in the Same Community
An April 1998 study performed by the EPA's Urban and Economic Development Division, entitled "Transportation and Environmental Impacts of Infill and Greenfield Development", found that VMT could be reduced by as much as 61 percent by developing at infill sites compared to outlying greenfieids. Based on this and other analyses, the EPA evaluated the potential performance of the Atlantic Steel site relative to three other likely locations and evaluated the potential for carbon monoxide (CO) emission hot spots associated with development at the Atlantic Steel site. To analyze the transportation and air emissions impact of the project, the EPA used the Atlanta regional transportation and MOBILES emissions models to compare development at the Atlantic Steel site to similar development at outlying greenfields. Analysis of regional transportation and air emissions impacts show that absorbing a larger portion of Atlanta's future growth at the Atlantic Steel site would result in up to 34 percent fewer VMT and up to 45 percent fewer NO emissions than if the growth were to occur at likely alternative sites. Analysis of potential CO emissions indicated that CO hot spots would not occur.