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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to General Rules and Regulations for Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Sources and Modifications

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Direct final rule.

SUMMARY:

The EPA is taking direct final action to approve revisions of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP). Specifically, EPA is approving revisions to regulations of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) which relate to definitions in Texas' general rules and to regulations relating to the permitting of new sources and modifications. The revisions that EPA is approving in this action are to recodify several provisions of the existing SIP without substantive changes and approve provisions for permit alterations which will strengthen the SIP as it pertains to the permitting of new and modified sources. Approval of these revisions will bring the federally approved SIP, which pertains to the permitting of new and modified sources more closely in line with the Texas' existing program. This action will better serve the State, the public, and the regulated community by making the approved SIP more closely match the rules that Texas currently implements. The approval of these revisions is independent of, and will not adversely affect, other SIP actions that EPA and TNRCC are currently undertaking to ensure the attainment and maintenance of air quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Galveston, and Beaumont-Port Arthur regions of Texas. Except where otherwise noted, EPA is approving revisions which Texas submitted in 1998 to the extent that they are equivalent to revisions that Texas previously submitted in 1993. Where noted, EPA is acting on provisions which Texas submitted in 1993. Finally, Start Printed Page 48797EPA is taking no action on certain provisions which relate to emissions reduction credits and offsets, permit exemptions, permit renewals, and emergency orders, which are not in the current SIP and for reasons discussed in the Supplementary Information.

DATES:

This rule is effective on November 23, 2001 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by October 24, 2001. If EPA receives such comment, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register informing the public that this rule will not take effect.

ADDRESSES:

Please address written comments on this action to Ms. Jole C. Luehrs, Chief, Air Permits Section, Attention: Stanley M. Spruiell, at the EPA Region 6 Office listed below. Copies of documents relevant to this action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following locations. Anyone wanting to examine these documents should make an appointment with the appropriate office at least two working days in advance.

EPA, Region 6, Air Permits Section (6PD-R), 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733

TNRCC, Office of Air Quality, 12124 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas 78753

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stanley M. Spruiell of the Air Permits Section at (214) 665-7212, or at spruiell.stanley@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Throughout this document “we,” “us,” or “our” means EPA. Please note that if we receive adverse comment(s) on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision is independent of the remainder of the rule, we may adopt those provisions of the rule that are not the subject to the adverse comment.

Table of Contents

I. What Action Are We Taking?

I. What Actions Are We Taking on Chapter 101?

III. Why Are We Approving the Revisions to Chapter 116?

IV. Have We Approved Any Portions of the 1993 Submittal Prior to Today's Action?

V. Are We Approving all Provisions of Chapter 116?

VI. Why Are We Taking No Action on the Provisions Identified Above?

VII. Are We Approving Provisions That Did Not Exist in the Former SIP?

VIII. What is the Effect of Today's Action?

IX. What Texas Sip Regulations Are Being Replaced by This Action?

X. Administrative Requirements

I. What Action Are We Taking?

In today's action, we are approving into the SIP revisions of 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 101, “General Rules” and Chapter 116, “Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification.” The Governor of Texas submitted the following revisions to Chapters 101 and 116 to the Administrator of EPA after adequate notice and public hearing:

A. On August 31, 1993 (the “1993 submittal”). The 1993 submittal includes revisions adopted by Texas on August 16, 1993. It revises Chapters 101 and 116. Specifically, the 1993 submittal includes the following:

  • Revisions to the General Rules in 30 TAC Chapter 101, section 101.1—Definitions.
  • Revisions to and recodification of Chapter 116. The 1993 submittal serves as the base regulation for subsequent revisions that TNRCC has adopted, or will adopt.

