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Notice of Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD); Final Determination for Kendall New Century Development, Plano, Kendall County, IL

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Notice of final action.


The purpose of this notice is to announce that on April 29, 2003, the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed a petition for review of certain conditions of a permit issued by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) pursuant to the Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality (PSD) regulations.


The effective date for the Board's decision is April 29, 2003. Judicial review of this permit decision, to the extent it is available pursuant to section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, may be sought by filing a petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit within 60 days of today's date.


The documents relevant to the above action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the following address by calling to arrange a visit: IEPA, Bureau of Air, 1021 North Grand Avenue East, Springfield, Illinois 62702, at (217) 782-3397.

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Constantine Blathras (AR-18J), EPA Region 5, 77 W. Jackson Boulevard., Chicago, Illinois, 60604 at (312) 886-0671.

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On January 14, 2000, IEPA issued a PSD permit to Kendall New Century Development (Kendall). However, Kendall did not begin construction of the facility within the 18-month period allowed by the PSD regulations. Shortly before the construction period expired, on June 28, 2001, Kendall submitted an application for extension of the PSD permit for an additional 18-month period. IEPA required Kendall to submit a new Best Available Control Technology (BACT) demonstration and air quality impact analysis, and it reviewed the application as if it were a new PSD permit. IEPA issued the new PSD permit on November 27, 2002 (PSD permit number 093801AAN).

On January 7, 2003, the EAB received an undated petition filed by Verena Owen, asking the EAB to review a PSD determination by IEPA. Ms. Owen argues (1) that the carbon monoxide (CO) BACT limit of 25 parts per million on a dry volume basis (ppmdv) is too high (she contends it should be as low as 7.4 ppmdv); (2) that IEPA improperly eliminated use of a catalyst as BACT for CO; (3) that the CO BACT limit should take into account the size and magnitude of this facility; and (4) that IEPA should have processed the permit as a request for an extension of Kendall's previous PSD permit, rather than as a new permit application.

On April 29, 2003, the EAB denied the petition for review on the grounds that: (1) The reasons stated in general terms in IEPA's response to comments are not clearly erroneous nor otherwise warrant review; (2) the issues were not raised during the public comment period; and (3) the plaintiff had not shown clear error in IEPA's decision.

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Dated: June 6, 2003.

Bharat Mathur,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 5.

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[FR Doc. 03-15258 Filed 6-16-03; 8:45 am]