A portion of the Fairbanks & North Pole area is designated a Carbon Monoxide Maintenance Area. An even larger portion has been designated a PM 2.5 Non-Attainment Area. In an effort to ensure that transportation improvements and future transportation development does not negatively impact regional air quality, it must be demonstrated that the projects listed in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) conform with the Transportation Control Measures (TCMs) of the most recent State Air Quality Implementation Plan (SIP).
FMATS has completed the process of developing the Transportation Air Quality Conformity Determination for Carbon Monoxide for both the MTP and TIP.
Past reports can be obtained in the FMATS Archives.
The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the development of transportation conformity determinations within the Fairbanks PM2.5 Non-Attainment Area can be found by clicking here: MOU for Fairbanks Transportation Conformity
The Memorandum of Agreement for the selection and funding of projects funded by CMAQ within the Fairbanks non-attainment area for PM2.5 can be found by clicking here: MOU for Selecting and Funding of Projects Funded by CMAQ
Request to Divide the Non-attainment Area: Fairbanks and North Pole
The Fairbanks North Star Borough has a PM2.5 Non-attainment area for air quality. The Alaska State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has requested that the Borough area be divided into two separate boundaries. The greater Fairbanks area and the greater North Pole area would be divided along Badger Road.
Splitting into two areas “would allow air quality plans and controls that best fit the situation in each area” considering North Pole has a higher levels of PM2.5 pollution.
For more information, visit the DEC Division of Air Quality website.
FMATS is drafting a resolution in support of the split of the non-attainment area in a timely manner and in order to save DEC planning funds for approval. The resolution draft will appear at the Technical Committee Meeting on January 6, 2016 and will be sent to the Policy Committee for approval and signature on January 20, 2016.
Additional Transportation & Air Quality Resources
DEC, Division of Air Quality Home Page
DEC, Transportation Conformity Consultation Procedure
DEC, Particulate Matter – Background Information
DEC, Carbon Monoxide- Background Information
Fairbanks North Star Borough Air Quality Forecast