B. July 22, 1998 (the “1998 submittal”). This submittal includes revisions adopted by TNRCC on June 17, 1998. It includes the following:

  • Provisions for implementing section 112(g) of the Act, and includes a new section 116.15—section 112(g) definitions, and a new subchapter C—Hazardous Air Pollutants: Regulations Governing Construction or Reconstruction Major Sources (Federal Clean Air Act (FCAA), section 112(g), 40 CFR part 63). We are taking no action on subchapter C.
  • Changes which TNRCC made under its regulatory reform to simplify and clarify its rules. These changes which do not involve substantive changes include: (1) Using shorter sentences, (2) limiting each citation to one main concept, (3) reordering requirements into a more logical sequence, and (4) using more commonplace terminology.[1]

In today's action, we are approving the revisions to Chapter 116 as revisions to the Texas SIP as described herein.

We have prepared a Technical Support Document (TSD) which contains a detailed analysis of our evaluation of this action. The TSD is included as part of the public docket and is available at the addresses listed above.

II. What Actions Are We Taking on Chapter 101?

The 1993 submittal included revisions to Chapter 101, section 101.1 (Definitions). Texas revised the definition of the term “nonattainment area.” Texas also removed several terms which relate to permitting major sources and major modifications in nonattainment areas, and simultaneously recodified those definitions into section 116.12.[2]

Table 1 below summarizes our evaluation of each definition in section 101.1 that we are approving in today's action.

Table 1.—Summary of Evaluation of the definitions in Section 101.1

RegulationTitle/(subject)Comments
101.1General Definitions (Introductory paragraph)a
101.1—Nonattainment areab
101.1—De minimis impactc
a—No substantive changes to approved provision. This provision continues to meet the Act.
b—Revised definition. We have determined that the revised definition is consistent with the Act.
c—Reinstatement of definition inadvertently deleted from the approved SIP on August 19, 1997 (62 Federal Register 44083).

The submitted definition of “nonattainment area” is different from the definition submitted May 13, 1992, which EPA approved September 27, 1995 (60 FR 49781). The TNRCC reworded the definition to avoid using the defined word “nonattainment” within the definition. As submitted, TNRCC now defines “nonattainment area” as a region within the State which EPA has designated, under section 107(d) of the Clean Air Act (the “Act”), Start Printed Page 48798as failing to meet a national ambient air quality standard for a pollutant for which a standard exists. The revised definition continues to be substantially equivalent to the definition of “nonattainment area” as defined in section 171(2) of the Act.

The 1993 submittal also includes the definition of “de minimis impact” in section 116.10. Texas repealed the definition from section 116.10 in the 1998 submittal. In a separate action, we approved this definition in section 116.10 as submitted in 1993 at 62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997). In that action, we inadvertently removed the same definition from section 101.1. Subsequently, we discovered that Texas had retained the term “de minimis impact” in section 101.1. By this action, we are reinstating the definition of “de minimis impact” into section 101.1 as approved at 56 FR 46117 (September 10, 1991) and approving the repeal of the same definition from section 116.10 which Texas submitted in the 1998 submittal.

III. Why Are We Approving the Revisions to Chapter 116?

Approval of these revisions to Chapter 116 will bring the federally approved SIP for Chapter 116 more closely in line with the Chapter as it currently exists in the State's program. Our approval of these revisions will also facilitate future revisions to Chapter 116, by enabling us to approve them into the current organizational structure. This approval also better serves the State, the public, and the regulated community by making the approved SIP more closely match the rules that Texas currently implements.

As revised August 16, 1993, and June 17, 1998, Chapter 116 is organized as indicated in Table 2 below:

Table 2.—Organization of Chapter 116 a

CitationTitle
Subchapter ADefinitions.
Subchapter BNew Source Review Permits.
Division 1Permit Application.
Division 2Compliance History.
Division 3Public Notification and Comment Procedures.
Division 4Permit Fees.
Division 5Nonattainment Review.
Division 6Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review.
Division 7Emission Reductions: Offsets.
Subchapter C \b\Permit Exemptions.
Subchapter D \b\Permit Renewals.
Subchapter E \b\Emergency Orders.
a This organization of Chapter 116 is the organization that Texas has submitted. As will be discussed herein, we are not acting on all provisions that Texas has submitted.
b The EPA is taking no action on subchapters C and E in today's action.

