society for Risk Analysis

AIR QUALITY

US Hydrogen Hubs Formed in Southwest, Southeast – Transport Topics

Scientists thought carbon emissions had peaked. They’ve never been higher. – Washington Post

Airlines Are Finally Admitting Contrails Are an Environmental Problem – Dallas Morning News

Colorado’s updated EV plan boosts incentives but avoids California-style ban on gas vehicles – Colorado Public Radio

Airports Will Increment Solar To Match 12x Electricity Demand By 2100CleanTechnica (commentary)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

EPA takes environmental justice push to coal country – E&E News

Supreme Court Admissions Case Could Upend Environmental Justice Laws – Stateline

Norman, Oklahoma community members with disabilities seek improved public transit accessibilityOU Daily

Washington DOT calls law enforcement presence at homeless camp ‘disappointing and harmful’ – KXLY-TV

NATURAL RESOURCES

Drivers not following the rules of the road leading to more closures on Snoqualmie Pass, WSDOT saysKING-TV

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Why activists are targeting famous art to protest climate change – PBS

Roadways for People: The Necessity of CollaborationPlanetizen (commentary)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Bozeman planning for ‘bicycle boulevards’ – Bozeman Daily Chronicle

DC officials planning a study to authorize non-vehicular transportation – GW Hatchet

How to Fix the Most Dangerous Streets in America – CityLab

Vision Zero and the struggle to bring down traffic fatalities in Texas – Texas Standard

North Carolina Alliance for Safe Transportation Launched with Focus on Teen Drivers – Up & Coming Weekly

‘The Street Project’ Chronicles The Fight To Make Roads Safer For Bikers And Pedestrians – Seven Days

Oklahoma is first state to offer transportation specific to mental health crisis – KTUL-TV

California Transportation Commission Awards $1 Billion to Disadvantaged Communities to Encourage More Walking and Biking – California Transportation Commission (media release, PDF)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stormwater Research Offers Economic and Green Benefits – TRB

Micromobility Policies, Permits, and Practices – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) Meeting – EPA (Notification of public meeting)

Safety Advisory 22–4 Suicide Prevention Signage on Public Transit – FTA (Notice of Safety Advisory)

Environmental News Highlights – December 7, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Helps Develop New ‘Mini Guide’ for EVs – AASHTO Journal

Addressing Transportation Insecurity through Equity – AASHTO Journal

Electric Vehicles Poised To Transform Economy, Says USDOTEngineering News-Record

TSA Considers Using Third-Party Assessors in Coming Pipeline Regulations – Nextgov

What They Are Saying: Environmental Justice and Congressional Leaders, Advocates Applaud the New Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool – White House (media release)

COVID-19

Still recovering from COVID-19, US public transit tries to get back on track – SciLine

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

Making Truck Stops into EV Charging Hubs Will Take Small-Town Levels of Power – Car & Driver

Will EV Charging Infrastructure Be Ready for Cyber Attacks? – Government Technology

Resiliency, EV evolution expected to be focus of Florida’s next gen transportation infrastructure
– Florida Politics

Interstate Solar Arrays Will Generate Clean Energy And Reduce Costs – Central Maine News (commentary)

VDOT Announces Resilience Plan To Provide Sustainable Future For Transportation Projects And Infrastructure – Virginia DOT (media release)

Simulations show how bridges are damaged during earthquakes, and how we can prevent it – American Association for the Advancement of Science (media release)

AIR QUALITY

New rules put Vermont on the road to phasing out sales of gas-powered cars – WCAX-TV

FHWA Expands Every Day Counts Program Expands To Curb Crashes And Emissions – Bloomberg CityLab

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Denver International to Build Center of Equity and Excellence in Aviation – Flying

NATURAL RESOURCES

Utah DOT Preps Howitzers For Avalanche Control – AASHTO Journal

Invasive Watch: Osage Orange – T&D World (sponsored content)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

South Chicago Set To Get Raised Bike Lanes, Markers Honoring History To Make Streets ‘Vibrant And Accessible,’ Leaders Say – Block Club Chicago

Three Ways to Explore Environmental Justice Through Art this Week – Washington Informer

Pennsylvania trail towns poised to capitalize on increasing access, popularity of rails to trails – Tribune-Review

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

New Jersey’s first adaptive mountain bike trail opens for riders with mobility issues Lehigh Valley Live

Another US state adds electric bike subsidy, this time with up to $1,700 rebate – Electrek

Homeless camps being moved out of Little Rock and North Little Rock – KTHV-TV

The Case for Guerrilla Crosswalks – CityLab

How Green Paint Can Save Cyclist’s Lives – Bicycling

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Developing Employer-Based Behavioral Traffic Safety Programs for Drivers in the Workplace – TRB

