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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Knox County, Tennessee; Revised Format for Materials Being Incorporated by Reference

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule; notice of administrative change.

SUMMARY:

EPA is revising the format of part 52 of title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations (40 CFR part 52) for materials submitted by Knox County that are incorporated by reference (IBR) Start Printed Page 49879into the Tennessee State Implementation Plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this format change have all been previously submitted by the local agency and approved by EPA.

This format revision will affect the “Identification of Plan” sections of 40 CFR part 52, by adding a table for the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP. This revision will also affect the format of the SIP materials that will be available for public inspection at the Office of Federal Register (OFR), the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, and the Regional Office.

DATES:

This action is effective August 25, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

SIP materials which are incorporated by reference into 40 CFR part 52 are available for inspection at the following locations: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303; the EPA, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Air Docket (Mail Code 6102T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Stacy DiFrank at the above Region 4 address or at (404) 562-9042.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Each state has a SIP containing the control measures and strategies used to attain and maintain the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). The SIP is extensive, containing such elements as air pollution control regulations, emission inventories, monitoring networks, attainment demonstrations, and enforcement mechanisms.

Each state must formally adopt the control measures and strategies in the SIP after the public has had an opportunity to comment on them and then submit the SIP to EPA. Once these control measures and strategies are approved by EPA, after notice and comment, they are incorporated into the federally approved SIP and are identified in 40 CFR part 52 “Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans.” The full text of the state regulation approved by EPA is not reproduced in its entirety in 40 CFR part 52, but is “incorporated by reference.” This means that EPA has approved a given state regulation with a specific effective date. The public is referred to the location of the full text version should they want to know which measures are contained in a given SIP. The information provided allows EPA and the public to monitor the extent to which a state implements a SIP to attain and maintain the NAAQS and to take enforcement action if necessary.

The SIP is a living document which the state can revise as necessary to address the unique air pollution problems in the state. Therefore, EPA from time to time must take action on SIP revisions containing new and/or revised regulations as being part of the SIP. On May 22, 1997, (62 FR 27968), EPA revised the procedures for incorporating by reference (IBR), into the Code of Federal Regulations, materials submitted by states in their EPA-approved SIP revisions. These changes revised the format for the identification of the SIP in 40 CFR part 52, streamlined the mechanisms for announcing EPA approval of revisions to a SIP, and streamlined the mechanisms for EPA's updating of the IBR information contained for each SIP in 40 CFR part 52. Pursuant to these revised procedures, EPA is revising the format for the identification of the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP, appearing in 40 CFR part 52. EPA has previously revised the format for the identification of the Tennessee SIP and the Memphis Shelby County portion of the SIP.

EPA has determined that today's action falls under the “good cause” exemption in section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) which, upon finding “good cause,” authorizes agencies to dispense with public participation, and APA section 553(d)(3) which allows an agency to make an action effective immediately (thereby avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in the APA). Today's administrative action simply codifies provisions which are already in effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved state programs. Under section 553 of the APA, an agency may find good cause where procedures are “impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Public comment for this administrative action is “unnecessary” and “contrary to the public interest” since the codification only reflects existing law. Immediate notice of this action in the Federal Register benefits the public by providing the public notice of the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP in Tennessee's “Identification of Plan” portion of the Federal Register.

Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. General Requirements

Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this administrative action is not a “significant regulatory action” and is therefore not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. This action is not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001) because it is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. Because the agency has made a “good cause” finding that this action is not subject to notice-and-comment requirements under the APA or any other statute as indicated in the Supplementary Information section above, it is not subject to the regulatory flexibility provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), or to sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) (Pub. L. 104-4). In addition, this action does not significantly or uniquely affect small governments or impose a significant intergovernmental mandate, as described in sections 203 and 204 of UMRA. This administrative action also does 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), nor will it 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 administrative action also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant. This administrative action does not involve technical standards; thus the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272) do not apply. This administrative action also does not involve special consideration of environmental justice related issues as required by Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994). This administrative action does not impose an information collection burden under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). EPA's compliance with these Statutes and Executive Orders for the underlying rules are discussed in previous actions Start Printed Page 49880taken on Knox County, Tennessee's rules.