IV. Have We Approved Any Portions of the 1993 Submittal Prior to Today's Action?

We previously approved portions of the 1993 submittal in separate actions as indicated in Table 3 below.

Table 3.—Provisions of August 31, 1993, Submittal of Chapter 116, Previously Approved by EPA

State citationTitleFederal Register (FR) publication date and page No.
Subchapter A—Definitions
Section 116.10General Definitions62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997)
Section 116.12Nonattainment Review Definitions60 FR 49781 (September 27, 1995) and 65 FR 43986 (July 17, 2000).
Subchapter B—New Source Review Permits
Division 4—Permit Fees
Section 116.141, Subsections (a), and (c)-(e)Determination of Fees62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997).
Division 5—Nonattainment Review
Section 116.150New Major Source or Major Modification in Ozone Nonattainment Area65 FR 43986 (July 17, 2000).
Section 116.151New Major Source or Modification in Nonattainment Area Other than Ozone65 FR 43986 (July 17, 2000).
Division 6—Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review
Section 116.160Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review Requirements62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997).
Section 116.161Source Located in an Attainment Area with Greater than De Minimis Impact62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997).
Section 116.162Evaluation of Air Quality Impacts62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997).
Section 116.163Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permits Fees62 FR 44083 (August 19, 1997).
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Division 7—Emission reduction: Offsets
Section 116.170, and Subsections (1) and (3)Applicability of Reduction Credits65 FR 43986 (July 17, 2000).

With respect to the sections identified in Table 3 above, today's action approves the codification of these provisions into the organization structure adopted in 1998 submittal and any nonsubstantive changes to the previously approved provisions.

V. Are We Approving All Provisions of Chapter 116?

No. We are taking no action on the provisions of Chapter 116 identified in Table 4 below.

Table 4.—Provisions of Chapter 116 for Which EPA Is Taking No Action

Citation of Chapter 116 aTitle/subjectReason for taking no action
Subchapter A—Definitions
Section 116.10 (1993 submittal)General Definitions Definitions of “de minimis impact” and “emissions unit”b
Section 116.10(1)Definition of “actual emissions”c
Section 116.10(2)Definition of “allowable emissions”c
Section 116.10(3)Definition of “best available control technology”c
Section 116.10(4)Definition of “facility”c
Section 116.10(6)Definition of “grandfathered facility”c
Section 116.10(8)Definition of “maximum allowable emission rate table (MAERT)”c
Section 116.10(9)Definition of “modification of existing facility”c
Section 116.10(10)Definition of “new facility”c
Section 116.10(14)Definition of “qualified facility”c
Section 116.13Flexible Permit Definitionsc
Section 116.14Standard Permit Definitionsc
Section 116.15Section 112(g) Definitionsd
Subchapter B—New Source Review Permits
Division 1—Permit Application
Section 116.110(a)(2)New Source Review (NSR) permit not required if source satisfies condition for standard permitc
Section 116.110(a)(3)(NSR) permit not required if source satisfies condition for flexible permitc
Section 116.110(b) (1993 submittal)Operations Certificate (repealed from Section 116.110 in 1998 submittal)b
Section 116.110(c)Exclusions from permittingc
Section 116.111(2)(K)Hazardous Air Pollutantsd
Section 116.115(b)General Conditionsc
Section 116.115(c)(2)(A)(i)Special conditions for sources subject to standard permitsc
Section 116.115(c)(2)(B)(ii)(I)Special conditions for sources subject to Subchapter C (Hazardous Air Pollutants)d
Section 116.116(b)(3)Changes at Section 112(g) facilitiesd
Section 116.116(e)Changes to qualified facilitiesc
Section 116.116(f)Use of creditsc
Section 116.117Documentation and Notification of Changes to Qualified Facilitiesc
Section 116.118Pre-Change Qualificationc
Division 3—Public Notice
Section 116.130(c)Applications subject to the requirements of Subchapter C of Chapter 116 (relating to Hazardous Air Pollutants)d
Section 116.132(c)Additional alternate language public noticec
Section 116.132(d)Exemptions from alternate language notificationc
Section 116.133(f)Alternate language sign postingc
Section 116.133(g)Exemptions from alternate language sign postingc
Section 136Public Comment Proceduresc
Division 7—Emission Reductions: Offsets
Section 116.170(2)Applicability for Reduction Creditse
Section 116.174Determination by the Executive Director to Authorize Reductionse
Section 116.175Recordkeepinge
Subchapter C—Permit Exemptions (1993 submittal)f
Subchapter C—Hazardous Air Pollutants: Regulations Governing Constructed or Reconstructed Major Sources (FCAA, section 112(g), 40 CFR part 63)d
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Subchapter D—Permit Renewalsg
Subchapter E—Emergency Ordersh
Subchapter F—Standard Permitsc
Subchapter G—Flexible Permitsc
a Except where otherwise noted, this refers to a provision contained in the 1998 submittal.
b Provisions repealed from Chapter 116 in the 1998 submittal.
c Not equivalent to 1993 submittal. See discussion in section VI.A of this preamble.
d Implementation of section 112(g) is carried out separately from the SIP activities. See discussion in section VI.B of this preamble.
e As described in section VI.C of this preamble.
f As described in section VI.D of this preamble.
g As described in section VI.E of this preamble.
h As described in section VI.F of this preamble.

