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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; South Carolina: Approval of Miscellaneous Revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Direct final rule.

SUMMARY:

On November 21, 2001, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control submitted revisions to the South Carolina State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions include the amending of volatile organic compounds (VOC's), prevention of significant deterioration (PSD), and other miscellaneous regulations. The purpose of these revisions is to make the revised regulations consistent with the requirements of the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990. The EPA is approving these revisions.

DATES:

This direct final rule is effective July 8, 2002 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comment by June 6, 2002. If adverse comment is received, EPA will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule in the Federal Register and inform the public that the rule will not take effect.

ADDRESSES:

All comments should be addressed to: Randy Terry at the EPA, Region 4 Air Planning Branch, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960.

Copies of the State submittal(s) are available at the following addresses for inspection during normal business hours:

Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Air Planning Branch, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-8960. Randy Terry, 404/562-9032.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201-1708.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Randy B. Terry at 404/562-9032, or by electronic mail at terry.randy@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On November 21, 2001, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) submitted revisions to the South Carolina SIP. These revisions include Start Printed Page 30595the amending of volatile organic compounds (VOC's), prevention of significant deterioration (PSD), and other miscellaneous regulations. A description of each revision submitted is listed below.

II. Analysis of South Carolina's Submittal

Regulation 61-62, Air Pollution Control Regulations and Standards

.1 Section I, Definition 94. The definition of VOC was revised to include volatile methyl silicates.

.1 Section II, Permit Requirements; Part B(1). This section was revised to clarify when the written request for an operating permit is due.

.5 Standard 1, Emissions From Fuel Burning Operations; Section I.A. This section was revised to clarify the opacity requirements for existing sources. Section I.B. This section was revised to clarify the opacity requirements for new sources.

.5 Standard 4 Emissions from Process Industries; Section XI, and .5 Standard 5, Volatile Organic Compounds; Section I, Part C. These sections were revised to update a reference to the Clean Air Act.

.5 Standard 5 Volatile Organic Compounds Section I, Part A. This section was amended to correct the definition of “petroleum liquids.” Section II, Part A(2). This section was amended to add language to aid in the clarity of the regulation.

.5 Standard 7. Prevention of Significant Deterioration. This regulation was replaced in whole to adopt a new regulation that incorporates the Federal Amendments.

The following sections were amended to correct minor typographical errors—

.3 Section I, Air Pollution Episodes

Numbers 2,3,4

.5 Standard 4 Emissions From Process Industries

Section V, and Section VIII

.5 Standard 5 Volatile Organic Compounds

Section I, Part D; Section I, Part E(1); Section I, Part F(3); Section II, Part F(2); and Section II, Part N(4).

.6 Standard, Alternative Emission Limitation Options

Title, Section IV and Part A.2

III. Final Action

EPA is approving the aforementioned changes to the SIP because the revisions are consistent with Clean Air Act and EPA regulatory requirements. The EPA is publishing this rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no adverse comments. However, in the proposed rules section of this Federal Register publication, EPA is publishing a separate document that will serve as the proposal to approve the SIP revision should adverse comments be filed. This rule will be effective July 8, 2002 without further notice unless the Agency receives adverse comments by June 6, 2002.

If the EPA receives such comments, then EPA will publish a document withdrawing the final rule and informing the public that the rule will not take effect. All public comments received will then be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on the proposed rule. The EPA will not institute a second comment period. Parties interested in commenting should do so at this time. If no such comments are received, the public is advised that this rule will be effective on July 8, 2002 and no further action will be taken on the proposed rule. Please note that if we receive adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, we may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

IV. 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 Fairness 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 Start Printed Page 30596States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by July 8, 2002. 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: April 8, 2002.

A. Stanley Meiburg,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 4.

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Chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows.

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PART 52—[AMENDED]

1. The authority for 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 II—South Carolina

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2. Section 52.2120(c) is amended by revising:

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a. Regulation No. 62.1, entries for “Section I” and “Section II”;

b. Regulation No. 62.3 entry for “Section I”;

c. Regulation No. 62.5 Standard No. 1 entry for “Section I”;

d. Regulation No. 62.5 Standard No. 4 entries for “Section V”, “Section VIII”, and “Section XI”;

e. Regulation No. 62.5 Standard No. 5 entries for “Section I” and “Section II, Part A, Part E, Part F and Part N”;

f. Regulation No. 62.5 Standard No. 6 title and entry, and “Section II, Part A”; and

g. Regulation No. 62.5 Standard No. 7 entire entry, to read as follows:

Identification of plan.
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Air Pollution Control Regulations for South Carolina

State citationTitle/subjectState effective dateEPA approval dateFederal register notice
Regulation No. 62.1Definitions, Permits Requirements, and Emissions Inventory
Section IDefinitions10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
Section IIPermit requirements10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Regulation No. 62.3Air Pollution Episodes
Section IEpisode Criteria10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Regulation No. 62.5Air Pollution Control Standards
Standard No. 1 Emissions from Fuel Burning Operations
Section IVisible Emissions10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Standard No. 4 Emissions from Process Industries
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Section VCotton Gins10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Section VIIIOther Manufacturing10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Section XITotal Reduced Sulfur Emissions of Kraft Pulp Mills10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Standard No. 5 Volatile Organic Compounds
Section IGeneral Provisions10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
Section II  Provisions for Specific Sources
Part ASurface Coating of Cans10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Part ESurface Coating of Magnet Wire10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
Part FSurface Coating Miscellaneous Metal Parts & Products10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Part NSolvent Metal Cleaning10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Standard No. 6 Alternative Emissions Limitation Options (“Bubble”)
10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Section II Conditions for Approval
Part AEmissions of Total Suspended Particulate or Sulfur Dioxide10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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Section III Enforceability
Standard No. 7 Prevention of Significant Deterioration
10/26/01May 7, 2002[Insert citation of publication].
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[FR Doc. 02-11288 Filed 5-6-02; 8:45 am]

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