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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; State of Maryland; Repeal of Petroleum Refinery Regulations

Action

Direct Final Rule.

Summary

EPA is taking direct final action on a revision to the State of Maryland State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on January 4, 2001 by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). This revision repeals the requirements for petroleum refineries in the State of Maryland. There are no petroleum refineries located in the State of Maryland. EPA is approving this SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

This rule is effective on July 23, 2001 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse written comment by June 21, 2001. If EPA receives such comments, it will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that the rule will not take effect.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Written comments should be mailed to David L. Arnold, Chief, Air Quality Planning Information Services Branch, Mailcode 3AP21, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. You may inspect copies of the documents relevant to this action during normal business hours at the following locations: Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103; the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 401 M Street, SW., Washington, DC 20460; and the Maryland Department of the Environment, 2500 Broening Highway, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Ellen Wentworth, (215) 814-2034 at the EPA Region III address above, or by e-mail at wentworth.ellen@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Description of the SIP Revision and EPA's Action Back to Top

The information in this section is organized as follows:

A. What Action Is EPA Taking Today?

B. Why is EPA Taking This Action?

C. Why Is the Request Approvable?

D. What Is the Process for EPA Approval of This Action?

A. What Action Is EPA Taking Today?

EPA is approving a revision to the State of Maryland SIP which was submitted on January 4, 2001 by MDE. This revision repeals Regulation .04, Petroleum Refineries, under Maryland's Code of Maryland Administrative Regulations (COMAR) 26.11.11, Control of Petroleum Products Installations, including Asphalt Paving and Asphalt Concrete Plants. At one time there was the possibility of a petroleum refinery being constructed in the State of Maryland which would have required regulation under COMAR 26.11.11.04, and under Maryland's SIP. However, a facility was never constructed, and at the present time there are no petroleum refineries located in Maryland.

B. Why Is EPA Taking This Action?

EPA is approving this SIP revision at the request of MDE. Since there are no petroleum refineries located in the State of Maryland, Maryland repealed its petroleum refinery regulation, COMAR 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries, under COMAR 26.11.11, Control of Petroleum Products Installations, including Asphalt Paving and Asphalt Concrete Plants. Because there are no oil refineries in the State of Maryland, EPA is approving the SIP revision to amend COMAR 26.11.11 to repeal Regulation 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries.

C. Why is the Request Approvable?

As stated previously, there are no petroleum refineries located in Maryland. Therefore, a regulation to control such sources is not necessary. If a new petroleum refinery were to move in to Maryland, it would be subject to New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration requirements (PSD), Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) standards, as well as Maryland's Toxic Air Pollutants (TAPs) regulations. Therefore, EPA finds the Maryland request approvable.

D. What Is the Process for EPA Approval of This Action?

EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial amendment and anticipates no adverse comment. However, in a separate document in this Federal Register publication, EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision should adverse written comments be filed. This rule will be effective on July 23, 2001 without further notice unless EPA receives adverse comment by June 21, 2001. If EPA receives adverse comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that the rule will not take effect. EPA will address all public comments in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

II. Final Action Back to Top

EPA is approving the revision to the State of Maryland SIP which was submitted on January 4, 2001 by MDE. This revision amends COMAR 26.11.11, Control of Petroleum Products Installations, including Asphalt Paving and Asphalt Concrete Plants to repeal Regulation 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries.

III. What Are the Administrative Requirements? Back to Top

A. General Requirements

Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this action is not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore is not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. This action merely approves state law as meeting federal requirements and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. Accordingly, the Administrator certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). Because this rule approves pre-existing requirements under state law and does not impose any additional enforceable duty beyond that required by state law, it does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Public Law 104-4). This rule also does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), nor will it have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999), because it merely approves a state rule implementing a federal standard, and does not alter the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the Clean Air Act. This rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant.

In reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. In this context, in the absence of a prior existing requirement for the State to use voluntary consensus standards (VCS), EPA has no authority to disapprove a SIP submission for failure to use VCS. It would thus be inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews a SIP submission, to use VCS in place of a SIP submission that otherwise satisfies the provisions of the Clean Air Act. Thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. As required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996), in issuing this rule, EPA has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct. EPA has complied with Executive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1988) by examining the takings implications of the rule in accordance with the “Attorney General's Supplemental Guidelines for the Evaluation of Risk and Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings'' issued under the executive order. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this rule and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. This rule is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by July 23, 2001. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule approving the repeal of Regulation 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries under COMAR 26.11.11, Control of Petroleum Products Installations, including Asphalt Paving and Asphalt Concrete Plants does not affect the finality of this rule for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52 Back to Top

Dated: May 1, 2000

William C. Early,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

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40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

PART 52—[AMENDED] Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Subpart V—Maryland Back to Top

2.Section 52.1070 is amended by adding paragraphs (c)(161) to read as follows:

§ 52.1070 Identification of plan.

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(161) Revisions to the State of Maryland Regulations pertaining to the repeal of COMAR 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries, submitted on January 4, 2001, by the Maryland Department of the Environment:

(i) Incorporation by reference.

(A) Letter of January 4, 2001, from the Maryland Department of the Environment transmitting amendments to COMAR 26.11.11 to repeal Regulation 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries.

(B) Amendments to COMAR 26.11.11, Control of Petroleum Products Installations, including Asphalt Paving and Asphalt Concrete Plants, repealing Regulation 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries, effective October 5, 1998.

(ii) Additional Material. Remainder of the January 4, 2001 submittal pertaining to the repeal of COMAR 26.11.11.04, Petroleum Refineries.

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[FR Doc. 01-12712 Filed 5-21-01; 8:45 am]

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