VI. Why Are We Taking No Action on the Provisions Identified Above?

A. General Comments

As mentioned above, we are approving the 1998 submittal to the extent that it is equivalent to the 1993 submittal. The 1998 submittal includes new provisions as well as numerous changes that the TNRCC adopted subsequent to the 1993 submittal and carried forward into the 1998 submittal. We are still reviewing the new provisions and the provisions carried forward from rulemaking actions adopted subsequent to the 1993 submittal. However, if we wait until we complete our review and evaluation of these provisions, we would have to delay action on the portions of the 1998 submittal that we consider to be approvable. As stated above, we believe that it is important to act on the provisions of the 1998 submittal that are consistent with the 1993 submittal to ensure that the approved SIP more closely matches the rules that the TNRCC administers and enforces.

Accordingly, today's action approves the 1998 submittal to the extent that the 1998 submittal is equivalent to the provisions of the 1993 submittal that we are approving. We are taking no action on the provisions of the 1998 submittal that are not equivalent to the 1993 submittal, except where otherwise indicated.[3]

We are reviewing the provisions which we are not acting upon today. When we complete our review, we will take appropriate action on these provision in separate Federal Register actions. The TSD contains a detailed evaluation which documents why we are taking no action on these provisions.

B. Provisions Implementing Section 112(g) of the Act Concerning Constructed or Reconstructed Major Sources of Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP)

We are taking no action on subchapter C of Chapter 116—Hazardous Air Pollutants: Regulations Governing Constructed or Reconstructed Major Sources (FCAA, section 112(g), 40 CFR part 63), as submitted with the 1998 submittal. The program for reviewing and permitting constructed and reconstructed major sources of HAP is regulated under section 112 of the Act and under 40 CFR part 63, subpart B. Under these provisions, States establish case-by-case determinations of maximum achievable control technology for new and reconstructed major sources of HAP. The process for these provisions is carried out separately from the SIP activities. We are thus taking no action on subchapter C of Chapter 116 in today's action.

C. Emission Reductions: Offsets

In letters to TNRCC dated August 3, 1999, and September 27, 2000, we informed TNRCC that we had concerns relating to the approval of sections 116.170(2), 116.174, and 116.175.