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

The Congressional Review Act (CRA) (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. Section 808 allows the issuing agency to make a rule effective sooner than otherwise provided by the CRA if the agency makes a good cause finding that notice and public procedure is impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest. Today's administrative action simply codifies provisions which are already in effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved state programs. 5 U.S.C. 808(2). These announced actions were effective when EPA approved them through previous rulemaking actions. EPA will submit a report containing this action 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 this action in the Federal Register. This revision to Knox County's portion of Tennessee's SIP in the “Identification of Plan” section of 40 CFR part 52 is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

EPA has also determined that the provisions of section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act pertaining to petitions for judicial review are not applicable to this action. This action is simply an announcement of prior rulemakings that have previously undergone notice and comment rulemaking. Prior EPA rulemaking actions for each individual component of the Knox County portion of the Tennessee SIP previously afforded interested parties the opportunity to file a petition for judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of such rulemaking action.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: August 4, 2005.

J.I. Palmer, Jr.,

Regional Administrator, Region 4.

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is 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 RR—Knox County, Tennessee

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2. Section 52.2220 is amended as follows:

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a. By revising paragraph (b); and

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b. Adding table 3 to paragraph (c) for Knox County, “EPA Approved Knox County Regulations”.

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Identification of plan.
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(b) Incorporation by reference.

(1) Material listed in paragraph (c) of this section with an EPA approval date prior to December 1, 1998, for Tennessee (Table 1 of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan), January 1, 2003, for Memphis Shelby County (Table 2 of the Memphis Shelby County portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan), and March 1, 2005, for Knox County (Table 3 of the Knox County portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan) and paragraph (d) of this section with an EPA approval date prior to December 1, 1998 was approved for incorporation by reference by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Material is incorporated as it exists on the date of the approval, and notice of any change in the material will be published in the Federal Register. Entries in paragraph (c) of this section with EPA approval dates after December 1, 1998, for Tennessee (Table 1 of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan), January 1, 2003, for Memphis Shelby County (Table 2 of the Memphis Shelby County portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan) and March 1, 2005, for Knox County (Table 3 of the Knox County portion of the Tennessee State Implementation Plan) and paragraph (d) of this section with an EPA approval date after December 1, 1998 will be incorporated by reference in the next update to the SIP compilation.

(2) EPA Region 4 certifies that the rules/regulations provided by EPA in the SIP compilation at the addresses in paragraph (b)(3) of this section are an exact duplicate of the officially promulgated State rules/regulations which have been approved as part of the State implementation plan as of the dates referenced in paragraph (b)(1).

(3) Copies of the materials incorporated by reference may be inspected at the Region 4 EPA Office at 61 Forsyth Street, SW., Atlanta, GA 30303; the EPA, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Air Docket (Mail Code 6102T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460 and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

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Table 3.—EPA Approved Knox County, Regulations

State sectionTitle/subjectState effective dateEPA approval dateExplanation
12.0Introduction06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
13.0Definitions12/13/9002/21/90, 55 FR 5985
14.0Ambient Air Quality Standards07/19/8902/21/90, 55 FR 5985
15.0Prohibitions of Air Pollution06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
16.0Open Burning01/13/9311/05/99, 64 FR 60348
17.0Regulation of Visible Emissions10/13/9311/01/94, 59 FR 54523
18.0Regulation of Non-Process Emissions10/13/9311/01/94, 59 FR 54523
19.0Regulation of Process Emissions12/11/9606/08/98, 63 FR 31121
20.0Regulation of Incinerators06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
22.0Regulation of Fugitive Dust and Materials06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
23.0Regulation of Hydrocarbon Emissions06/16/7210/28/72, 37 FR 23085
24.0Regulation of Airborne and Windborne Materials06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
25.0Permits06/10/9811/05/99, 64 FR 60348
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26.0Monitoring, Recording, and Reporting06/10/9204/28/93, 58 FR 25777
27.0Sampling and Testing Methods06/10/9204/28/93, 58 FR 25777
28.0Variances06/10/9204/28/93, 58 FR 25777
29.0Appeals05/25/9412/26/95, 60 FR 66748
30.0Violations01/10/9603/26/97, 62 FR 14327
31.0Right of Entry06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
32.0Use of Evidence06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
33.0Confidentiality and Accessibility of Records06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
34.0Malfunction of Equipment06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
36.0Emergency Regulations07/19/8902/21/90, 55 FR 5985
37.0Separation of Emissions06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
38.0Combination of Emissions06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
39.0Severability06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
41.0Regulation for the Review of New Sources06/18/8608/03/89, 54 FR 31953
45.0Prevention of Significant Deterioration06/10/9204/28/93, 58 FR 25776
46.0Regulation of Volatile Organic Compounds11/10/9811/03/99, 64 FR 59628
47.0Good Engineering Practice Stack Height10/13/9311/01/94, 59 FR 54523
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[FR Doc. 05-16931 Filed 8-24-05; 8:45 am]

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