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



The following SIP revision approval for the District of Columbia appears in the August 21, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Interstate Pollution Transport Requirements for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard –80 FR 50785 (Final Rule) 80 FR 50817 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the District of Columbia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision addresses the infrastructure requirements for interstate transport pollution with respect to the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on October 20, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 21, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia appears in the August 14, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Movement of the Northern Virginia Area from Virginia’s Nonattainment Area List to its Maintenance Area List – 80 FR 48730 (Final Rule) 80 FR 48790 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions move the localities (Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, and Prince William; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church, Manassas, and Manassas Park) of Northern Virginia from Virginia’s list of nonattainment areas to its list of maintenance areas for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on October 13, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 14, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the August 5, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards 80 FR 46494 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving portions of two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) 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 implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. PADEP made submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS and the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) primary NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on September 4, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the August 4, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Operations 80 FR 46201 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision consists of amendments to Virginia’s regulation for consumer and commercial products in order to apply provisions pertaining to portable fuel containers, consumer and commercial products, architectural and industrial maintenance coatings, adhesives, adhesive primers, sealants, and sealant primers to the Richmond volatile organic compound (VOC) Emissions Control Area. The revision also consists of amendments to Virginia’s regulation for existing stationary sources to apply provisions pertaining to mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations in the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. EPA is approving these revisions to the Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act CAA).

This rule becomes effective on September 3, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for the State of Maryland appears in the August 3, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Amendments to the Control of Gasoline and Volatile Organic Compound Storage and Handling 80 FR 45890 (Final Rule) 80 FR 45915 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision pertains to amendments to Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 26.11.13, Control of Gasoline and Volatile Organic Compound Storage and Handling. The amendments consist of establishing an alternative and equivalent method of transfer of high pressure materials as well as changing incorrect references in regulations .04 and .05. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on October 2, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 2, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice. 


The following SIP revision approval for the State of West Virginia appears in the July 31, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; 2011 Base Year Emissions Inventory for the Marshall, West Virginia Nonattainment Area for the 2010 1-Hour Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standard 80 FR 45613 (Final Rule) 80 FR 45629 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the 2011 base year emissions inventory submitted by the State of West Virginia for the 2010 1-hour sulfur dioxide (SO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). The emissions inventory was submitted to meet one of the nonattainment requirements for the Marshall, West Virginia nonattainment area (Marshall Area or Area) for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS. EPA is approving the 2011 base year emissions inventory for the 2010 1-hour SO2 NAAQS for the Marshall Area in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on September 29, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 31, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for the District of Columbia, the States of Virginia and Maryland appear in the July 23, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia; 2011 Base Year Emissions Inventories for the Washington DCMD-VA Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard 80 FR 43625 (Final Rule) 80 FR 43663 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve the 2011 base year carbon monoxide (CO) emissions inventories submitted by the District of Columbia, State of Maryland, and Commonwealth of Virginia (collectively, the States) for the Washington, DC-MD-VA nonattainment area (the DC Area or Area) for the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is approving the 2011 CO base year emissions inventories for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the DC Area in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on September 21, 2015. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 24, 2015. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 17, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Adoption of Control Techniques Guidelines for Metal Furniture Coatings and Miscellaneous Metal Parts Coatings 80 FR 42459 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Maryland (Maryland). This revision includes amendments to Maryland’s regulation for the control of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and meets the requirement to adopt reasonably available control technology (RACT) for sources covered by EPA’s Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) standards for coatings for metal furniture and miscellaneous metal parts. These amendments will reduce emissions of VOC from these source categories and help Maryland attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for ozone. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 17, 2015. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania appear in the July 16, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Johnstown Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard 80 FR 42046 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s request to redesignate to attainment the Johnstown Nonattainment Area (Johnstown Area or Area) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA has determined that the Johnstown Area attained both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is approving as a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Johnstown Area. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Johnstown Area for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, which EPA is approving for transportation conformity purposes. Furthermore, EPA is approving the 2007 base year emissions inventory included in the maintenance plan for the Johnstown Area for both NAAQS. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 16, 2015.


2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Lancaster Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard 80 FR 42050 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s request to redesignate to attainment the Lancaster Nonattainment Area (Lancaster Area or Area) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS or standard). EPA has determined that the Lancaster Area attained both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is approving as a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Lancaster Area. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Lancaster Area for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, which EPA is approving for transportation conformity purposes. Furthermore, EPA is approving the 2007 base year emissions inventory included in the maintenance plan for the Lancaster Area for both NAAQS. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 16, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for the State of Virginia appears in the July 16, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision to the Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds 80 FR 42044 (Final Rule) 80 FR 42075 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision adds two compounds to the list of substances not considered to be volatile organic compounds (VOC). EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on September 14, 2015. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 17, 2015. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Delaware appears in the July 15, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Nonattainment New Source Review; Emission Offset Provisions; Reopening of Comment Period 80 FR 41449 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) published on May 26, 2015. In the NPR, EPA proposed disapproval of a revision to the Delaware State Implementation Plan (SIP) related to nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) preconstruction permit program requirements for emission offsets. A commenter requested additional time to review the proposal and prepare comments. In response to this request, EPA is reopening the comment period for this proposal through August 14, 2015. All comments received on or before August 14, 2015 will be entered into the public record and considered by EPA before taking final action on the proposed rule. Comments submitted between the close of the original comment period and the reopening of this comment period will be accepted and considered.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 14, 2015. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.   