On the basis of subsequent discussions with TNRCC on August 15, 2000, EPA and TNRCC have agreed that it is appropriate to take no action on sections 116.170(2), 116.174, and 116.175 in today's direct final approval. Our letter to TNRCC on September 27, 2000, confirmed this understanding. We will act on these provisions in a separate action after TNRCC resolves the outstanding concerns to our satisfaction. Additional information regarding our concerns with these provisions is contained in the TSD.

D. Permit Exemptions

On December 29, 1998, TNRCC requested that we delay action on approving subchapter C—Permit Exemptions as submitted in 1993. In a subsequent letter dated April 26, 1999, TNRCC provided its reason for requesting us to delay approval of subchapter C. Texas requested the delay because of several bills that were before the Texas Legislature which, if passed and signed into law, would affect the new source permitting structure, including the exemptions from permitting. These bills were passed and signed into law. The TNRCC is currently in the process of developing regulations to implement the new permitting structure which includes changes to the exemptions from permitting. Because we anticipate that Texas will significantly revise and restructure its provisions for exemptions from permitting and subsequently submit the changes to us as SIP revisions, we will delay action on subchapter C (as submitted in 1993) pending the submission of these SIP revisions.

Because we are taking no action on subchapter C as submitted in 1993, the following TNRCC regulation remains in the Texas SIP: section 116.6 (Exemptions) as approved by EPA on August 13, 1982 (47 FR 35193).

E. Permit Renewals

The governor submitted subchapter D (Permit Renewals) of Chapter 116 in the 1993 submittal. However, the 1998 submittal incorporates revisions that Texas adopted after the 1993 submittal and which we have not approved. The changes significantly revise subchapter D to the extent that it is not equivalent to subchapter D as submitted in the 1993 submittal. We have not completed our review of these changes and are therefore taking no action on subchapter D in today's action. We will act on subchapter D in a separate action following our review of the changes adopted subsequent to the 1993 submittal.

F. Emergency Orders

The Governor submitted subchapter E (Emergency Orders) as part of the 1993 submittal. An emergency order authorizes the immediate action for the addition, replacement, or repair of facilities or control equipment, and authorizes the associated emissions of air contaminants, whenever a catastrophic event necessitates such construction. An applicant that qualifies Start Printed Page 48801for an emergency order would need to submit an application under the requirements of section 116.411.

On December 10, 1998, the Governor of Texas submitted SIP revisions pertaining to Emergency Orders. In that submittal, Texas recodified and revised the provisions pertaining to Emergency Orders into 30 TAC chapter 35. We are still reviewing the December 10, 1998, SIP revisions. We will act on the provisions relating to Emergency Orders in a separate action.

In letters to TNRCC dated August 3, 1999, and September 27, 2000, we identified concerns related to subchapter E, submitted August 31, 1993, and with the revisions submitted December 10, 1998.

To date, TNRCC has not addressed our concerns. On the basis of subsequent discussions with TNRCC on August 15, 2000, the EPA and TNRCC have agreed that it is appropriate to take no action on subchapter E, submitted August 31, 1993, and the SIP revisions submitted December 10, 1998, in today's direct final approval. Our letter to TNRCC on September 27, 2000, confirmed this understanding. We will act on these provisions in a separate action after TNRCC resolves the outstanding concerns to our satisfaction. Additional information regarding our concerns with these provisions is contained in the TSD.

