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State Implementation Plan (SIP) Revision & Designated Pollutant Plan Approvals


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The following SIP revision approval for West Virginia appears in the July 21, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Minor New Source Review 79 FR 42211 (Final Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. The revision will expedite the processing of certain preconstruction permits issued under West Virginia’s minor New Source Review (NSR) Program. Notably, the revision will allow, in certain circumstances, construction prior to obtaining a permit, and will allow equipment and materials to be delivered and stored onsite prior to permit issuance. EPA is approving these revisions to West Virginia’s minor NSR Program in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 20, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 15, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards 79 FR 41437 (Final Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the State of Maryland pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The State of Maryland has made submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 lead (Pb) NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on August 15, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 14, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards 79 FR 40664 (Final Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland pursuant to the Clean Air Act (CAA). Whenever new or revised National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) are promulgated, the CAA requires states to submit a plan for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of such NAAQS. The plan is required to address basic program elements, including, but not limited to regulatory structure, monitoring, modeling, legal authority, and adequate resources necessary to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The State of Maryland has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on August 13, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Delaware, District of Columbia and West Virginia appears in the July 10, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Delaware, District of Columbia, and West Virginia; Control of Emissions from Existing Sewage Sludge Incinerator Units – 79 FR 39334 (Final Rule) 79 FR 39360 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the Clean Air Act (CAA) negative declarations for the State of Delaware, the District of Columbia, and the State of West Virginia for existing sewage sludge incinerator (SSI) units. These negative declarations certify that SSI units subject to the requirements of sections 111(d) and 129 of the CAA do not exist within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). EPA is accepting the negative declarations in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on September 8, 2014. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 11, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the July 10, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Control of Commercial Fuel Oil Sulfur Limits for Combustion Units – 79 FR 39330 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision will implement low-sulfur fuel oil provisions that will reduce the amount of sulfur in fuel oils used in combustion units, which will aid in reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions and the formation of sulfates that cause decreased visibility. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 10, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 9, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Low Emission Vehicle Program – 79 FR 38787 (Final Rule) 79 FR 38810 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to Maryland's incorporation by reference of the most recent amendments to California's Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program. The Clean Air Act (CAA) contains authority by which other states may adopt new motor vehicle emissions standards that are identical to California's standards. Maryland has adopted by reference California's light and medium-duty vehicle emissions and fuel standards, and consistent with California, submits amendments to these standards as revisions to the State's SIP. In this SIP revision, Maryland is updating its Low Emissions Vehicle Program regulation to adopt by reference California's Advanced Clean Car Program. This action is being taken under the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on September 8, 2014. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 8, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania and Delaware appear in the June 17, 2014 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania;Portable Fuel Container Amendment to Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan- 79 FR 34432 (Final Rule) 79 FR 34479 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision involves removing the Commonwealth’s portable fuel container (PFC) regulations for control of evaporative emissions from new and in-use PFCs from the Pennsylvania SIP. In the submittal, Pennsylvania demonstrates that Federal PFC regulations promulgated by EPA in 2007 are expected to provide equal to or greater emissions reductions than those resulting from the Commonwealth’s. EPA is approving this revision removing the Commonwealth’s PFC regulations because the revision is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 18, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by July 17, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  

2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Amendments to Delaware’s Ambient Air Quality Standards - 79 FR 34441 (Final Rule) 79 FR 34480 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Delaware State Implementation Plan (SIP). These amendments will bring Delaware’s ambient air quality standards for sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), lead, and particulate matter (PM) up to date with current Federal requirements. EPA is approving these SIP revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 18, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by July 17, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the May 16, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Allentown-Bethlehem- Easton 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Maintenance Area - 79 FR 28435 (Final Rule) 79 FR 28471 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions consist of an update to the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOx) for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) SIP for the Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Maintenance Area (Allentown Maintenance Area). The SIP revision also includes an updated point source inventory for NOx. This rulemaking action approves the updated MVEBs and thereby makes them available for transportation conformity purposes. EPA is approving these revisions to the MVEBs and point source inventory in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 15, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by June 16, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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