Skip to Content

Rule

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; West Virginia; Amendments to Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) Air Quality Permit Program

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of West Virginia. This revision establishes amendments to the State's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction air quality permit program regulation. The intended effect of this action is the approval of a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revisions submitted by West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

DATES:

Effective Date: This final rule is effective on December 4, 2006.

ADDRESSES:

EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID Start Printed Page 64471Number EPA-R03-OAR-2006-0527. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the electronic docket, some information is not publicly available, i.e., confidential business information (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 through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, and 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal is available at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality, 601 57th Street SE., Charleston, WV 25304.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rosemarie Nino, (215) 814-3377, or by e-mail at nino.rose@epa.gov.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On August 9, 2006 (71 FR 45485), EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for the State of West Virginia. The NPR proposed approval of amendments to West Virginia's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction air quality permit program. The formal SIP revision was submitted by West Virginia on December 1, 2005. On December 22, 2005, WVDEP provided supplemental materials consisting of a letter and an attached one page table requesting that EPA exclude from its December 1, 2005 request for SIP approval the provisions of 45 CSR 14, as set forth in the attached table, that pertain to “Clean Unit” and “Pollution Control Project” in order to ensure that their federally-approved regulations are consistent with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's June 24, 2005 ruling in New York v. EPA, 413 F.3d 3 (D.C. Cir 2005). In a separate action, EPA will act on changes made by West Virginia to its nonattainment new source review (NSR) permit program, also submitted on December 1, 2005.

The Clean Air Act requires that all states including the District of Columbia to submit revisions to their State Implementation Plans that requires State and local permitting agencies to adopt and submit revision to their part 51 permitting programs, implementing the minimum program elements of the December 31, 2002 “NSR Reform” rulemaking no later then January 2, 2006 (67 FR 80240). West Virginia amended its regulation to satisfy this requirement.

II. Summary of SIP Revision

West Virginia amended its regulation (45 CSR 14) to meet the minimum requirements of 40 CFR 51.166 and the Clean Air Act. This approval action will effectively replace the previous-approved version of 45 CSR 14 as approved in the West Virginia SIP on October 22, 1996 (61 FR 54735).

Other specific requirements of West Virginia's existing prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) construction permit program as 45 CSR 14 and the rationale for EPA's proposed action are explained in the NPR and will not be restated here. No public comments were received on the NPR.

III. Final Action

EPA is approving amendments to the State's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction air quality permit program regulations as a revision to the West Virginia SIP.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

A. General Requirements

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 requirement, and does not alter the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the Clean Air 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 Clean Air 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 Clean Air 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.).

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

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. This rule is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2). Start Printed Page 64472

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by January 2, 2007. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this rule for the purposes 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).) This final rule approves West Virginia's prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) preconstruction air quality permit program.

Start List of Subjects

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

End List of Subjects Start Signature

Dated: October 16, 2006.

William T. Wisniewski,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

End Signature Start Amendment Part

is amended as follows:

End Amendment Part Start Part

PART 52—[AMENDED]

End Part Start Amendment Part

1. The authority citation for

End Amendment Part Start Authority

Authority: 42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

End Authority

Subpart XX—West Virginia

Start Amendment Part

2. In § 52.2520, the table in paragraph (c) is amended by revising the entries for 45 CSR 14 to read as follows:

End Amendment Part
Identification of plan.
* * * * *

(c) * * *

EPA-Approved Regulations in the West Virginia SIP

State citation [Chapter 16-20 or 45 CSR]Title/subjectState effective dateEPA approval dateAdditional explanation/ citation at 40 CFR 52.2565
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
45 CSR 14Permits for Construction and Major Modification of Major Stationary Sources of Air Pollution for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration
Section 45-14-1General6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]
Section 45-14-2Definitions6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]
Section 45-14-3Applicability6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]New Section.
Section 45-14-4Ambient Air Quality Increments and Ceilings6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-3.
Section 45-14-5Area Classification6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-4.
Section 45-14-6Prohibition of Dispersion Enhancement Techniques6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-5.
Section 45-14-7Registration, Report and Permit Requirements for Major Stationary Sources and Major Modification6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-6.
Section 45-14-8Control Technology Requirements6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-7.
Section 45-14-9Requirements Relating to the Source's Impact on Air Quality6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-8.
Section 45-14-10Modeling Requirements6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-9.
Section 45-14-11Air Quality Monitoring Requirements6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-10.
Section 45-14-12Additional Impacts Analysis Requirements6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-11.
Section 45-14-13Additional Requirements and Variances for Sources Impacting Federal Class I Areas6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-12.
Section 45-14-14Procedures for Sources Employing Innovative Control Technology6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-13.
Section 45-14-15Exclusions From Increment Consumption6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-14.
Start Printed Page 64473
Section 45-14-16Specific Exemptions6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-15.
Section 45-14-17Public Review Procedures6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-16.
Section 45-14-18Public Meetings6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-17.
Section 45-14-19Permit Transfer, Cancellation, and Responsibility6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-18.
Section 45-14-20Disposition of Permits6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-19.
Section 45-14-21Conflict with Other Permitting Rules6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]Formerly Section 45-14-20.
Section 45-14-25Actual PALs6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]New Section.
Section 45-14-26Inconsistency Between Rules6/2/0511/2/06 [Insert page number where the document begins]New Section.
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
* * * * *
End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. E6-18276 Filed 11-1-06; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 6560-50-P