VII. Are We Approving Provisions That Did Not Exist in the Former SIP?

We are approving subsection (c) in section 116.116. This subsection sets forth provisions for permit alterations. This subsection defines a permit alteration as a variation to a representation in a permit application or in a general or special condition of a permit that decreases the allowable emissions or does not change the character or method of control of emissions. The TNRCC must approve any request for permit alteration which may result in an increase in off-property concentrations of air contaminants, may involve a change in permit conditions, or may affect facility or control equipment performance. Changes subject to permit alterations are non-substantive and involve no emissions increase. Alterations only apply to nonsubstantive changes to a permitted emission unit. Like kind replacement of emissions units and new emission units are not allowed under the permit alteration provisions. Permit alterations are not granted for changes which qualify for permit amendments under section 116.116(b). Such permit amendment is required for any change which involves an increase in emissions or a change in the method of control. Examples of changes eligible for permit alterations include: (1) Changes to a special condition in a permit to add an annual production rate for a unit that was inadvertently left out, (2) revising an emission point to show fugitive emissions and emissions from a newly installed control device as two separate emission points, and (3) changes to a special condition to reflect that primary seals for external floating roof tanks may be liquid-mounted primary seals or mechanical shoes. The use of alterations is limited only to changes which involve no increase in emissions and no changes in the method of control. Accordingly, such changes will not result in a violation of the applicable portion of the control strategy [4] or interfere with attainment or maintenance of a national standard, thus meeting the requirements of 40 CFR 51.160.[5] Subsection (c) as submitted in 1998 is equivalent to the 1993 submittal.

VIII. What Is the Effect of Today's Action?

This action approves the recodification of several provisions of Texas regulations for permitting new and modified sources as submitted August 31, 1993. Today's action replaces several outdated Sections of the former SIP and with new Sections under the current numbering system used for Chapter 116. By approving these revisions, the SIP-approved version of Chapter 116 more closely correlates with the numbering system currently used by Texas.

IX. What Texas SIP Regulations Are Being Replaced by This Action?

Table 5 below cross-references the provisions that we are approving to the corresponding provisions in the former SIP. Table 5 identifies the new SIP citation, the former SIP citation, the adoption date of the section that we are approving, the title of the Section, and any explanatory notes. Where noted, the “explanation” column may identify the portions of the “New SIP Citation” which we are not approving in today's action. The reasons for not approving such provisions, as identified in the “explanation” column, are provided in section VI of this preamble.

