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Alternative Work Practice To Detect Leaks From Equipment

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule; reopening of public comment period.


EPA is announcing that the comment period on the proposed rule amendment for numerous EPA air pollution standards which require Start Printed Page 32886specific work practices for equipment leak detection and repair (LDAR), published on April 6, 2006 (70 FR 17401) is being extended until July 5, 2006.


The comment period has been extended from June 5, 2006 to on or before July 5, 2006.


Comments. Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199, by one of the following methods:

  • Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.
  • E-mail:, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199.
  • Fax: (202) 566-1741, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199.
  • Mail: U.S. Postal Service, send comments to: EPA Docket Center (6102T), Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of two copies.
  • Hand Delivery: In person or by courier, deliver comments to: EPA Docket Center (6102T), Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room B-102, Washington, DC 20004. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Please include a total of two copies.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through or e-mail. Send or deliver information identified as CBI to only the following address: Mr. Roberto Morales, OAQPS Document Control Officer, EPA (C404-02), Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. The Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. 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. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses. For additional information about EPA's public docket visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at​epahome/​dockets.htm.

Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199, EPA West Building, Room B-102, 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 EPA Docket Center is (202) 566-1742. A reasonable fee may be charged for copying docket materials.

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Mr. David Markwordt, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Coatings and Chemicals Group, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-0837; facsimile number (919) 541-0246; e-mail address

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Regulated Entities. The regulated categories and entities affected by the proposed rule amendment include, but are not limited to:

CategoryNAICS *Examples of regulated entities
Industry325 324Chemical manufacturers. Petroleum refineries and manufacturers of coal products.
* North American Information Classification System.

This table is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be affected by the national emission standards. To determine whether your facility would be affected by the national emission standards, you should examine the applicability criteria in 40 CFR parts 60, 61, 63, and 65, including, but not limited to: part 60, subparts A, Kb, VV, XX, DDD, GGG, KKK, QQQ, and WWW; part 61, subparts F, L, V, BB, and FF; part 63, subparts G, H, I, R, S, U, Y, CC, DD, EE, GG, HH, OO, PP, QQ, SS, TT, UU, VV, YY, GGG, HHH, III, JJJ, MMM, OOO, VVV, FFFF, and GGGGG; and part 65, subparts A, F, and G. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of the national emission standards to a particular entity, consult the person listed in the preceding FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

Submitting CBI: Do not submit information which you claim to be CBI to EPA through or e-mail. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information submitted on a disk or CD ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information marked as CBI will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

Worldwide Web (WWW). In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this notice is also available on the WWW. Following the Administrator's signature, a copy of the Start Printed Page 32887proposed rule will be posted on EPA's Technology Transfer Network (TTN) policy and guidance page for newly proposed or promulgated rules at​ttn/​oarpg. The TTN provides information and technology exchange in various areas of air pollution control.

Comment Period

We received a request to extend the public comment period to July 5, 2006. We agreed to this request, therefore the public comment period will now end on July 5, 2006, rather than June 5, 2006.

How Can I Get Copies of the Proposed Amendments and Other Related Information?

EPA has established the official public docket for the proposed rulemaking under docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0199. Information on how to access the docket is presented above in the ADDRESSES section.

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Dated: June 1, 2006.

William L. Wehrum,

Acting Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation.

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[FR Doc. E6-8813 Filed 6-6-06; 8:45 am]