Air Traffic Noise, Fuel Burn, and Emissions Modeling Using the Aviation Environmental Design Tool Version 2a, 18297-18298 [2012-7354]

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The policy statement is intended to ensure consistency and quality of analysis performed to assess noise, fuel burn, and emissions impacts of such actions under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) §§ 4321 et seq. DATES: Effective March 21, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Cointin, Office of Environment and Energy (AEE), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591; Telephone: (202) 493–5047. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, describes FAA policies and procedures for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 2.4c, states ‘‘the [Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System] EDMS is FAA’s required methodology for performing air quality analysis modeling for aviation sources.’’ Section 2.4d states that ‘‘[e]xcept for air toxics or where advance written approval has been granted to use an equivalent methodology and computer model by the FAA Office of Environment and Energy, the air quality analyses for aviation emission sources from airport and FAA proposed projects conducted to satisfy NEPA, general conformity, and 49 USC 47106(c) requirements under the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (as amended) must be prepared using the most recent EDMS model available at the start of the environmental analysis process.’’ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27MRN1.SGM 27MRN1 18298 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 27, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 13.2a describes the FAA policy to conserve resources such as energy, and the requirement ‘‘to identify any proposed major changes in stationary facilities or the movement of aircraft and ground vehicles that would have a measurable effect on local supplies of energy or natural resources.’’ FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 14.5e states that for ‘‘air traffic airspace actions where the study area is larger than the immediate vicinity of an airport, incorporates more than one airport, or includes actions above 3,000 feet [Above Ground Level—AGL], noise modeling will be conducted using [the Noise Integrated Routing System— NIRS].’’ The FAA developed the AEDT 2a to model aircraft noise, fuel burn, and emissions for air traffic airspace and procedure actions for which the use of NIRS is currently required. AEDT 2a has the capability to model aircraft performance based on fleet mix, airport configuration, and operations schedule. These data are used to compute aircraft noise, fuel burn and emissions simultaneously. By standardizing these data, AEDT 2a will help FAA stakeholders make more informed decisions on specific environmental impacts of aviation. Policy Statement Effective March 21, 2012, AEDT 2a is the required tool for noise, fuel burn, and emissions modeling of air traffic airspace and procedure actions where the study area is larger than the immediate vicinity of an airport, incorporates more than one airport, or includes actions above 3,000 feet AGL. Consistent with current FAA policy and practice, the use of AEDT 2a is not required for projects whose analysis began before the effective date of this policy. In the event AEDT 2a is updated after the environmental analysis process if underway, the updated version may, but need not, be used to provide additional disclosure concerning noise, fuel burn, and emissions. FAA–AEE has approved AEDT 2a as an ‘‘equivalent methodology’’ to EDMS for developing aircraft-only emissions inventories when required for air traffic airspace and procedure actions. FAA–AEE has approved AEDT 2a to analyze fuel burn to inform the discussion of energy impacts and to assist in assessing greenhouse gas emissions for air traffic airspace and procedure actions. FAA–AEE has issued AEDT 2a to replace NIRS as the required tool to analyze noise and fuel burn for air traffic airspace and procedure actions. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Mar 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 This policy statement is issued to ensure consistency and quality of analysis performed to comply with requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) §§ 4321 et seq. Issued in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2012. Lourdes Q. Maurice, Executive Director, Office of Environment and Energy. [FR Doc. 2012–7354 Filed 3–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA 2012–0074] Improvements to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) Motor Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; request for public comment. AGENCY: FMCSA announces planned improvements to the Carrier Safety Measurement System (SMS) which was implemented in December 2010 as part of the Agency’s broader Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative. A preview of these improvements will be available to motor carriers and law enforcement on March 27, 2012. The system changes are scheduled to be available to the public in July 2012. There will be additional opportunity for public comment on the changes after the preview period ends in July 2012. The improvements to SMS announced in this notice are based on ongoing analysis and feedback from enforcement personnel, the motor carrier industry, and other stakeholders. The changes more effectively identify and prioritize high-risk and other unsafe motor carriers for enforcement interventions designed to reduce commercial motor vehicle crashes and hazardous materials incidents. Starting on March 27, 2012, FMCSA will provide motor carriers with the ability to preview how the improvements impact their individual safety data in SMS. These improvements include: (1) Changes to the SMS methodology that identify higher risk carriers while addressing industry biases; (2) better applications of SMS results for Agency interventions by more accurately identifying safety sensitive carriers (i.e., carriers SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00097 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 transporting people and carriers hauling hazardous materials (HM)), so that such firms can be selected for CSA interventions at more stringent levels; and, (3) more specific fact-based displays of SMS results on the SMS Web site. The data preview may be found at http://csa.fmcsa.dot.gov/. During the data preview period, the Agency requests comments on the impacts of the changes. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System Number FMCSA– 2012–0074 by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Fax: 1- 202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management Facility, (M–30), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building, Ground Floor, Room 12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The telephone number is 202–366–9329. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. All submissions must include the Agency name and docket number for this notice. See the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading below for instructions on submitting comments and additional information. Note that all comments received, including any personal information provided, will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov. Please see the ‘‘Privacy Act’’ heading below. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18297-18298]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7354]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Aviation Administration


Air Traffic Noise, Fuel Burn, and Emissions Modeling Using the 
Aviation Environmental Design Tool Version 2a

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Policy Statement.

