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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Revisions to the Nevada State Implementation Plan; Requests for Rescission

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is taking final action to approve certain revisions to the Nevada State Implementation Plan (SIP) and to disapprove certain other revisions. These revisions involve rules and statutory provisions for which the State of Nevada is requesting rescission. EPA is also taking final action to approve certain updated statutory provisions submitted by the State of Nevada as replacements for outdated statutory provisions in the applicable plan. These actions were proposed in the Federal Register on August 28, 2006. The intended effect is to rescind unnecessary provisions from the applicable plan, retain necessary provisions, and approve replacement provisions for certain statutes for which rescissions are disapproved.

DATES:

Effective Date: This rule is effective on February 2, 2007.

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ADDRESSES:

EPA has established docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2006-0590 for this action. The index to the docket is available electronically at http://regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available in either location (e.g., CBI). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Julie A. Rose, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4126, rose.julie@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Throughout this document, “we,” “us” and “our” refer to EPA.

Table of Contents

I. Proposed Action

II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

III. EPA Action

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. Proposed Action

On August 28, 2006 (71 FR 50875), EPA proposed approval of certain revisions to the Nevada SIP and disapproval of certain other revisions. These revisions involve rules and statutory provisions previously approved into the Nevada SIP but for which the State of Nevada is requesting rescission. EPA also proposed approval of certain updated statutory provisions submitted by the State of Nevada as replacements for outdated statutory provisions in the applicable plan. Our August 28, 2006 proposed rule represents one of a series of rulemakings we are conducting on a large SIP revision submitted by the State of Nevada on January 12, 2006 in which the State requests approval of numerous new or amended rules and statutory provisions and requests rescission of numerous other rules and statutory provisions in the existing SIP. Our August 28, 2006 proposed rule sets forth our evaluation and proposed action on the vast majority of the rescission requests included in the State's January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal.

In our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we made final approval of those requests for rescission that we proposed to approve contingent upon the receipt of certain public notice and hearing documentation from the State of Nevada. The appropriate documentation has been submitted for the provisions listed below in table 1, and we are taking final action on them today.[1] A separate final rule will be published for the remainder of the provisions for which rescission was requested (and proposed for approval) after the public notice and hearing documentation has been submitted. A third final rule will be published for the rescission of the Federal implementation plan promulgated by EPA at 40 CFR 52.1475 (c), (d) and (e), which was also proposed for rescission in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule.

The majority of the provisions in table 1 represents defined terms that, although approved by EPA and therefore made part of the applicable SIP, are not relied upon by any rule or statutory provision in the existing applicable SIP or in any rule or statutory provision included in the SIP revision submitted on January 12, 2006 and thus are unnecessary and appropriate for rescission. For the other SIP provisions listed in table 1, we proposed approval of the State's rescission requests because we found them to be unnecessary because they are not needed generally in a SIP under CAA section 110(a)(2) or under 40 CFR part 51 or because there are other federally enforceable provisions that would provide equivalent or greater control. Our proposed rule and related Technical Support Document (TSD) contain more information on these SIP provisions and our evaluation of the related rescission requests.

