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The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania, Allegheny County appears in the March 30, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to Allegheny County Rules; Preconstruction Permit Requirements - Nonattainment New Source Review - 80 FR 16568 (Final Rule)*

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is granting full approval of a revision to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP), submitted on June 25, 2012 (June 2012 SIP submittal) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) as amended by PADEP in letters dated February 20, 2013 and June 27, 2014. The SIP revision pertains to ACHD’s Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) preconstruction permitting regulations which incorporate by reference Pennsylvania’s NNSR provisions. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on April 29, 2015.

Please Note: The correct docket number for this action was referenced in the Office of Federal Register’s Special Filing Notices Section dated 3/30/15 as EPA-R03-OAR-2013-0636.  Docket information can be seen on regulations.gov with this corrected docket number of EPA-R03-OAR-2013-0636.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the March 30, 2015 Federal Register:

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 16612 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing conditional approval for 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).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 29, 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 March 27, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision: Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide Best Available Retrofit Technology Limits for the Cheswick Power Plant - 80 FR 16286 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is finalizing a limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). This SIP revision addresses the sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for Boiler Number 1 of the Cheswick Generating Station (Cheswick) in Allegheny County. EPA is finalizing a limited approval of the SIP revision for Cheswick’s SO2 and NOx BART requirements on the basis that the revision corrects an error in the SIP and strengthens the Pennsylvania SIP, while EPA is also finalizing a limited disapproval of this part of the SIP revision because the SIP revision relies on the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and not the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) which has replaced CAIR. This final action is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s rules for BART.

This rule becomes effective on April 27, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania in the March 27, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Plan Approval and Operating Permit Fees - 80 FR 16284 (Final Rule) 80 FR 16330 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP). This proposed revision pertains to minor editorial revisions to Pennsylvania’s existing plan approval and operating permit fee rules. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on May 26, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 27, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.  


The following SIP revision approval for the District of Columbia appears in the March 19, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Preconstruction Requirements – Nonattainment New Source Review - 80 FR 14310 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the District Department of the Environment (DDOE) for the District of Columbia (D.C.) on April 5, 2013. EPA is approving this revision to D.C.’s nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on April 20, 2015.


The following proposed SIP revision approvals for Maryland and Pennsylvania appear in the March 18, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Maryland; Determination of Attainment of the 2008 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard for the Baltimore, Maryland Moderate Nonattainment - 80 FR 14041 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to make a determination that the Baltimore, Maryland Moderate Nonattainment Area (Baltimore Area) has attained the 2008 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). This proposed determination is based upon complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air monitoring data that shows the Area has monitored attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the 2012-2014 monitoring period. If this proposal becomes final, the requirement for this Area to submit an attainment demonstration, reasonably available control measures (RACM), a reasonable further progress (RFP) plan, and contingency measures related to attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS shall be suspended for so long as the Area continues to attain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. This action does not constitute a redesignation to attainment. The Baltimore Area will remain nonattainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS until such time as EPA determines that the Baltimore Area meets the Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements for redesignation to attainment, including an approved maintenance plan. This action is being taken under the CAA.

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

2. Clean Air Act Title V Operating Permit Program Revision; Pennsylvania 80 FR 14037 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the Pennsylvania Title V Operating Permit Program submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on February 11, 2014. The Pennsylvania Operating Permit Program is implemented through its Title V Operating Permits Rule, codified at Subchapter G of Chapter 127 of Title 25 of the Pennsylvania Code. The February 11, 2014 revision amends the title V fee program that funds the Pennsylvania Title V Operating Permit Program. These changes resulted in substantial revisions to Pennsylvania's Title V Operating Permit Program. EPA is proposing to approve these revisions. The intended effect of this action is to improve the Commonwealth's title V operating permit program.

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


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Virginia appears in the March 16, 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 13510 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 15, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following proposed SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania and West Virginia appear in the March 10, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Update of the Motor Vehicle Emissions Budgets and General Conformity Budgets for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1997 8-Hour Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard Maintenance Area - 80 FR 12604 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These 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) maintenance SIP for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1997 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS Maintenance Area (Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Maintenance Area or Area). These SIP revisions also include general conformity budgets for the construction of the Bell Bend Nuclear Power Plant. In addition, these SIP revisions include updated point and area source inventories for NOx. This rulemaking action proposes to approve the general conformity budgets, the updated MVEBs, and updates to the point and area source inventories, and thereby make them available for transportation conformity purposes, in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 09, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

2. Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; West Virginia;Regional Haze Five-Year Progress Report State Implementation Plan 80 FR 12607 (Proposed Rule - supplemental).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a supplement to its proposed approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia (West Virginia) through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP). West Virginia’s SIP revision addresses requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s rules that require states to submit periodic reports describing progress towards reasonable progress goals established for regional haze and a determination of the adequacy of the state’s existing implementation plan addressing regional haze (regional haze SIP). EPA’s proposed approval of West Virginia’s periodic report on progress towards reasonable progress goals and determination of adequacy of the state’s regional haze SIP was published in the Federal Register on March 14, 2014. This supplemental proposal addresses the potential effects on our proposed approval from the April 29, 2014 decision of the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) remanding to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (D.C. Circuit) EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) for further proceedings and the D.C. Circuit’s decision to lift the stay of CSAPR.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 09, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approval for West Virginia in the March 9, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; State Boards Requirements; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide, and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards - 79 FR 12345 (Final Rule) 79 FR 12373 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the West Virginia 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 the West Virginia February 21, 2012 SIP submittal for the 2008 ozone (O3) NAAQS, the December 13, 2012 SIP submittal for the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS, and the July 1, 2013 SIP submittal for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. EPA is approving this SIP revision in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

This rule becomes effective on May 08, 2015.  Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 08, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in each rulemaking notice.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania appears in the March 9, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Revision to Allegheny County Regulations for Establishing Permit Fees -80 FR 12374 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on August 30, 2010. 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, as well as open burning permit application fees. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by April 08, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania and Virginia appear in the March 4, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Reading, Pennsylvania Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual Fine Particulate Matter Standard, and 2007 Base Year Inventory - 80 FR 11580 (Final Rule)

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

This rule becomes effective on March 4, 2015.

2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards 80 FR 11557 (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 implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the NAAQS. These elements are referred to as infrastructure requirements. The Commonwealth of Virginia made a submittal addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) primary NAAQS.

This rule becomes effective on April 03, 2015.


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

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation Request and Associated Maintenance Plan for the Pennsylvania Portion of the Philadelphia-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE Nonattainment Area for the 1997 Annual and 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard - 80 FR 8254 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s September 5, 2014 request to redesignate to attainment the Pennsylvania 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 proposing to approve as a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Pennsylvania portion of the Area. EPA is also proposing to approve the motor vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) included in Pennsylvania’s maintenance plan for the Pennsylvania portion of the Area for both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA is also proposing to determine that the Pennsylvania portion of the Philadelphia Area continues to attain both the 1997 annual and the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve the 2007 emissions inventory included in the maintenance plan for the Pennsylvania portion of the Area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In this rulemaking action, EPA also addresses the effects of several decisions of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C. Circuit Court) and a decision of the United States Supreme Court: (1) The D.C. Circuit Court’s August 21, 2012 decision to vacate and remand to EPA the Cross-State Air Pollution Control Rule (CSAPR); (2) the Supreme Court’s April 29, 2014 reversal of the vacature of CSAPR, and remand to the D.C. Circuit Court; (3) the D.C. Circuit Court’s October 23, 2014 decision to lift the stay of CSAPR; and (4) the D.C. Circuit Court’s January 4, 2013 decision to remand to EPA two final rules implementing the 1997 annual PM2.5 NAAQS. This rulemaking action to propose approval of the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS redesignation request and associated maintenance plan for the Pennsylvania portion of the Philadelphia Area is based on EPA’s determination that Pennsylvania has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA) for both the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA has taken separate rulemaking actions to approve the redesignation of the New Jersey portion and the Delaware portion of the Philadelphia Area for the 1997 annual and 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. See 78 FR 54396, September 4, 2013 (for the New Jersey portion of the Area), and 79 FR 45350, August 5, 2014 (for the Delaware portion of the Area).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by March 19, 2015.  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 February 13, 2015 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; Correction - 80 FR 7970 (Final Rule; correcting amendment)

SUMMARY: This document corrects an error in the rule language of a final rule pertaining to West Virginia’s request to redesignate to attainment the West Virginia portion of the Martinsburg-Hagerstown, WV-MD nonattainment area for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS), which was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (79 FR 70099).

This rule becomes effective on February 13, 2015.


The following SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the February 11, 2015 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; Correction - 80 FR 7540 (Final Rule; correcting amendment)

SUMMARY: This document corrects errors in the rule language of a final rule pertaining to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s requests to redesignate to attainment the Harrisburg- Lebanon-Carlisle and York nonattainment areas for the 1997 annual fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) and the Harrisburg- Lebanon-Carlisle- York 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS nonattainment area, which was published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, December 8, 2014 (79 FR 72552).

This rule becomes effective on February 11, 2015.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the February 6, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide, 2010 Sulfur Dioxide, and 2012 Fine Particulate Matter National Ambient Air Quality Standards -80 FR 6672 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of four State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittals from 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 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. Pennsylvania has made four separate submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone, the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2), the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2), and the 2012 fine particulate matter (PM2.5) NAAQS. In this rulemaking action, EPA is proposing to approve, in accordance with the requirements of the CAA, the four infrastructure SIP submissions with the exception of some portions of the submittals addressing visibility protection.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by March 9, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for West Virginia appears in the February 5, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Permits for Construction and Major Modification of Major Stationary Sources Which Cause or Contribute to Nonattainment Areas -80 FR 6491 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to grant approval to four State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection for the State of West Virginia on June 29, 2010, July 8, 2011, July 6, 2012, and July 1, 2014 with the exception of certain revisions related to ethanol production facilities on which EPA is taking no action at this time. These revisions proposed for approval pertain to West Virginia’s nonattainment New Source Review (NSR) program, notably provisions for preconstruction permitting requirements for major sources of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and NSR reform. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by March 9, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following proposed SIP revision approval for Pennsylvania appears in the February 4, 2015 Federal Register:

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Allentown Nonattainment Area to Attainment for the 2006 24-Hour Fine Particulate Matter Standard - 80 FR 6019 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s request to redesignate to attainment the Allentown nonattainment area (Allentown Area or Area) for the 2006 24-hour fine particulate matter (PM2.5) national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS). EPA is also proposing to determine that the Allentown Area continues to attain the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. In addition, EPA is proposing to approve as a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) the associated maintenance plan to show maintenance of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS through 2025 for the Area. The maintenance plan includes the 2017 and 2025 PM2.5 and nitrogen oxides (NOx) mobile vehicle emissions budgets (MVEBs) for the Area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS, which EPA is proposing to approve for transportation conformity purposes. Finally, EPA is proposing to approve as a revision to the Pennsylvania SIP the 2007 base year emissions inventory for the Area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS. This rulemaking action to propose approval of the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 NAAQS redesignation request and associated maintenance plan for the Allentown Area is based on EPA’s determination that Pennsylvania has met the criteria for redesignation to attainment specified in the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the 2006 24- hour PM2.5 NAAQS.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by March 6, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following proposed SIP revision approvals for the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania appear in the January 21, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; District of Columbia; Infrastructure Requirements for the 2008 Ozone, 2010 Nitrogen Dioxide, and 2010 Sulfur Dioxide National Ambient Air Quality Standards; Approval of Air Pollution Emergency Episode Plan - 80 FR 2865 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve portions of three State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submittals from the District of Columbia (hereafter “the District”) 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 District has made three separate submittals addressing the infrastructure requirements for the 2008 ozone NAAQS, the 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) NAAQS, and the 2010 sulfur dioxide (SO2) NAAQS. One of the infrastructure submittals also includes the “Revised Air Quality Emergency Plan for the District of Columbia” for satisfying EPA’s requirements for air quality emergency episodes. In this rulemaking action, EPA is proposing to approve, in accordance with the requirements of the CAA: The three infrastructure SIP submissions with the exception of the portions of the submittals addressing transport of pollution and the portions of the submittals addressing the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting requirements; and the District’s Air Quality Emergency Plan which also meets EPA’s requirements for air pollution prevention contingency plans.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by February 20, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

2. Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision: Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide Best Available Retrofit Technology Limits for the Cheswick Power Plant 80 FR 2841 (Proposed Rule).

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing limited approval and limited disapproval of a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). This SIP revision addresses the sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for Boiler Number 1 of the Cheswick Generating Station (Cheswick) in Allegheny County. EPA is proposing a limited approval of the SIP revision for Cheswick’s SO2 and NOx BART requirements on the basis that the revision corrects an error in the SIP and strengthens the Pennsylvania SIP, while EPA is also proposing a limited disapproval of this part of the SIP revision because the SIP revision relies on the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) and not the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) which has replaced CAIR. EPA is proposing limited approval and limited disapproval of the Pennsylvania SIP revision addressing the SO2 and NOx BART requirements in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s rules for BART.

Interested parties may submit comments to EPA by February 20, 2015.  Instructions on how to submit comments are contained in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.


The following SIP revision approvals for Pennsylvania and Virginia appear in the January 21, 2015 Federal Register:

1. Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Regional Haze State Implementation Plan Revision - Particulate Matter Best Available Retrofit Technology Limit for the Cheswick Power Plant in Allegheny County - 80 FR 2834 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a revision to the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP). This SIP revision addresses an error in the Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) requirements for Boiler Number 1 of the Cheswick Generating Station (Cheswick) in Allegheny County. EPA is approving the portion of Pennsylvania’s SIP revision addressing the particulate matter (PM) BART requirements as it is in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) and EPA’s rules for BART.

This rule becomes effective on February 20, 2015.

2. Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Revisions to the State Implementation Plan Approved by EPA through Letter Notice Actions 80 FR 2832 (Final Rule)

SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action on administrative changes to the Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP) which EPA had previously approved through a Letter Notice action. The revision will allow the Commonwealth of Virginia to submit SIP revision requests to EPA via electronic submission, with a caveat. EPA has approved this revision which allows electronic submission of SIP revision requests from Virginia. The Commonwealth will continue to supply additional paper copies as currently described in, and in accordance with, the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) until such time as EPA amends the Federal regulations to allow sole electronic submissions of SIP requests. EPA has determined that this action falls under the “good cause” exemption in the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), which authorizes agencies to dispense with public participation and which allows an agency to make an action effective immediately (thereby avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in the APA).

This rule becomes effective on January 21, 2015.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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