It Takes a (Big) Village: How a community of transportation pros is making mobility better. – Thinking Transportation (podcast)

Why ‘activity centers’ are key to greener commutes – Brookings

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Delegations of the Prevention of Significant Deterioration Air Permitting Program to the Maricopa County Air Quality Department and the Pima County Department of Environmental Quality – EPA (Notice)

Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) – Notice of Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Availability of Federally-Enforceable State Implementation Plans for All States – EPA (Notification)

Advisory Council for Climate Adaptation Science Establishment; Request for NominationsU.S. Geological Survey (Notice)

Reopening of Comment Period for Proposed Voluntary Agreement at Statue of Liberty National Monument and Governors Island National Monument – FAA (Notice)

Environmental News Highlights – November 30, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

AASHTO Offers Feedback on Vulnerable Road Users – AASHTO Journal

White House releases environmental justice screening tool – E&E News

Three Midwestern States to Watch as They Navigate Equitable Rollout for EV Charging – Inside Climate News

How to design clean energy subsidies that work – without wasting money on free riders – The Conversation

Manchin’s permitting deal is a major setback for environmental justice – The Hill (Opinion)

COVID-19

Washington Ferries won’t rehire unvaxxed workers amid crew shortages – The Center Square

Cities became more pedestrian-friendly during the pandemic. Many aren’t going back – NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

How Buffalo Survives Supercharged Snow – CityLab

States Test an Electrifying Idea: Roads That Can Recharge Your EV – Pew

Tackling Supply Chain Challenges and Climate Change – St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

Hurricanes knock out traffic lights. Could a Tampa solar sidewalk change that? – Tampa Bay Times

Four Considerations for Building Out Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – Route Fifty (Commentary)

AIR QUALITY

Decarbonization of US aviation sector ‘within reach’: study – The Hill

Across New York, a Fleet of Google Street View Vehicles Tracks an Array of Key Pollutants – Inside Climate News

From EV school buses to tractors, US seeks zero-emission heavy-duty transport by 2040 – Electrek

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

In a Rural Corner of the West, a Local Level Push to Revive Passenger RailRoute Fifty

Researchers Create Toolkit to Address Disparities in Transportation and MobilityInsight Into Diversity

Buttigieg gets an earful about tribal roads during his stop in N.M – Source NM

Disabilities organizations, individuals sue DC over new bike lane designs – WTOP Radio

Bike advocates sue Portland, Oregon for failing ‘to meet its most basic legal obligations to provide safe streets’ – Cycling Weekly

NATURAL RESOURCES

llinois DOT: Changing Mowing Practices to Protect Landscapes – AASHTO Journal

Arizona DOT Highlights Benefit of Elk Fencing Project – AASHTO Journal

U.S. Department of Transportation Providing the U.S. Forest Service $5.2 Million in ‘Quick Release’ Emergency Relief Funding to Repair Hurricane Fiona Damage in Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest – FHWA (media release)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Wisconsin Governor, Joins Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, WisDOT to unveil dual-language highway signsWisconsin Governor’s Office (media release)

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Invests $300,000 in Community-Led Projects to Boost Safety, Connection and Inclusion on America’s Trails – Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (media release)

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Where ‘Vision Zero’ Is Working – CityLab

Traffic congestion may contribute to lower birthweight – Boston University School of Public Health

Passengers with Disabilities: Barriers to Accessible Air Travel Remain – GAO

Urban planners and the regulation of sound in our cities – Quiet Communities (blog)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

Environmental Challenges and Prospects for Community Relocation in Houston and Port Arthur, Texas: Proceedings of a Workshop – TRB

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

FY 2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Transit Standards Development – FTA (Notice)

Outer Continental Shelf Air Regulations; Consistency Update for Massachusetts – EPA (Final rule)

Control of Air Pollution From Aircraft Engines: Emission Standards and Test Procedures – EPA (Final rule)

Great Lakes Advisory Board Notice for Virtual Meeting – EPA (Notice)

Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit – EPA (Notice, request for public comment)

Official Release of EMFAC2021 Motor Vehicle Emission Factor Model for Use in the State of California – EPA (Notice of availability)

John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System; Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin; Draft 5-Year Review Boundaries – Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force Meeting – Fish and Wildlife Service (Notice)

Natural Disaster Procedures: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities of the Corps of EngineersArmy Corps of Engineers (Proposed rule)

Notice of Consideration of Demand Response and Electric Vehicle Standards – Tennessee Valley Authority (Notice with request for comments)

Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail Program; Northeast Corridor Project Inventory – FRA (Notice of availability)

