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Approval and Promulgation of State Plans for Designated Facilities and Pollutants: Rhode Island; Plan for Controlling Emissions From Existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerators

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes to approve the Sections 111(d)/129 State Plan submitted by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) on August 23, 2000. This State Plan is for carrying out and enforcing provisions that are at least as protective as the Emissions Guidelines (EG) applicable to certain existing Hospital/Medical/Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) units in accordance with sections 111 and 129 of the Clean Air Act.

The Rhode Island DEM submitted the Plan to satisfy certain Federal Clean Air Act requirements. In the Final Rules Section of the Federal Register, EPA is Start Printed Page 21111approving the Rhode Island State Plan submittal as a direct final rule without a prior proposal. EPA is doing this because the Agency views this action as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates that it will not receive any significant, material, and adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule elsewhere in today's Federal Register. If EPA does not receive any significant, material, and adverse comments to this rule, then the approval will become final without further proceedings. If EPA receives adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and EPA will address all public comments received in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule, EPA will not begin a second comment period.


EPA must receive comments in writing by May 29, 2001.


You should address your written comments to: Mr. Steven Rapp, Manager, Air Permits Program, Office of Ecosystem Protection, U.S. EPA, One Congress Street, Suite 1100 (CAP), Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2023.

Copies of documents relating to this proposed rule are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations: Environmental Protection Agency, Air Permits Unit, Office of Ecosystem Protection, Suite 1100 (CAP), One Congress Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2023, or Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Office of Air Resources, 235 Promenade Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02908-5767, (401) 222-2808.

The interested persons wanting to examine these documents should make an appointment with the appropriate office at least 24 hours before the day of the visit.

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John Courcier, Office of Ecosystem Protection (CAP), EPA—New England, Region 1, Boston, Massachusetts 02203, (617) 918-1659, or by e-mail at While the public may forward questions to EPA via e-mail, it must submit comments on this proposed rule according to the procedures outlined above.

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See the information provided in the Direct Final action of the same title which is found in the Rules Section of this Federal Register.

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Dated: April 12, 2001.

Ira W. Leighton,

Acting Regional Administrator, EPA New England.

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[FR Doc. 01-10426 Filed 4-26-01; 8:45 am]