The following SIP revision approval for the State of Maryland appears in the July 14, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Low Emissions Vehicle Program Revisions 80 FR 40917 (Final Rule) 80 FR 40955 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve two revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP). The Clean Air Act (CAA) provides authority allowing California to adopt its own motor vehicle emissions standards for newly manufactured vehicles, in lieu of federal vehicle standards. The CAA also allows other states to adopt California’s vehicle standards, as long as they are identical to California’s standards. Maryland’s recent SIP submittals serve to amend Maryland’s Clean Car Program to incorporate updates that California has made to its Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) program rules. Maryland adopted California’s emission standards applicable to newly manufactured light and medium-duty vehicles in 2007, and EPA approved Maryland’s Clean Car Program in prior rulemakings. However, since then California revised its LEV program regulations on several occasions, and Maryland subsequently amended its own rules to be consistent with those of California. Since the Clean Car Program is part of the SIP, Maryland then submits these amendments as a SIP revision. Maryland submitted such SIP revision requests in July 2014 and again in April 2015 to update its SIP to be consistent with California’s latest LEV program rules. EPA’s action to approve Maryland’s most recent Clean Car Program SIP revisions is being taken under the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on September 14, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by August 13, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the July 14, 2015 Federal Register:

Clean Air Act Title V Operating Permit Program Revision; Pennsylvania 80 FR 40922 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a Title V Operating Permit Program revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revision amends the Title V fee program that funds the Pennsylvania Title V Operating Permit Program. EPA is approving these revisions to increase Pennsylvania’s annual emission fees to $85 per ton of emissions for emissions from Title V sources of up to 4,000 tons of each regulated pollutant in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 13, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 13, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Preconstruction Requirements – Nonattainment New Source Review 80 FR 39968 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted on August 22, 2013 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) on behalf of the State of Maryland. This revision pertains to Maryland’s major nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program, notably preconstruction permitting requirements for sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 12, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the July 10, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Determination of Attainment of the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Standard for the Liberty-Clairton Nonattainment Area 80 FR 39696 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a determination of attainment regarding the Liberty-Clairton, Pennsylvania 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area (hereafter “Liberty-Clairton Area” or “the Area”). EPA is determining that the Liberty-Clairton Area has attained the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), based upon quality-assured, quality-controlled and certified ambient air monitoring data for the calendar years 2012-2014. EPA’s final “clean data determination” will suspend the requirements to submit for the Liberty-Clairton Area an attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures (RACM), reasonable further progress (RFP), and contingency measures related to attainment of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, for so long as the Area continues to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This final determination will not constitute a redesignation to attainment. This final action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 10, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the July 6, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Minor New Source Review Requirements 80 FR 38403 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a January 24, 2013 State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted for the State of Maryland by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This revision pertains to preconstruction permitting requirements under Maryland’s minor New Source Review (NSR) program. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on August 05, 2015.


The following SIP revision approvals for West Virginia and Pennsylvania appear in the June 25, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Permits for Construction and Major Modification of Major Stationary Sources for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration 80 FR 36483 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conditionally approving two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) for the State of West Virginia on July 1, 2014 and June 6, 2012. These revisions pertain to West Virginia’s Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permit program and include provisions for preconstruction permitting requirements for major sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) found in West Virginia regulations. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 27, 2015.


2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Adoption of Control Technique Guidelines for Offset Lithographic Printing and Letterpress Printing; Flexible Package Printing; and Adhesives, Sealants, Primers, and Solvents 80 FR 36481 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revisions pertain to control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from offset lithographic printing and letterpress printing, flexible package printing, and adhesives, sealants, primers, and solvents. These revisions also meet the requirement to adopt Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for sources covered by EPA’s Control Technique Guideline (CTG) recommendations for the following categories: Offset lithographic printing and letterpress printing, flexible package printing, and adhesives, sealants, primers, and solvents. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 27, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the June 24, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to Allegheny County Regulations for Establishing Permit Fees 80 FR 36239 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision pertains to the Air Pollution Control portion of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) rules and regulations and consists of changes to the regulations establishing installation permit application and administration fees and open burning permit application fees. EPA is approving these revisions to Pennsylvania’s SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on July 24, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the June 9, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; 2011 Lead Base Year Emissions Inventory 80 FR 32474 (Final Rule) 80 FR 32522 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania) State Implementation Plan (SIP). EPA is proposing to approve the 2011 base year emissions inventory SIP revision submittal for the 2008 lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The base year emissions inventory SIP revision was submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on February 9, 2015 to meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the Lyons 2008 lead NAAQS nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the “Lyons Area” or “Area”). EPA is approving this revision to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on August 10, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by July 09, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for the Commonwealth of Virginia appears in the May 26, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revisions to the Attainment Plans for the Commonwealth of Virginia Portion of the Washington, DC-MD-VA 1990 1-Hour and 1997 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Areas and the Maintenance Plan for the Fredericksburg 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Area to Remove the Stage II Vapor Recovery Program 80 FR 29959 (Final Rule) 80 FR 30020 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia (Virginia) State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions remove the Stage II vapor recovery program (Stage II) from the attainment plans for the Virginia portion of the Washington, DC-MD-VA 1990 1-Hour and 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Nonattainment Areas (Northern Virginia Areas), as well as from the maintenance plan for the Fredericksburg 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Maintenance Area (Fredericksburg Area) (the three areas are collectively referred to as the Virginia Areas or Areas). These revisions also include an analysis that addresses the impact of the removal of Stage II from subject gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) in the Virginia Areas. The analysis submitted by the Commonwealth satisfies the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on July 27, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by June 25, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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