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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Massachusetts; New Source Review Revision

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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EPA is proposing to approve State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These revisions establish and require the implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments (CAAA) requirements regarding New Source Review (NSR) in areas that have not attained the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). The intended effect of this action is to approve Massachusetts revisions to 310 CMR 7.00 Appendix A, “Emission Offsets and Nonattainment Review.” In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should 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 Start Printed Page 64403provision 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.


Comments must be received on or before November 27, 2000.


Comments may be mailed to Steven Rapp, Unit Manager, Air Permits Program, Office of Ecosystem Protection (mail code CAP), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA—New England, One Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02114-2023. Copies of the State submittal and EPA's technical support document are available for public inspection during normal business hours, by appointment at the Office of Ecosytem Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region I, 1 Congress Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02114-2023 and Division of Air Quality Control, Department of Environmental Protection, One Winter Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02108.

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Brendan McCahill, (617) 918-1652.

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For additional information, see the direct final rule which is located in the Rules Section of this Federal Register.

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Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

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Dated: October 19, 2000.

Mindy S. Lubber,

Regional Administrator, EPA New England.

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[FR Doc. 00-27658 Filed 10-26-00; 8:45 am]