Notice of the December 7 and 8, 2022, Teleconference Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reconciliation in Place Names – National Park Service (Notice)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Empire Offshore Wind, LLC’s Proposed Wind Energy Facility Offshore New York – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Notice; request for comments

Jefferson National Forest; Monroe County, West Virginia; Giles and Montgomery County, Virginia. Mountain Valley Pipeline and Equitrans Expansion Project Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement – Forest Service (Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement)

Establishment of the Marine and Coastal Area-Based Management Advisory Committee and Solicitation of Nominations for Membership – NOAA (Notice)

National Boating Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies – Coast Guard (Request for applications)

Environmental News Highlights – November 16, 2022

FEDERAL ACTION

The ‘Moonshot’ Project: Creating a New Transportation Vision – AASHTO Journal

Biden takes aim at methane emissions with new rules on oil and gas industry – NBC News

Voters weigh in on transportation issues – Land Line

Can a 10-year federal infrastructure plan really sustain itself for 10 years?WFED Radio

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Roadmap for Nature-Based Solutions to Fight Climate Change, Strengthen Communities, and Support Local Economies – White House (Factsheet)

US Announcements Under the Green Shipping Challenge at COP27 – US Department of State (Factsheet)

EPA Takes Action to Address Illegal Destruction of Streams and Wetlands in Missouri and Nebraska – EPA Region 7 (media release)

COVID-19

COVID-19 Reshaped the Work and Mobility Landscape in U.S. Cities – Government Technology

INFRASTRUCTURE RESILIENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY

‘There are places where, if you were starting from scratch, cars wouldn’t make sense’: Pete Buttigieg on redesigning cities – Fast Company

City of Tampa testing solar sidewalk to power traffic intersection – WTVT-TV

Study Finds On-Street Lampost EV Chargers Are Lowest-Carbon Solution – InsideEVs

The Move To Re-Route Interstate 80 Has Hit A Roadblock Because Of The $12.6 Billion Price Tag – Cowboy State Daily

Taking action since Hurricane Sandy: Preparing a climate-ready workforce before the next storm hits – Brookings

California voters reject Proposition 30, the ‘millionaires’ tax for electric vehicles – Sacramento Bee

America’s First All-Electric Transit Agency Isn’t What You Might Expect – CityLab

AIR QUALITY

U.S. will consider new locomotive pollution regulations – Reuters

After spending millions, TARC’s downtown Louisville electric bus fleet sits idle – WDRB-TV

Ports of LA, Long Beach, Singapore collaborate on green shipping corridor – Spectrum News 1

Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions drop 19 percent in two years, new sustainability report shows – Vanderbilt University

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Louisiana DOTD’s Wilson: ‘Remain Committed to Equity’ – AASHTO Journal

Charlotte plans an EV sharing service at affordable housing sites – WFAE Radio

NATURAL RESOURCES


In bill gutting wetland protection, lawmakers agreed to a study. It found new law harmful – Indianapolis Star

The benefits of wetlands in Florida – WINK-TV

How beavers could help protect water quality from climate change – Colorado Public Radio

Prairies to preservation: Emerging landscape used to its advantage in maintaining roadsides in Ford County, Illinois – Illinois DOT (blog)

CULTURAL RESOURCES

Utah DOT Releases All Comments On Little Cottonwood Canyon Gondola: There Are Over 13,000  – KSL-TV

HEALTH AND HUMAN ENVIRONMENT/ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Fairfax County, Virginia leaders celebrate new bicycle, pedestrian bridge over I-495 – WJLA-TV

Hawaii DOT Gets Fast and Furious Installing Raised Crosswalks – FHWA Innovator

Flagstaff adopts Active Transportation Master Plan for improved walking and biking – Arizona Daily Sun

From Rails to Trails: The Making of America’s Active Transportation Network – HistoryNet.com (book review)

TRB RESOURCES/ANNOUNCEMENTS

State DOTs Perspective on Pavement Resilience – TRB (Webinar)

Transportation for Veterans Can Use a Blueprint from TRB – TRB

Accessibility Measures in Practice – NCHRP

Accessibility Measures in Practice: A Guide for Transportation Agencies – NCHRP

Language MattersDiversity, Equity and Inclusion Lunch & Learn – National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (Webinar)

FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICES

Delegation of New Source Performance Standards and National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for the States of Arizona and California – EPA (Final rule)

Pipeline Safety: Notice of Availability of the Tier 1 Nationwide Environmental Assessment for the Natural Gas Distribution Infrastructure Safety and Modernization Grant Program – Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice)

Tongass National Forest; Alaska; Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Facility Improvements Project – Forest Service (Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental draft environmental impact statement)

Notice of Intent To Amend the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Copper Rays Solar Project in Nye County, Nevada – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)