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


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The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the April 18, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision for GP Big Island, LLC - FR 21855 (Final Rule) 79 FR 21882 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision consists of a revision to the operating permit for the control of visibility-impairing emissions from GP Big Island, LLC on a shutdown of an individual unit. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on June 17, 2014. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by May 19, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the April 15, 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 21173 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by May 15, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania and West Virginia appear in the April 7, 2014 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards -79 FR 19009 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 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 the 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 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 lead (Pb) NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on May 7, 2014.

2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards -79 FR 19001 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia 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 West Virginia has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on May 7, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Delaware appears in the April 3, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards -79 FR 18644 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware 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 Delaware has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on May 5, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the March 31, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Reading 1997 Eight-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Maintenance Area -79 FR 17875 (Final Rule) 79 FR 17965 (Proposed Rule)

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

This rule becomes effective on May 30, 2014. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 30, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following SIP revision approvals for West Virginia and Virginia appear in the March 31, 2014 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Approval of the Redesignation Requests and the Associated Maintenance Plans of the Charleston Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual and the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standards -79 FR 17884 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State of West Virginia's requests to redesignate to attainment the Charleston nonattainment area (hereafter "the Charleston Area" or "the Area") for both the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS or standards). EPA is also approving as a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP), the associated maintenance plans to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Area. West Virginia's maintenance plans include insignificance findings for the mobile source contribution of PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions to the Area for both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 standards, which EPA agrees with and is approving for transportation conformity purposes. In addition, EPA is approving the 2008 emissions inventory for the Area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on April 30, 2014.

2. Approval and Promulgation of State Air Quality Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants; Commonwealth of Virginia; Control of Emissions from Existing Sewage Sludge Incineration Units -79 FR 17866 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a section 111(d)/129 plan submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia for sewage sludge incineration (SSI) units. The section 111(d)/129 plan contains a state rule for existing SSI units that was submitted as a result of the March 21, 2011, promulgation of Federal new source performance standards (NSPS) and emission guidelines for SSI units. This action is being taken under sections 111(d) and 129 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on April 30, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the March 27, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Section 110(a)(2) Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards -79 FR 17043 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia 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 Commonwealth of Virginia has made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on April 28, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the March 27, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Carbon Monoxide Second Limited Maintenance Plan for the Pittsburgh Area -79 FR 17054 (Final Rule); 79 FR 17091 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The revision consists of a second limited maintenance plan for the carbon monoxide (CO) Pittsburgh Area ("the Pittsburgh Area" or "the Area") in Allegheny County, formerly designated as a CO nonattainment area. The maintenance plan ensures maintenance of the CO national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) in the Pittsburgh Area for a second 10- year period after redesignation of the Area from nonattainment to attainment, through year 2022. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on May 27, 2014. Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 28, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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