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    CMAQ funds are available for West Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, and Livingston Projects

    Call for CMAQ Project Proposals

    • For all projects, a 20% local match is required
    • Send project ideas and proposals to Ravi Ponnapureddy by Mid-April
    • Proposals Due:  May 2, 2016
    • Questions? Call Ravi at 225-383-5203


    On October 1st, the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, strengthened the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ground-Level ozone to 70 parts per billion (ppb) from the previous 75 ppb.  In the EPA’s public release about the new standard, the EPA stated that the new national standard was imposed “to protect public health.”

    Due to the new standard, the Baton Rouge area faces threat of being classified in nonattainment again.  In the past, the five-parish region struggled to meet the standard.  When classified in nonattainment, the region experienced emissions inspections imposed on vehicles and stricter rules for industrial development.

    The Baton Rouge area could still be classified in attainment if the next air monitoring report shows lower levels of ozone pollution or smog.  To determine if a Metropolitan area is in attainment or not, the areas are graded through an average of three years’ worth of air monitoring information. 

    With the new standard, the area now has Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds available to fund transportation projects or programs that will contribute to attainment or maintenance of the NAAQS for ozone, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter. 

    The funds are aimed to improving air quality and relieving congestion.  For the 5-parish Capital Region, the Capital Region Planning Commission is calling for CMAQ projects for years 2020-2024.  For all projects, a 20% local match is required. 

    See the tables below for information on high and medium priority CMAQ projects. 

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    CMAQ ineligibility includes: roads classified as Rural Minor Collector and Local are not eligible for federal funds, building new roads and widening existing roads are not eligible for CMAQ funds, and the Federal Highway Administration’s Program Guidance will help to identify both eligible and ineligible projects.

    Again, CMAQ funds are only available to parishes in ozone nonattainment and maintenance parishes.

    Based on the Department of Transportation Development (DOTD) the following 5 parishes are eligible for funds:

    • East Baton Rouge
    • West Baton Rouge
    • Iberville
    • Ascension
    • Livingston

     

    Information for applications:

    • All applications must identify sponsorship by a government entity such as a city, parish, or state government organization that can provide non-federal matching funds. 

    • An emissions analysis showing reductions for NOx and VOC, and DOTD Stage 0 documents must be included with the submittal of proposed projects. 

    • Applications should include a clear project timeline for implementation.

    • Applications should include six hardcopies of the Stage 0 documents, air quality analysis, and the proposed projects.

    • Applications are due May 2, 2016.

    How CRPC can help:
    The Capital Region Planning Commission can perform an emissions analysis and prepare the air quality report for submittal with the application.  If assistance is needed, please contact Ravi Ponnapureddy at [email protected]  or (225) 383-5203 by mid-April (at least 3-4 weeks prior to the deadline). 

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