Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment.
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“Act” or “CAA”), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree, to address a lawsuit filed by Environmental Defense and American Lung Association (jointly referred to as the “Plaintiffs”): Environmental Defense and American Lung Association v. Johnson, No. 1:05CV00493 (D.D.C.). On March 10, 2005, the Plaintiffs filed a complaint to compel EPA to make a determination as to whether each state has submitted state implementation plans (“SIPs”) required by section 110(a) of the CAA for the national ambient air quality standards for fine particles (“PM-2.5 NAAQS”) and for ozone (“8-hour ozone NAAQS”) (jointly referred to as the “1997 NAAQS”).
Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by April 27, 2005.
Submit your comments, identified by docket ID number OGC-2005-0004, online at http://www.epa.gov/edocket (EPA's preferred method); by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be formatted in Wordperfect or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Geoffrey L. Wilcox, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460. Telephone: (202) 564-5601.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree
The proposed consent decree establishes a deadline of March 15, 2005 for the signature of a notice of EPA's determination pursuant to CAA section 110(k)(1)(B) as to whether each state has submitted the SIP revisions required by CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i) for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 1997 NAAQS that meet the minimum criteria promulgated by EPA pursuant to CAA section 110(k)(1)(A).
The proposed consent decree establishes a deadline of December 15, 2007, with respect to SIPs for the 8-hour ozone NAAQS, and October 5, 2008, with respect to SIPs for the PM-2.5 NAAQS, for the signature of a notice of EPA's determination pursuant to CAA section 110(k)(1)(B) as to whether each state has submitted the remaining SIP revisions required by CAA section 110(a)(2) for the implementation, maintenance, and enforcement of the 1997 NAAQS that meet the minimum criteria promulgated by EPA pursuant to CAA section 110(k)(1)(A). The foregoing obligation excludes any determinations regarding state submissions required by section 110(a)(2)(C) to the extent that subsection refers to a permit program as required in Part D of Title I of the CAA and to section 110(a)(2)(I).
For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed consent decree from persons who were not named as parties or interveners to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed consent decree if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines, based on any comment which may be submitted, that consent to the consent decree should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed.
II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent decree.
A. How Can I Get a Copy of the Consent Decree?
EPA has established an official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. OGC-2005-0004 which contains a copy of the consent decree. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.
An electronic version of the public docket is available through EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, EPA Dockets. You may use EPA Dockets at http://www.epa.gov/edocket/ to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket identification number.
It is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing in EPA's electronic public docket as EPA receives them and without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not included in the official public docket or in EPA's electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material, including copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket Center. Start Printed Page 15624
B. How and To Whom Do I Submit Comments?
You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments.
If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, EPA may not be able to consider your comment.
Your use of EPA's electronic public docket to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. The electronic public docket system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's electronic mail (e-mail) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the Docket without going through EPA's electronic public docket, your e-mail address is automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.Start Signature
Dated: March 18, 2005.
Richard B. Ossias,
Acting Associate General Counsel, Air and Radiation Law Office, Office of General Counsel.
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