Other Environmental Topics
This website provides information on FHWA's air quality programs, including transportation conformity, air toxics, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) program.
Transportation investments have major influences on society, with significant economic and social consequences. The community impact assessment process alerts transportation planners, decisionmakers, and stakeholders to the likely consequences of a project, and ensures that human values and concerns receive proper attention during project development. Several Federal regulations
support the need for a process to evaluate impacts on the human environment. The following resources are available to provide additional information on community impact assessments:
Hazardous Waste & Brownfields
The FWHA Brownfields website provides information on policy and programs related to hazardous waste and contaminated sites. Additional regulation and guidance on hazardous waste can be found here.
This website provides information on FHWA’s highway traffic noise programs, including Noise Compatible Planning, Source Controls, and Highway Project Noise Mitigation.
Section 6(f) of the Land and Water Conservation Act requires that the conversion of lands or facilities acquired with Land and Water Conservation Act funds be coordinated with the Department of Interior. The following resources are available to provide additional information.
The public nature and visual importance of our highways necessitates that visual impacts-beneficial as well as adverse-be adequately assessed and considered when a highway project is developed. Public concern over adverse visual impacts can be a major source of project opposition. Highway agencies can help to resolve these controversies by assessing visual impacts, determining the effectiveness of mitigation measures, and incorporating any opportunities for enhancing the visual experience of both travelers and neighbors in the design of their facilities. These guidelines represent the FHWA's current thinking about best practices on this topic.
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