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EPA redesignates Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties as attainment areas for PM2.5 under the Clean Air Act

NOACA also releases 2018 Air Quality Trends Report

Post Date:04/19/2019 3:00 PM

CLEVELAND (April 19, 2019)  The U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the Ohio’s EPA request to redesignate the Cleveland area to attainment of the 2012 annual national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standards) for fine particulate matter under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

EPA is approving a determination that the Cleveland area has attained the 2012 annual PM2.5 standard, based on the most recent three years of certified air quality data. This action also approves the maintenance plan for the 2012 annual PM2.5 NAAQS as revision to the Ohio SIP for the Cleveland area. Finally, EPA is approving 2022 and 2030 primary PM2.5 and nitrogen oxide motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for the Cleveland area. These MVEBs will be used in future transportation conformity analyses for the area. 

NOACA has awarded $62.1 million from 2017-2019, (3 year program), toward the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program, which provides federal funding for transportation projects that improve congestion and air quality. The Agency has also funded the Signal Timing Optimization Program (STOP), which improves corridors by optimizing traffic signals, reduces fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. Under the STOP, fuel savings reached 742,300 gallons; emissions savings resulted in 6000 metric tons; and delay savings boast 729,500 hours. This is a benefit cost ratio of 26:1. 

NOACA issues yearly reports to present information on air quality trends in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, and Summit counties for the six criteria pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide. The Agency’s latest report is available for review. 

A full copy of the 2018 Air Quality Trends Report and Visual Information Card are available at www.noaca.org under Regional Planning/Air Quality and at the following link: https://www.noaca.org/regional-planning/air-quality-planning/air-quality-trends-reports

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) is a transportation and environmental planning agency that represents state, county, city, village, and township officials in Greater Cleveland. NOACA addresses the transportation, air quality, and water quality needs of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties. The agency and its partners cooperatively develop and implement plans to ensure that travel throughout the region is safe, cost-effective and environmentally sound.  NOACA’s vision is to STRENGTHEN regional cohesion, PRESERVE existing infrastructure, and BUILD a sustainable multimodal transportation system to SUPPORT economic development and ENHANCE quality of life in Northeast Ohio.

Media Contact: Danielle Render, Director of External Engagement & Public Affairs,  
216-241-2414, ext. 253, or drender@mpo.noaca.org