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


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The following proposed SIP revision approval for Maryland appears in the August 21, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Maryland Portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Standard –79 FR 49474 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the State of Maryland’s request to redesignate to attainment the Maryland portion of the Martinsburg- Hagerstown, WV-MD Nonattainment Area (Martinsburg Area or Area) for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). The Maryland portion of the Martinsburg Area is comprised of Washington County, Maryland. EPA has determined that the Martinsburg Area attained the standard and continues to attain the standard. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve, as a revision to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP), the Washington County maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Maryland portion of the Area. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for Washington County, Maryland for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS, which EPA is proposing to approve for transportation conformity purposes. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 22, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the August 12, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Removal of Two Operating Permits and a Consent Agreement for the Potomac River Generating Station from the State Implementation Plan –79 FR 47004 (Final Rule) 79 FR 47043 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revision removes from the Virginia SIP references to two operating permits and a consent agreement for GenOn Potomac River, LLC’s Potomac River Generating Station (Potomac River), which was formerly owned by Potomac Electric Power Company. Potomac River has permanently shut down; therefore, the permits and consent agreement are no longer applicable and are being removed from the Virginia SIP. EPA is approving these revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on October 14, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 11, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the August 11, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revision to the Maintenance Plans for the Richmond 1990 1-Hour and Richmond-Petersburg 1997 8-Hour Ozone Maintenance Areas to Remove the Stage II Vapor Recovery Program –79 FR 46711 (Final Rule) 79 FR 46747 (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 revision removes the Stage II vapor recovery program (Stage II) from the maintenance plans for the Richmond 1990 1-hour and Richmond-Petersburg 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) Maintenance Areas (Richmond Area or Area). The revision also includes an analysis that addresses the impact of the removal of Stage II from subject gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) in the Richmond Area. The analysis submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia (Commonwealth) satisfies the requirements of section 110(l) of the Clean Air Act (CAA). EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

This rule becomes effective on October 10, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 10, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the August 8, 2014 Federal Register:

Commonwealth of Virginia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone and the 1997 and 2006 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards –79 FR 46351 (Final Rule, Correcting Amendments).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is correcting errors in the rule language of a final rule pertaining to the infrastructure requirements for the 1997 8-hour ozone and the 1997 and 2006 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS).

This rule becomes effective on August 8, 2014.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the August 7, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania;
Determination of Attainment for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Lyons Nonattainment Area –79 FR 46211 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to determine that the Lyons, Pennsylvania (PA) nonattainment area (hereafter also referred to as the “Lyons Area” or “Area”) has attained the 2008 lead (Pb) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). This proposed determination of attainment is based upon certified, quality-assured, and quality controlled ambient air monitoring data from 2011-2013 which shows that the Area has monitored attainment for the 2008 Pb NAAQS. If EPA finalizes this proposed determination of attainment, the requirements for the Lyons Area to submit an attainment demonstration, associated reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, contingency measures, and other planning requirements related to attainment of the standard shall be suspended for so long as the Lyons Area continues to attain the 2008 Pb NAAQS.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 8, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the August 7, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revisions to the Definition of Volatile Organic Compounds –79 FR 46184 (Final Rule) 79 FR 46210 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions add five 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 October 6, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 8, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the August 5, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County; Control of Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers –79 FR 45395 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve a submission by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for two State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA). These revisions pertain to the control of particulate matter (PM) emissions from the operation of outdoor woodfired boilers (OWBs) in Allegheny County.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 4, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approval for Delaware appears in the August 5, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Redesignation Requests, Associated Maintenance Plans, and Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets for the Delaware Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standards, and the 2007 Comprehensive Emissions Inventory for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard –79 FR 45350 (Final Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State of Delaware’s requests to redesignate to attainment the Delaware portion of the Philadelphia- Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE nonattainment area (hereafter “the Philadelphia 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 revisions to the Delaware 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 Delaware portion of the Area. EPA is also proposing to approve the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) included in Delaware’s maintenance plans for the Delaware portion of the Area for both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 standards. EPA is also determining that the Delaware portion of the Philadelphia Area continues to attain both the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is approving the 2007 emissions inventory for the Delaware portion of 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 September 4, 2014.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the August 1, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County's Adoption of Control Techniques Guidelines for Offset Lithographic Printing and Letterpress Printing; Flexible Package Printing; and Industrial Solvent Cleaning Operations for Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions 79 FR 44728 (Proposed Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This SIP revision includes amendments to the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Rules and Regulations, Article XXI, Air Pollution Control, and meets the requirement to adopt Reasonably Available Control Technology (RACT) for sources covered by EPA's Control Techniques Guidelines (CTG) standards for the following categories: offset lithographic printing and letterpress printing, flexible package printing, and industrial solvent cleaning operations. EPA is proposing to approve the revision to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by September 2, 2014. Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


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 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.  


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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