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Proposed Consent Decree, Clean Air Act Citizen Suit

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Notice Of Proposed Consent Decree; Request For Public Comment.

Summary

In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“CAA” or the “Act”), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, Inc., and Port Townsend Airwatchers (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California: Center for Biological Diversity, et al. v. EPA, No. C-11-06059 YGR (N.D. CA). On December 6, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a complaint alleging that EPA failed to review, and if appropriate revise, the New Source Performance Standards for Kraft Pulp Mills (“Kraft Pulp NSPS”) under CAA section 111(b)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B). The proposed consent decree establishes deadlines for EPA to take action.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by October 15, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2012-0730, online at www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by email to oei.docket@epa.gov; by mail to EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be formatted in Word or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Scott Jordan, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-7508; fax number (202) 564-5603; email address: jordan.scott@epa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree Back to Top

The proposed consent decree would resolve a lawsuit filed by the Plaintiffs seeking to compel EPA to review the existing Kraft Pulp NSPS under CAA Section 111(b)(1)(B), 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B).

Under the proposed consent decree EPA shall review no later than May 15, 2013, the Kraft Pulp NSPS and sign for publication one or a combination of the following: (1) A proposed rule containing revisions to the Kraft Pulp NSPS, 40 CFR part 60, Subpart BB (“NSPS Subpart BB”), under section 111(b)(1)(B) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B); (2) a proposed determination under section 111(b)(1)(B) not to revise NSPS Subpart BB; or (3) sign for publication a determination that review is not appropriate in light of readily available information on the efficacy of NSPS Subpart BB. The proposed consent decree also states that if EPA signs a proposed rule or a proposed determination then no later than March 14, 2014, EPA shall sign one or a combination of the following: (1) A final rule containing revisions to NSPS Subpart BB under section 111(b)(1)(B) of the CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7411(b)(1)(B); or (2) a final determination under section 111(b)(1)(B) not to revise Subpart BB.

The proposed consent decree requires that, within 10 business days following signature of the proposed or final rules or determinations required in the proposed consent decree, EPA shall forward it or them to the Office of the Federal Register for publication in the Federal Register. After EPA fulfills its obligations under the proposed consent decree, the matter shall be terminated and the case dismissed with prejudice.

For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will accept written comments relating to the proposed consent decree from persons who were not named as parties or intervenors to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed consent decree if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines that consent to this consent decree should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed.

II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent Decree Back to Top

A. How can I get a copy of the consent decree?

The official public docket for this action (identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2012-0730) contains a copy of the proposed consent decree. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.

An electronic version of the public docket is available through www.regulations.gov. You may use www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, key in the appropriate docket identification number then select “search”.

It is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing online at www.regulations.gov without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not included in the official public docket or in the electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material, including copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket Center.

B. How and to whom do I submit comments?

You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments.

If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an email address or other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.

Use of the www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. The electronic public docket system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, email address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's electronic mail (email) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an email comment directly to the Docket without going through www.regulations.gov, your email address is automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.

Dated: September 7, 2012.

Lorie J. Schmidt,

Associate General Counsel.

[FR Doc. 2012-22762 Filed 9-13-12; 8:45 am]

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