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Approval of Air Quality Implementation Plan Revisions and Section 112(I) Program; Colorado; Issuance of Permits To Limit Potential to Emit Criteria and Hazardous Air Pollutants

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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The EPA is proposing to approve revisions to Colorado's construction permit requirements in Regulation No. 3 and hazardous air pollutant requirements in Regulation No. 8 of the State Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) regulations, regarding permits to limit potential to emit criteria and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). These revisions were submitted to EPA on April 26, 1996. Colorado submitted these revisions to create federally enforceable limits on criteria pollutants and HAPs, for both new and existing sources, through the State's construction permit program. EPA is approving the revisions to Regulation No. 3 regarding criteria pollutants as part of Colorado's state implementation plan (SIP) under section 110 of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

SIP approval under section 110 of the CAA, however, only extends to the control of HAPs that are criteria pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds or particulate matter, whereas section 112 of the CAA provides the underlying authority for controlling all HAPs listed in section 112(b) of the CAA. Therefore, the EPA is also approving the revisions to Regulation No. 3 and Regulation No. 8 under section 112(l) of the CAA.

In the Final Rules Section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the States' revisions to Regulations No. 3 and 8 as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views these as noncontroversial revisions 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 proposed rule, no further activity is contemplated in relation to this rule. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule.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 on this action. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time.


Comments must be received in writing on or before January 19, 2001.


Written comments may be mailed to Richard R. Long, Director, Air and Radiation Program, Mailcode 8P-AR, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region VIII, 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado, 80202. Copies of the documents relevant to this action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air and Radiation Program, Environmental Protection Agency, Region VIII, 999 18th Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado, 80202. Copies of the State documents relevant to this action are also available for public inspection at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Air Pollution Control Division, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, Colorado 80246-1530.

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Megan Williams, EPA, Region VIII, (303) 312-6431.

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See the information provided in the Direct Final action of the same title which is located in the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register.

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

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Dated: September 8, 2000.

Jack W. McGraw,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region VIII.

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[FR Doc. 00-32022 Filed 12-19-00; 8:45 am]