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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Redesignation of the Hazelwood SO2

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is approving State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These revisions include a Start Printed Page 43523regulation change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission limits for fuel burning equipment, and a modeled demonstration of attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the Hazelwood nonattainment area and the Monongahela River Valley unclassifiable area, located in the Allegheny Air Basin in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In addition, EPA is redesignating these areas to attainment of the NAAQS for SO2, and approving a combined maintenance plan for both areas as a SIP revision. These SIP revisions were submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) on behalf of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD). This action is being taken in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA).

DATES:

This final rule is effective on August 20, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Copies of the documents relevant to this action are available for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103, the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room B108, Washington, DC 20460, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality, P.O. Box 8468, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105, and the Allegheny County Health Department, Bureau of Environmental Quality, Division of Air Quality, 301 39th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15201.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ellen Wentworth, (215) 814-2034, or by e-mail at wentworth.ellen@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On April 2, 2004 (69 FR 17374), EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of the ACHD. The NPR proposed approval of a regulation change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission limits for fuel burning equipment, and a modeled demonstration of attainment of the NAAQS for SO2 in the Hazelwood nonattainment area and the Monongahela River Valley unclassifiable area, located in the Allegheny Air Basin in Allegheny County. In addition the NPR also proposed to redesignate these areas to attainment of the NAAQS for SO2, and to approve a combined maintenance plan for both areas as a SIP revision. The formal SIP revision was submitted by PADEP on behalf of the ACHD on August 15, 2003. The specific details of the regulatory change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission for limits for fuel burning equipment, the modeled demonstration of attainment of the NAAQS for SO2 for the Hazelwood and Monongahela River Valley areas in Allegheny County, and the redesignation and maintenance plan for these areas, as well as EPA's rationale for its proposed action were all provided in the April 2, 2004 NPR and will not be restated here. No comments were submitted to EPA on that NPR.

II. Final Action

EPA is approving SIP revisions submitted on August 15, 2003 by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on behalf of the ACHD. These SIP revisions include a regulation change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission limits for fuel burning equipment, and a modeled demonstration of attainment of the NAAQS for SO2 in the Hazelwood nonattainment and the Monongahela River Valley unclassifiable areas located in the Allegheny Air Basin, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In addition, EPA is approving the redesignation of these areas to attainment of the NAAQS for SO2, and approving a combined maintenance plan for both areas as a SIP revision.

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. General 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 (Pub. L. 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.).

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

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 Start Printed Page 43524required 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. This rule is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

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 September 20, 2004. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule, which approves a regulation change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission limits for fuel burning equipment, a modeled demonstration of attainment, and the redesignation and associated maintenance plan for the Hazelwood and Monongahela River Valley areas in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 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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Dated: June 24, 2004.

Donald S. Welsh,

Regional Administrator, Region III.

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and 81 are 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 NN—Pennsylvania

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2. Section 52.2020 is amended by adding paragraph (c)(216) to read as follows:

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Identification of plan.
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(216) Revisions to the Allegheny portion of the Pennsylvania State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted on August 15, 2003 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection consisting of a regulatory change to Article XXI, section 2104.03, Sulfur Oxide Emissions, a modeled demonstration of attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for SO2 in the Hazelwood and Monongahela River Valley areas of Allegheny County, and the SO2 Maintenance Plan for these areas associated with their redesignation to attainment:

(i) Incorporation by reference.

(A) Letter of August 15, 2003 from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection transmitting a regulatory change to the allowable sulfur oxide emission limits for fuel burning equipment, a modeled demonstration of attainment, and the maintenance plan for the Hazelwood and Monongahela River Valley areas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

(B) Maintenance Plan for Sulfur Dioxide for Southwestern Pennsylvania, Parts I through V, and Appendices A and B, dated August 2001, and effective July 10, 2003.

(C) Revisions to section 2104.03 of Article XXI, Rules and Regulations of the Allegheny County Health, effective July 10, 2003.

(ii) Additional Material.

(A) Remainder of the August 15, 2003 State submittal pertaining to the revisions listed in paragraph (c)(216)(i) of this section.

(B) Additional material submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on February 12, 2004, which consists of minor clarifications to the Summary and Responses document from the public hearing, and a letter dated February 6, 1992 which was referenced but not included in the August 15, 2003 SIP revision submittal.

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3. Section 52.2033 is amended by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:

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Control strategy: Sulfur oxides
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(c) EPA approves the attainment demonstration State Implementation Plan for the Hazelwood and Monongahela River Valley areas of the Allegheny County Air Basin in Allegheny County, submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on August 15, 2003.

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PART 81—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for Part 81 continues to read as follows:

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

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Subpart C—Section 107 Attainment Status Designations

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2. In § 81.339, the table for “Pennsylvania—SO

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Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania—SO2

Designated areaDoes not meet primary standardsDoes not meet secondary standardsCannot be classifiedBetter than national standards
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V. Southwest Pennsylvania Intrastate AQCR:
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(B) Allegheny County Air Basin:
(1) The areas within a two-mile radius of the Hazelwood monitorX
(2) That portion of Allegheny County within an eight-mile radius of the Duquesne Golf Association Club House in West Mifflin excluding the nonattainment area (#1)X
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[FR Doc. 04-16568 Filed 7-20-04; 8:45 am]

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