Posted by: Steven M. Taber | October 20, 2010

Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register Rules, Proposed Rules and Notices, Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Rules

  • Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality  Implementation Plans; Delaware; Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds From Consumer Products. 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R03–OAR–2010–0124; FRL–9211–5]. SUMMARY: EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware.  The revision amends existing Section 2.0— Consumer Products to Delaware’s Regulation 1141 (formerly SIP Regulation No. 41)—Limiting Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from Consumer and Commercial Products. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA). DATES: Effective Date: This final rule is effective on November 19, 2010.
  • Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans and Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; Texas; Beaumont/Port Arthur Ozone Nonattainment Area: Redesignation to Attainment for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard and Determination of Attainment for the 1-Hour Ozone Standard; Clarification of EPA’s Approval of the El Paso Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for the 1997 8-Hour Ozone Standard. 40 CFR Parts 52 and 81 [EPA–R06–OAR–2008–0932; FRL–9214–9]. SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to approve a  request from the State of Texas to redesignate the Beaumont/Port Arthur (BPA) Texas ozone nonattainment  area to attainment of the 1997 8-hour ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is making a  final determination that the BPA nonattainment area has attained the 1997 8-hour ozone NAAQS, based on  complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for 2006–2008. Preliminary data available for 2009 and 2010 show that the area continues to attain the 1997 8- hour ozone NAAQS. In finalizing  its approval of the redesignation request, EPA also approves, as a revision to the BPA State Implementation Plan  SIP), a 1997 8-hour ozone maintenance plan that includes a 2021 Motor Vehicle Emissions Budget (MVEB).  PA is also approving the BPA area’s 2002 base year emissions inventory as part of the BPA SIP. EPA  also is approving as part of the BPA SIP, the Texas Clean-Fuel Vehicle (CFV) Program Equivalency Demonstration. EPA finds that with final approval of these revisions, the area has a fully approved SIP that  meets  all of the 1997 8-hour ozone  requirements and 1-hour ozone antibacksliding requirements under section 110 and Part D of the Federal Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) that are applicable for purposes of redesignation. EPA  is also approving a determination that the BPA area is meeting the 1-hour ozone standard based upon three  years of complete, quality-assured, and certified ambient air quality monitoring data for 2006–2008.  Preliminary data available for 2009 and 2010 show that the area continues to attain the standard. Additionally,  EPA is taking final action to approve the post-1996 Rate of Progress (ROP) plan’s contingency measures, the  substitute control measures for the failure-to-attain contingency measures, and the removal from the Texas SIP  of a 1-hour ozone failure-to-attain contingency measure, a volatile organic compound (VOC) SIP rule for marine  vessel loading, as meeting the requirements of section 110(l) and part D of the Act. EPA also is providing  clarification of an earlier separate EPA rulemaking action approving the Section 110(a)(1) Maintenance Plan for  the 1997 8-hour ozone standard for the El Paso 1997 8- hour attainment area. DATES: Effective Date: This rule  will be effective November 19, 2010.
  • Prevention of Significant  Deterioration (PSD) for Particulate Matter Less Than 2.5 Micrometers (PM2.5)—Increments, Significant Impact  Levels (SILs) and Significant Monitoring Concentration (SMC). 40 CFR Parts 51 and 52 [EPA–HQ–OAR–2006–0605; FRL–9210–9] RIN 2060–AO24. SUMMARY: The EPA is amending the
    requirements for particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) under the Prevention of Significant  Deterioration (PSD) program by adding maximum allowable increases in ambient pollutant concentrations  (‘‘increments’’) and two screening tools, known as the Significant Impact Levels (SILs) and a Significant  Monitoring Concentration (SMC) for PM2.5. The SILs for PM2.5 are also being added to two other New Source  Review (NSR) rules that regulate the construction and modification of any major stationary source locating in an  attainment or unclassifiable area,  where the source’s emissions may cause or contribute to a violation of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). DATES: This final rule is effective on December 20, 2010.

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