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


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The following proposed SIP revision approval for the District of Columbia appears in the December 11, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Preconstruction Requirements – Nonattainment New Source Review -79 FR 73508 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve an April 5, 2013 State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for the District of Columbia (D.C.). This revision pertains to D.C.’s nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program, notably provisions for Plantwide Applicability Limits (PALs) and preconstruction permitting requirements for major sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by January 12, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the December 8, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Harrisburg-Lebanon-Carlisle-York Nonattainment Areas to Attainment for the 1997 Annual and the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard - 79 FR 72552 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s requests to redesignate to attainment the Harrisburg- Lebanon-Carlisle-York nonattainment areas (hereafter “the Areas”) for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is also determining that the Areas continue to attain the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also approving as revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plans to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and 2006 24- hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Areas. The maintenance plans include the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is finding the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and NOx MVEBs adequate for transportation conformity purposes and is finalizing the approval of the budgets. Furthermore, EPA is approving as revisions to the Pennsylvania SIP the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Areas for the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on December 8, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania – Allegheny County appears in the November 26, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County’s Adoption of Control Techniques Guidelines for Four Industry Categories for Control of Volatile Organic Compound Emissions - 79 FR 70470 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is conditionally approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). This SIP revision includes amendments to the 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: miscellaneous metal and/or plastic parts surface coating processes, automobile and light-duty truck assembly coatings, miscellaneous industrial adhesives, and fiberglass boat manufacturing materials. Upon review of the submittal, EPA found that the average monomer volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits were referenced but not included in the regulation for fiberglass boat manufacturing materials. ACHD has committed to revising the regulation and submitting the table of VOC content limits for fiberglass boat manufacturing materials to EPA in order to address specific RACT requirements for Allegheny County. EPA is, therefore, conditionally approving this revision to the Pennsylvania SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on December 26, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for West Virginia appears in the November 25, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia’s Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan of the West Virginia Portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Standard - 79 FR 70099 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY:The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving the State of West Virginia’s request to redesignate to attainment the West Virginia portion of the Martinsburg- Hagerstown, WV-MD nonattainment area (the Martinsburg Area or Area) for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is also approving as a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Area. As part of this action, EPA is making a determination that the Martinsburg Area continues to attain the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for Berkeley County, West Virginia for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS which EPA is approving for transportation conformity purposes. Furthermore, EPA is approving, as a revision to the West Virginia SIP, the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Area for the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. These actions are being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on December 26, 2014.


The following SIP revision approval for Maryland in the November 25, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Prevention of Significant Deterioration - 79 FR 70095 (Final Rule) 79 FR 70140 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP). The revisions incorporate by reference (IBR) the current requirements of the Federal Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program into the Maryland SIP. Additionally, the revisions will allow Maryland’s PSD program to automatically update with any revisions to the Federal regulations. EPA is approving these revisions to Maryland’s PSD program in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on January 26, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by December 26, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for Allegheny County in Pennsylvania appears in the November 6, 2014 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Allegheny County; Control of Outdoor Wood-Fired Boilers - 79 FR 65901 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to the control of particulate matter (PM) emissions from the operation of outdoor wood-fired boilers (OWBs) in Allegheny County. EPA is approving this revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on December 8, 2014.


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

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; State Boards Requirements - 79 FR 62003 (Final Rule) 79 FR 62090 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). The SIP revision addresses the State Boards’ requirements for all criteria pollutants of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). EPA is also approving a related infrastructure element from Pennsylvania’s September 24, 2012 SIP submittal for the 2008 Lead NAAQS. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on December 15, 2014.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by November 17, 2014.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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