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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; New York State Implementation Plan Revision

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency is approving a revision to the New York State Implementation Plan (SIP) concerning New York's permitting program. The SIP revision consists of amendments to Title 6 of the New York Code, Rules and Regulations, Part 201, “Permits and Certificates.” The intended effect of this approval is to incorporate administrative changes to New York's permitting program into the SIP.

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DATES:

This rule will be effective November 2, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

A copy of the New York submittal is available at the following addresses for inspection during normal business hours:

Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, Air Programs Branch, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Air Resources, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kirk J. Wieber, Air Programs Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866, (212) 637-3381 or Wieber.Kirk@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. What Was Included in New York's Submittal?

On June 16, 1996, David Sterman, then Deputy Commissioner, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), submitted to EPA a revision to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) which included revisions to Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Part 201, “Permits and Certificates.” The revisions to Part 201 were submitted by New York in support of its Title V Operating Permit Program under the Clean Air Act (Act), and became State effective on July 7, 1996. New York requested at that time that Subparts 201-1, 201-2, 201-3, 201-4, 201-5, 201-7, 201-8 and Appendix B be incorporated into the federally approved SIP, replacing the existing federally approved version of Part 201. EPA has deferred taking action on those revisions to Part 201 due to unresolved concerns raised by the EPA and NYSDEC regarding specific Subparts. However, on May 27, 2005, Carl Johnson, Deputy Commissioner, NYSDEC, submitted a SIP revision requesting EPA's approval of only Subparts 201-7.1, “General” and 201-7.2, “Emission Capping Using Synthetic Minor Permits,” as were State effective on July 7, 1996, and the removal of Subpart 201.5(e) of the existing federally approved version of Part 201. On July 21, 2005 (70 FR 42021), EPA proposed to approve revised Subparts 201-7.1 and 201-7.2 into the federally approved New York SIP and remove existing Subpart 201.5(e) from the federally approved New York SIP. For a detailed discussion on the content and requirements of the revisions to New York's regulations, the reader is referred to EPA's proposed rulemaking action.

II. What Comments Did EPA Receive in Response to Its Proposal?

In response to EPA's July 21, 2005 proposed rulemaking action, EPA received no adverse comments.

III. What Is EPA's Conclusion?

EPA has evaluated New York's submittal for consistency with the Act, EPA regulations, and EPA policy. EPA has determined that the revisions made to Part 201-7, “Federally Enforceable Emission Caps,” specifically the inclusion of Subparts 201-7.1, “General” and 201-7.2, “Emission Capping Using Synthetic Minor Permits” meet the SIP revision requirements of the Act. In addition, EPA has determined that existing Subpart 201.5(e) should no longer be included in the federally approved SIP. Therefore, EPA is approving revised Subparts 201-7.1 and 201-7.2 into the federally approved New York SIP and removing existing Subpart 201.5(e) from the federally approved New York SIP.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

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 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 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 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.).

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 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 the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by December 2, 2005. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this rule for the Start Printed Page 57513purposes 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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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: September 12, 2005.

Alan J. Steinberg,

Regional Administrator, Region 2.

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Part 52, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations 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 HH—New York

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2. Section 52.1670 is amended by adding new paragraph (c)(109) to read as follows:

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Identification of plans.
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(109) Revisions to the State Implementation Plan submitted on June 16, 1996 and May 27, 2005, by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, which consist of administrative changes to Title 6 of the New York Code, Rules and Regulations, Part 201, “Permits and Certificates.”

(i) Incorporation by reference:

(A) Regulations Subparts 201-7.1, “General” and 201-7.2, “Emission Capping Using Synthetic Minor Permits” of Part 201-7, “Federally Enforceable Emission Caps” of Title 6 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), filed on June 7, 1996, and effective on July 7, 1996.

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3. In 52.1679, the table is amended by revising the entry under Title 6 for Part 201 and adding new entries under Title 6 for Subparts 201-7.1 and 201-7.2, in numerical order to read as follows:

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EPA—approved New York State regulations.
New York State regulationState effective dateLatest EPA approval dateComments
 Title 6:
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Part 201, “Permits and Certificates”4/4/9310/3/05 [Insert FR page citation]This action removes subpart 201.5(e) from the State's federally approved SIP.
Subpart 201-7.1, “General”7/7/9610/3/05 [Insert FR page citation]
Subpart 201-7.2, “Emission Capping Using Synthetic Minor Permits”7/7/9610/3/05 [Insert FR page citation]
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[FR Doc. 05-19712 Filed 9-30-05; 8:45 am]

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