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Juneau State Office Mailing Address Update

All mail sent to the DEC office in Juneau through the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed to P.O. Box 111800, Juneau, AK, 99811. Beginning October 1, all mail addressed to our Willoughby Avenue address will not be delivered and will be returned to sender by the Post Office. This change only impacts incoming mail to the Juneau office.

General Conformity

General conformity is a process required by the Clean Air Act (CAA), which establishes the framework for improving air quality to protect public health and the environment. On November 30, 1993, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated General conformity Regulations which apply to all federal actions other than the highways and mass transit.

These regulations were put in place to prevent air quality impacts of Federal actions from causing or contributing to a violation of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) or interfering with the purpose of a State Implementation Plan (SIP), Tribal Implementation Plans (TIP) or Federal Implementation Plan ( FIP) in a nonattainment or maintenance areas.

The implementation of the existing General Conformity Regulations process falls into three phases:

  • Applicability Analysis
  • Conformity Determination
  • Review Process

General Conformity does not apply to actions:

  • Affecting cars and buses (actions subject to transportation conformity);
  • Causing a small amount of emissions (de minimis levels);
  • That are presumed to conform; and
  • Specifically identified in the regulations as exempt

General Conformity basic steps (Image credit: //www.epa.gov/oar/genconform/training/01_mod_1_Sec_1-1.html)