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SUMMARY: This document provides a statement of FAA policy concerning 
the required use of the Aviation Environmental Design Tool version 2a 
(AEDT 2a) to analyze noise, fuel burn, and emissions for FAA air 
traffic airspace and procedure actions where the study area is larger 
than the immediate vicinity of an airport, incorporates more than one 
airport, or includes actions above 3,000 feet above ground level (AGL). 
The policy statement is intended to ensure consistency and quality of 
analysis performed to assess noise, fuel burn, and emissions impacts of 
such actions under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(NEPA), as amended, 42 United States Code (U.S.C.) Sec. Sec.  4321 et 
seq.

DATES: Effective March 21, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Cointin, Office of Environment 
and Energy (AEE), Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591; Telephone: (202) 493-5047.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental 
Impacts: Policies and Procedures, describes FAA policies and procedures 
for compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
    Under FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 2.4c, states ``the 
[Emissions and Dispersion Modeling System] EDMS is FAA's required 
methodology for performing air quality analysis modeling for aviation 
sources.'' Section 2.4d states that ``[e]xcept for air toxics or where 
advance written approval has been granted to use an equivalent 
methodology and computer model by the FAA Office of Environment and 
Energy, the air quality analyses for aviation emission sources from 
airport and FAA proposed projects conducted to satisfy NEPA, general 
conformity, and 49 USC 47106(c) requirements under the Clean Air Act 
Amendments of 1990 (as amended) must be prepared using the most recent 
EDMS model available at the start of the environmental analysis 
process.''

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    FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 13.2a describes the FAA 
policy to conserve resources such as energy, and the requirement ``to 
identify any proposed major changes in stationary facilities or the 
movement of aircraft and ground vehicles that would have a measurable 
effect on local supplies of energy or natural resources.''
    FAA Order 1050.1E, Appendix A, Section 14.5e states that for ``air 
traffic airspace actions where the study area is larger than the 
immediate vicinity of an airport, incorporates more than one airport, 
or includes actions above 3,000 feet [Above Ground Level--AGL], noise 
modeling will be conducted using [the Noise Integrated Routing System--
NIRS].''
    The FAA developed the AEDT 2a to model aircraft noise, fuel burn, 
and emissions for air traffic airspace and procedure actions for which 
the use of NIRS is currently required. AEDT 2a has the capability to 
model aircraft performance based on fleet mix, airport configuration, 
and operations schedule. These data are used to compute aircraft noise, 
fuel burn and emissions simultaneously. By standardizing these data, 
AEDT 2a will help FAA stakeholders make more informed decisions on 
specific environmental impacts of aviation.

Policy Statement

    Effective March 21, 2012, AEDT 2a is the required tool for noise, 
fuel burn, and emissions modeling of air traffic airspace and procedure 
actions where the study area is larger than the immediate vicinity of 
an airport, incorporates more than one airport, or includes actions 
above 3,000 feet AGL. Consistent with current FAA policy and practice, 
the use of AEDT 2a is not required for projects whose analysis began 
before the effective date of this policy. In the event AEDT 2a is 
updated after the environmental analysis process if underway, the 
updated version may, but need not, be used to provide additional 
disclosure concerning noise, fuel burn, and emissions.
    FAA-AEE has approved AEDT 2a as an ``equivalent methodology'' to 
EDMS for developing aircraft-only emissions inventories when required 
for air traffic airspace and procedure actions.
    FAA-AEE has approved AEDT 2a to analyze fuel burn to inform the 
discussion of energy impacts and to assist in assessing greenhouse gas 
emissions for air traffic airspace and procedure actions.
    FAA-AEE has issued AEDT 2a to replace NIRS as the required tool to 
analyze noise and fuel burn for air traffic airspace and procedure 
actions.
    This policy statement is issued to ensure consistency and quality 
of analysis performed to comply with requirements under the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, 42 United States 
Code (U.S.C.) Sec. Sec.  4321 et seq.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 21, 2012.
Lourdes Q. Maurice,
Executive Director, Office of Environment and Energy.
[FR Doc. 2012-7354 Filed 3-26-12; 8:45 am]
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