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National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Partial withdrawal of direct final rule.


On July 1, 2005, the EPA issued direct final amendments to the national emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESHAP) for Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing, along with a parallel proposal to be used as the basis for final action in the event EPA received any adverse comments on the direct final amendments. Because adverse comment was received, EPA is withdrawing the corresponding parts of the direct final rule. We stated in that direct final rule that if we received adverse comment by August 1, 2005, we would publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register. We will address all comments in a subsequent final rule based on the parallel proposal published on July 1, 2005. As stated in the parallel proposal, we will not institute a second comment period on this action.


As of August 30, 2005, EPA withdraws the direct final rule amendments to 40 CFR 63.2485(c)(4) and Table 1 to subpart FFFF of part 63, published on July 1, 2005 (70 FR 38554). The remaining provisions published on July 1, 2005, will be effective on August 30, 2005.


EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. OAR-2003-0121. All documents in the docket are listed in the index at​edocket. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in EDOCKET or in hard copy at: Air and Radiation Docket, EPA/DC, EPA West, Room B102, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The 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 Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

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Mr. Randy McDonald, Organic Chemicals Group, Emission Standards Division (Mail Code C504-04), U.S. EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27711, telephone number (919) 541-5402, electronic mail address

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On July 1, 2005, we published a direct final rule (70 FR 38554) and a parallel proposal (70 FR 38562) amending the NESHAP for Miscellaneous Organic Chemical Manufacturing (40 CFR part 63, subpart FFFF). We amended the NESHAP by: Clarifying the compliance requirements for flares and the alternative standard, extending the vapor balancing alternative to cover transfers from barges to storage tanks, amending the procedures for correcting measured concentrations at the outlet of combustion devices to correct for dilution by supplemental gas, and clarifying the signature requirements for the notification of compliance status report. The direct final rule amendments also specified requirements for effluent from control devices, clarified the definition of the term continuous process vent, and Start Printed Page 51270corrected several referencing and drafting errors. We stated in the preamble to the direct final rule and parallel proposal that if we received adverse comment by August 1, 2005, (or if a public hearing was requested by July 11, 2005) on one 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 adverse comment from several commenters regarding requirements for effluent from control devices. Commenters also pointed out erroneous changes made to Table 1 of subpart FFFF of part 63.

Accordingly, we are withdrawing the amendments to 40 CFR 63.2485(c)(4) and Table 1 of subpart FFFF of part 63. The amendments are withdrawn as of August 30, 2005. We will take final action on the proposed rule after considering the comments received. We will not institute a second comment period on this action. The provisions for which we did not receive adverse comment will become effective on August 30, 2005, as provided in the preamble to the direct final rule.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 63

  • Environmental protection
  • Administrative practice and procedure
  • Air pollution control
  • Hazardous substances
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Dated: August 24, 2005.

William L. Wehrum,

Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.

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[FR Doc. 05-17194 Filed 8-29-05; 8:45 am]