Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Withdrawal of direct final rule.
On June 14, 2002, the EPA promulgated amendments to the national emission standards for the secondary aluminum production industry as a direct final rule, along with a parallel proposal to be used as a basis for final action in the event that we received any adverse comments on the direct final amendments. Because one commenter submitted adverse comments on several of the provisions in the direct final rule, we are withdrawing the entire direct final rule. We will address the adverse comments in a subsequent final rule based on the parallel proposal published on June 14, 2002. We intend to publish the subsequent final rule as soon as possible.
As of August 13, 2002, the EPA withdraws the amendments to §§ 63.1501, 63.1505, 63.1506, 63.1510, 63.1511, 63.1515 and Appendix A to subpart RRR published at 67 FR 41118 on June 14, 2002.
Docket number A-2002-05, containing supporting information used in the development of this notice, is available for public inspection and copying between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for Federal holidays) at the following address: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center (6102T), 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Room B108, Washington, DC 20460, or by calling (202) 260-7548. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying docket materials.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mr. John Schaefer, Minerals and Inorganic Chemicals Group, Emission Standards Division (C504-05), Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone number (919) 541-0296, facsimile number (919) 541-5600, electronic mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On June 14, 2002, we published a direct final rule (67 FR 41118) and a parallel proposed rule (67 FR 41136) to amend the national emission standards for secondary aluminum production (40 CFR part 63, subpart RRR). The amendments were the result of settlement agreements which we executed in two cases which were brought seeking judicial review of the subpart RRR. The intent of the amendments in the direct final rule was to eliminate confusion and to clarify various compliance dates in the promulgated standard, to encourage early performance tests, and to resolve some basic applicability questions being addressed in a separate rulemaking before the compliance date for certain new sources.
We stated in the preamble to the direct final rule and parallel proposal that if we received significant material adverse comment by July 15, 2002, on Start Printed Page 52617one or more distinct provisions of the direct final rule, we would publish a timely notice in the Federal Register specifying which provisions will become effective and which provisions will be withdrawn due to adverse comment. We subsequently received from one commenter adverse comments on six of the amendments:
- § 63.1501(c), which deferred the compliance date for new and reconstructed affected sources which are located at existing aluminum die casting, foundry, or extrusion facilities; and
- § 63.1505(c),(d),(e),(f), and (k), which deferred the compliance date for thermal chip dryers, scrap dryers/delacquering kilns/decoating kilns, sweat furnaces and secondary aluminum processing units from the date on which performance testing was completed until the compliance date specified in § 63.1501.
In light of the relationship between the sections which were commented on and some of the remaining amendments, and to avoid the possibility of confusion resulting from partial adoption of the amendments, we have decided to withdraw all amendments contained in the direct final rule. Accordingly, all amendments in the direct final rule are withdrawn as of August 13, 2002. We recognize the potential disruptive effect of this withdrawal action on affected facilities. Therefore, after considering the adverse comments, we intend to take final action on the accompanying proposed rule as soon as possible. We will not institute a second comment period on this action.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 63End List of Subjects
Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Air pollution control, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.Start Signature
Dated: August 7, 2002.
Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Air and Radiation.
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