Federal Register Proposed Rules, Rules and Notices for September 23,2013

September 23,2013


Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; San Joaquin Valley, South Coast Air Basin, Coachella Valley, and Sacramento Metro Ozone Nonattainment Areas; Reclassification [FR DOC# 2013-22871] SUMMARY: EPA is withdrawing a proposed action to reclassify the Indian country pertaining to the Morongo Band of Mission Indians (Morongo Reservation) from “severe-17” to “extreme” for the 1997 eight-hour ozone standard.


Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; North Carolina; Removal of Stage II Gasoline Vapor Recovery Program [FR DOC# 2013-22965] SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to approve changes to the North Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR), Division of Air Quality on September 18, 2009, for the purpose of removing Stage II vapor control requirement contingency measures for new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities in the State. The September 18, 2009, SIP revision also addresses several non-Stage II related rule changes. However, action on the other portions for the September 18, 2009, SIP revision is being addressed in a separate rulemaking action. EPA has determined that North Carolina’s September 18, 2009, SIP revision regarding the Stage II vapor control requirements is approvable because it is consistent with the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act).

Approval and Promulgation of State Implementation Plan Revisions; Infrastructure Requirements for the 1997 and 2006 PM2.5 [FR DOC# 2013-22967] SUMMARY: EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) submissions from the State of Colorado to demonstrate that the SIP meets the infrastructure requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) for the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) promulgated for PM<INF>2.5</INF> on July 18, 1997 and on October 17, 2006. The CAA requires that each state, after a new or revised NAAQS is promulgated, review their SIPs to ensure that they meet infrastructure requirements. The State of Colorado provided infrastructure SIP submissions on April 4, 2008 and June 4, 2010 for the 1997 and 2006 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NAAQS, respectively. In addition, EPA is approving portions of SIP revisions submitted by the State of Colorado on May 11, 2012 and May 13, 2013. The revisions update Regulation 3 of the Air Quality Control Commission permitting requirements for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) program to incorporate the required elements of the 2008 PM<INF>2.5</INF> NSR Implementation Rule and the 2010 PM<INF>2.5</INF> Increment Rule.

Designation of Areas for Air Quality Planning Purposes; California; Morongo Band of Mission Indians [FR DOC# 2013-22873] SUMMARY: EPA is taking final action to correct an error in a previous rulemaking that revised the boundaries between nonattainment areas in Southern California designated under the Clean Air Act for the national ambient air quality standard for one-hour ozone. EPA is also taking final action to revise the boundaries of certain Southern California air quality planning areas to designate the Indian country of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, California as a separate air quality planning area for the one-hour and 1997 eight-hour ozone standards.

Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Reconsideration of Certain Provisions of New Source Performance Standards [FR DOC# 2013-22010] SUMMARY: This action finalizes the amendments to new source performance standards for the oil and natural gas sector. The Administrator received petitions for reconsideration of certain aspects of the August 12, 2012, final standards. These amendments are a result of reconsideration of certain issues raised by petitioners related to implementation of storage vessel provisions. The final amendments provide clarity of notification and compliance dates, ensure control of all storage vessel affected facilities and update key definitions. This action also corrects technical errors that were inadvertently included in the final standards.


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