|Federal agencies that contribute to EPA's environmental goals, and how they make a difference.|
|Programs by EPA Strategic Goal
1. Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
2. Protecting America's Waters
3. Cleaning Up and Sustainable Development
4. Safety of Chemicals and Preventing Pollution
Programs by Agency
AID, ARC, CNCS, CPSC, CSB, DHS, DOC, DOD, DOE, DOI, DOJ, DOL, DOS, DOT, ED, FHFA, GSA, HHS, HUD, NASA, NRC, NSF, OSTP, SBA, TVA, USDA, USPS, USTR, VA
Department of Transportation
EPA Goal 1: Climate Change and Improving Air Quality
The FHWA has undertaken a PM Research Program to determine the contribution of mobile sources to PM emissions and to quantify this relationship as accurately as possible. This is important since areas designated as nonattainment must develop plans for reducing their emissions. PM is one of the air quality criteria pollutants outlined in the Clean Air Act that are generated, in part, by motor vehicles. PM has gained interest since it is a significant pollutant coming from diesel vehicles which are critical to both the transit and transportation freight industries. Another distinction between PM and the other criteria pollutants is that one form of PM, (DPM), has been identified as a probable carcinogen and listed as an "air toxic" compound by EPA.
The AP-42 emissions factor for Paved Roads is one component of the High Priority Research Topic. The second and third highest priority research programs is the Modeling to: 1) Evaluate hot-spot models and 2) Develop and evaluate PM emissions models. The AP-42 Paved Roads emissions factor is part of the MOVES model developed by OTAQ and required for all transportation conformity plans.
Source(s) of Information
1. DOT: The FHWA Particulate Matter (PM) Program
Related EPA Program(s)
Research: Air, Climate and Energy:
The Air, Climate and Energy (ACE) Research Program promotes innovative, sustainable, and integrated solutions to air pollution and climate change. For example, the ACE Program provides research to EPA’s programs to improve public health and the environment, increase life expectancy, and protect the most susceptible populations. ACE provides models and tools necessary for policy makers at all levels of community and government to make the best decisions.
ACE’s integrated research supports the Agency’s implementation of the Clean Air Act (CAA), especially the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), which set limits on how much tropospheric ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and lead are allowed in the atmosphere. The program also evaluates the risks associated with hazardous air pollutants, also known as air toxics. ACE is an active participant in the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), the interagency Federal effort to improve scientific understanding of climate change and global change.
Beginning in FY2012, the following Research Programs will be integrated into the Air, Climate and Energy Research Program:
• Clean Air Research
• Global Change Research
• Biofuels Research (within the Sustainability Program)
• Mercury Research (within the Human Health and Ecosystems Program)
• Clinger Cohen Act,
• Economy Act