Table 5.—Provisions of 30 TAC That We Are Approving Into Texas' SIP

New SIP citationFormer SIP citationDated adopted by StateTitleExplanation
Chapter 101—General Rules
Section 101.1Same08/16/93DefinitionsThis action approves the revised definition of “nonattainment area” and reinstates the definition of “de minimis impact.”
Chapter 116—Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification
Subchapter A—Definitions
Section 116.10Sections 101.1, 116.3(a)(1)(B), and 116.14(a)(7)06/17/98General DefinitionsThe New SIP Citation does not include Sections 116.10(1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (8), (9), (10), and (14).
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Section 116.11Section 116.14(a)(1)(6)06/17/98Compliance History Definitions
Subchapter B—New Source Review Permits
Division 1—Permit Application
Section 116.110Sections 116.1(a)-(c), 116.2, and 116.3(b)06/17/98ApplicabilityThe New SIP Citation does not include Sections 116.110(a)(2), (a)(3), and (c).
Section 116.111Section 116.3(a)06/17/98General ApplicationThe New SIP Citation does not include Section 116.111(2)(K).
Section 116.112Sections 116.3(a)(1)(B) and 116.3(a)(13)06/17/98Distance Limitations
Section 116.114Sections 116.3(f), 116.5, 116.10(a)(1), and 116.10(e)06/17/98Application Review Schedule
Section 116.115Section 116.406/17/98Special ProvisionsThe New SIP Citation does not include Sections 116.115(b), (c)(2)(A)(i), and (c)(2)(B)(ii)(I).
Section 116.116Section 116.506/17/98Changes to FacilitiesThe New SIP Citation does not inlcude Sections 116.116(b)(3), (e), and (f).
Division 2—Compliance History
Section 116.120Section 116.14(b)06/17/98Applicability
Section 116.121Section 116.14(c)06/17/98Exemptions
Section 116.122Section 116.14(d)06/17/98Contents of Compliance History
Section 116.123Section 116.14(e)06/17/98Effective Dates
Section 116.124Section 116.14(f)06/17/98Public Notice of Compliance History
Section 116.125Section 116.14(g)06/17/98Preservation of Existing Rights and Procedures
Section 116.126Section 116.14(h)06/17/98Voidance of Permit Applications
Division 3—Public Notice
Section 116.130Section 116.10(a)(7)06/17/98ApplicabilityThe New SIP Citation does not include Section 116.130(c).
Section 116.131Section 116.10(a)(1) and (2)06/17/98Public Notification
Section 116.132Section 116.10(a)(3) and (4)06/17/98Public Notice FormatThe New SIP Citation does not include Sections 116.132(c) and (d).
Section 116.133Did not exist06/17/98Sign Posting RequirementsThe New SIP Citation does not include Sections 116.134(f) and (g).
Section 116.134Section 116.10(a)(5)06/17/98Notification of Affected Agencies
Section 116.136Section 116.10(b)08/16/93Public Comment Procedures
Section 116.137Section 116.10(c)06/16/93Notification of Final Action by the Commission
Division 4—Permit Fees
Section 116.140Section 116.11(a) and (e)06/17/98Applicability
Section 116.141Section 116.11(b)06/17/98Determination of FeesSections 116.141(a), (c)-(e) previously approved. Today's action approves Section 116.143(b) and changes to Section 116.141 of the 1998 submittal.
Section 116.143Section 116.11(c)-(f)06/17/98Payment of Fees
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Division 5—Nonattainment Review
Section 116.150Section 116.15002/24/99New Major Source or Major Modification in Ozone Nonattainment AreaPreviously approved. No changes in 1998 submittal. Today's action approves incorporation into Division 5.
Section 116.151Section 116.15103/18/98New Major Source or Major Modification in Nonattainment Area Other than Ozone
Division 6—Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review
Section 116.160Section 116.16006/17/98Prevention of Significant Deterioration RequirementsPreviously approved. Today's action approves changes in Sections 116.160 and 116.161 of the 1998 submital.
Section 116.161Section 116.16106/17/98Sources Located in an Attainment Area with a Greater than de Minimis Impact
Section 116.162Section 116.16208/16/93Evaluation of Air Quality ImpactsPreviously approved. No changes in 1998 submittal. Today's action approves incorporation into Division 6.
Section 116.163Section 116.16308/16/93Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permits Fees
Division 7—Emission Reduction: Offsets
Section 116.170Section 116.17006/17/98Applicability of Reduction CreditsPreviously approved. Today's action approves changes in 1998 submitted. The New SIP Citation does not include Section 116.170(2).

X. Administrative 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. For this reason, this action is also not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). 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 tribal implications because it will 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). This action also does not have Federalism implications because it does not 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). This action 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 “Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks” (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. 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.).

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Start Printed Page 48804Fairness 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. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

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 November 23, 2001. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule 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).)

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: September 12, 2001.

Gregg A. Cooke,

Regional Administrator, Region 6.

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Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 52—[AMENDED]

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

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

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Subpart SS—Texas

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2. In § 52.2270 the table in paragraph (c) is amended as follows:

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a. Under Chapter 101, revising the entry for Section 101.1;

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b. Under Chapter 116, deleting all existing entries and replacing with new entries as shown below:

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Identification of plan.
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EPA Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP

State citationTitle/subjectState submittal/approval dateEPA approval dateExplanation
Chapter 101—General Rules
Section 101.1Definitions06/29/20009/24/01Ref 52.2299(c)(102). Notes:
1. On 7/17/2000 EPA approved removal of Nonattainment review definitions from 101.1 and addition to Chapter 116, Section 116.12;
2. On 11/28/2000 EPA approved definitions of “Reportable Quantity” and “Reportable Upset;”
3. Last action EPA approved revised definition of “nonattainment area” and reinstatement of definition of “de minimis impact.”
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Chapter 116 (Reg 6)—Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification
Section 116.6Exemptions03/27/7508/13/82, 47 FR 35194
Subchapter A—Definitions
Section 116.10General Definitions06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Sections 116.10(1), (2), (3), (4), (6), (8), (9), (10), and (14).
Section 116.11Compliance History Definitions06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.12Nonattainment Review Definitions02/24/9907/17/00, 65 FR 43994
Subchapter B—New Source Review Permits
Division 1: Permit Application
Section 116.110Applicability06/17/989/24/01The SIP 116.110 does not include Sections 116.110(a)(2), (a)(3), and (c).
Section 116.111General Application06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Section 116.111(2)(K).
Section 116.112Distance Limitations06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.114Application Review Schedule06/17/989/24/01
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Schedule 116.115Special Provisions06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Sections 116.115(b), (c)(2)(A)(i), and (c)(2)(B)(ii)(I).
Section 116.116Amendments and Alterations06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Sections 116.115(b)(3), number] (e), and (f).
Division 2: Compliance History
Section 116.120Applicability06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.121Exemptions06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.122Contents of Compliance History06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.123Effective Dates06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.124Public Notice of Compliance History06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.125Preservation of Existing Rights and Procedures06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.126Voidance of Permit Applications06/17/989/24/01
Division 3: Public Notice
Section 116.130Applicability06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Section 116.130(c).
Section 116.131Public Notification Requirements06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.132Public Notice Format06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Sections 116.132(c) and (d).
Section 116.133Sign Posting Requirements06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Sections 116.133(f) and (g).
Section 116.134Notification of Affected Agencies06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.136Public Comment Procedures08/16/939/24/01
Section 116.137Notification of Final Action by the Commission08/16/939/24/01
Division 4: Permit Fees
Section 116.140Applicability06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.141Determination of Fees06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.143Payment of Fees06/17/989/24/01
Division 5: Nonattainment Review
Section 116.150New Major Source or Major Modification in Ozone Nonattainment Area02/24/9907/17/00, 65 FR 43986
Section 116.151New Major Source or Major Modification in Nonattainment Area Other than Ozone03/18/9807/17/00, 65 FR 43986
Division 6: Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review
Section 116.160Prevention of Significant Deterioration Review Requirements06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.161Source Located in an Attainment Area with Greater than De Minimis Impact06/17/989/24/01
Section 116.162Evaluation of Air Quality Impacts08/16/9308/19/97, 62 FR 44083
Section 116.163Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit Fees08/16/9308/19/97, 62 FR 44083
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Division 7: Emission Reductions: Offsets
Section 116.170Applicability of Reduction Credits06/17/989/24/01The SIP does not include Section 116.170(2).
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Footnotes

1.  The 1998 submittal also includes provisions which TNRCC adopted subsequent to the 1993 submittal but not yet approved by EPA. Except where otherwise indicated, we are taking no action on revisions made after the 1993 submittal which are not substantially equivalent to the 1993 submittal until we complete our review of these subsequent revisions.

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2.  We approved the nonattainment definitions in section 116.12 and the removal of such terms from section 101.1 in a separate action at 65 FR 43986 (July 17, 2000).

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3.  In some cases provisions of the 1998 submittal are readily recognized to be consistent with the Act and have the effect of strengthening the SIP even though they are not equivalent to the 1993 submittal. These provisions are identified in the TSD and where identified are being approved in today's action.

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4.  The term “control strategy” is defined in 40 CFR 51.100(n) as a combination of measures designated to achieve the aggregate emission reductions necessary for attainment and maintenance of national ambient air quality standards.

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5.  40 CFR 51.160 requires each SIP to contain legally enforceable measures that enable the State to determine whether the construction or modification of a facility, building, structure, or installation, or combination thereof will result in: (1) A violation of applicable portions of the control strategy; or (2) interference with attainment of maintenance of a national standard in the State in which the proposed source (or modification) is located or in a neighboring State.

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