Table 1.—SIP Provisions for Which the State's Rescission Request Is Approved

SIP provisionTitleSubmittal dateApproval date
NAC 445.440Aluminum equivalent10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.442Anode bake plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.443Asphalt concrete plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.446Barite dryer10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.451Basic oxygen process furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.453Bituminous coal10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.454Blast furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.455Blowing tap10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.456Brass or bronze10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.459Calcium carbide10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.460Calcium silicon10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.461Capture system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.462Charge chrome10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.463Charge period10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.465Coal preparation plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.466Coal processing and conveying equipment10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.467Coal refuse10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.468Coal storage system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.469Coke burn-off10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.474Commercial fuel oil10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.475Complex source10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.476Condensate10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.481Control device10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.483Copper converter10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.484Custody transfer10/26/8203/27/84
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NAC 445.485Cyclonic flow10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.487Diesel fuel10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.489Direct shell evacuation system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.490Drilling and production facility10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.491Dross reverberatory furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.493Dust handling equipment10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.494Dusts10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.495Electric arc furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.496Electric furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.497Electric smelting furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.498Electric submerged arc furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.502Equivalent P2 O5 feed10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.503Equivalent P2 O5 stored10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.509Ferrochrome silicon10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.510Ferromanganese silicon10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.511Ferrosilicon10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.514Fossil fuel-fired steam generating unit10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.515Fresh granular triple superphosphate10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.518Fuel gas10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.519Fuel gas combustion device10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.522Furnace charge10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.523Furnace cycle10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.524Furnace power input10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.526Granular diammonium phosphate plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.527Granular triple super-phosphate storage facility10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.528Heat time10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.529High-carbon ferrochrome10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.530High level of volatile impurities10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.531High terrain10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.532Hydrocarbon10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.534Isokinetic sampling10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.539Low terrain10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.543Meltdown and refining10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.544Meltdown and refining period10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.546Molybdenum10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.547Molybdenum processing plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.551Nitric acid production unit10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.566Petroleum liquids10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.567Petroleum refinery10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.568Pneumatic coal-cleaning equipment10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.572Potroom10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.573Potroom group10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.576Primary aluminum reduction plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.577Primary control system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.578Primary copper smelter10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.579Primary lead smelter10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.580Primary zinc smelter10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.582Process gas10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.583Process upset gas10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.586Product change10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.587Proportional sampling10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.591Refinery process unit10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.593Reid vapor pressure10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.594Reverberatory furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.595Reverberatory smelting furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.598Roof monitor10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.600Run-of-pile triple superphosphate10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.602Secondary control system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.603Secondary lead smelter10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.604Shop10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.605Shop opacity10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.608Silicomanganese10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.609Silicomanganese zirconium10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.610Silicon metal10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.611Silvery iron10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.614Sinter bed10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.615Sintering machine10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.616Sintering machine discharge end10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.619Smelting10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.620Smelting furnace10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.626Standard ferromanganese10/26/8203/27/84
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NAC 445.629Steel production cycle10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.631Storage vessel10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.632Structure, building, facility or installation10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.634Sulfuric acid plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.635Sulfuric acid production unit10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.636Superphosphoric acid plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.637Tapping10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.638Tapping period10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.639Tapping station10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.640Thermal dryer10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.641Thermit process10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.642Total fluorides10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.643Total smelter charge10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.644Transfer and loading system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.645Triple superphosphate plant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.646True vapor pressure10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.648Vapor recovery system10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.652Weak nitric acid10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.654Wet-process phosphoric acid plant10/26/8203/27/84
Article 2.7.4Confidential Information12/10/7608/21/78
Articles 2.10.1 and 2.10.1.1Appeal procedures01/28/7205/31/72
Articles 2.10.1.2, 2.10.2 and 2.10.3Appeal procedures10/31/7501/09/78
Article 3.3.4Stop orders01/28/7205/31/72
Article 4.3.4Emissions from any mobile equipment01/28/7205/31/72
Article 7.2.5Basic Refractory11/05/8006/18/82
Article 7.2.9Sierra Chemical Co.11/05/8006/18/82
Article 8.1Primary Non-Ferrous Smelters06/14/7402/06/75
Articles 8.1.1, 8.1.2, & 8.1.4Primary Non-Ferrous Smelters10/31/7501/09/78
Article 8.3.4Basic11/05/8006/18/82
Article 16.3.1.2Regulations controlling cement (Applying to Portland cement plants)12/29/7806/18/82
Articles 16.3.2, 16.3.2.1, & 16.3.2.2Standard of particulate matter for clinker cooler (Applying to Portland cement plants)12/29/7806/18/82
Article 16.15Primary lead smelters12/29/7806/18/82
Articles 16.15.1 to 16.15.1.2Standard for Particulate Matter (Applying to primary lead smelters)12/29/7806/18/82
Articles 16.15.2 to 16.15.2.2Standard for Opacity (Applying to primary lead smelters)12/29/7806/18/82
Articles 16.15.3 to 16.15.3.2Standard for Sulfur (Applying to primary lead smelters)12/29/7806/18/82
Article 16.15.4Monitoring Operations (Applying to primary lead smelters)12/29/7806/18/82
NAC 445.723Existing copper smelters10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.815Molybdenum processing plants09/14/8303/27/84
NAC 445.816(2) (a), (b), (c), (e), (f), (g), (h), and (i)Processing Plants for Precious Metals09/14/8303/27/84
Section 13(15) and (19) of Senate Bill No. 275[State commission of environmental protection—review recommendations of hearing board and delegation]01/28/7205/31/72

As noted above, in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we proposed to disapprove the State's request to rescind certain rules and statutory provisions from the existing SIP. These rules and statutory provisions are listed in table 2 below. We believe that retention of these provisions is appropriate to satisfy certain specific requirements for SIPs under CAA section 110(a)(2) or that retention is appropriate because the State has not provided sufficient documentation to show that rescission would not interfere with continued attainment of the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) as required under CAA section 110(l).

Table 2.—SIP Provisions for Which the State's Rescission Request Is Disapproved

SIP provisionTitleSubmittal dateApproval date
NAC 445.436Air contaminant10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.570Portland cement plant10/26/8203/27/84
Article 1.171Single source12/10/7608/21/78
NAC 445.630Stop order10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.660Severability10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.663Concealment of emissions prohibited10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.665Hazardous emissions: Order for reduction or discontinuance10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.696Notice of violations; appearance before commission10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.697Stop Orders10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.764Reduction of employees' pay because of use of system prohibited10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.816(3), (4) & (5)Processing Plants for Precious Metals09/14/8303/27/84
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NRS 445.451*State environmental commission: Creation; composition; chairman; quorum; salary, expenses of members; disqualification of members; technical support12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.456*Department designated as state air pollution control agency12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.473*Department powers and duties12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.476*Power of department representatives to enter and inspect premises12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.498*Appeals to commission; Notice of appeal12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.499*Appeals to commission; Hearings12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.501*Appeals to commission: Appealable matters; commission action; rules for appeals12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.526*Violations: Notice and order by director; hearing; alternative procedures09/10/7501/24/78
NRS 445.529*Violations: Injunctive relief12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.576*Confidential information: Definitions; limitations on use; penalty for unlawful disclosure or use09/10/7501/24/78
NRS 445.581*Power of department officers to inspect, search premises; search warrants12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.596*Private rights and remedies not affected12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.598*Provisions for transition in administration12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.601*Civil penalties; fines not bar to injunctive relief, other remedies; disposition of fines12/29/7807/10/80
Note: Asterisk (*) indicates applicable SIP provisions for which replacement provisions are being approved (see table 3, below).

Also as noted above, in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule, we proposed to approve certain submitted statutory provisions to supersede the corresponding outdated provisions noted with an asterisk in table 2 above. These submitted statutory provisions are listed in table 3, below. In its January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal, NDEP requests EPA to approve new statutory provisions to replace any outdated State statutory provisions for which EPA determines that the rescission request should not be approved. Thus, consistent with the State's request, we are approving 14 specific statutory provisions, submitted by NDEP in Appendix III-E of the January 12, 2006 SIP revision submittal, to replace the corresponding statutory provisions in the applicable SIP (see table 3, below). In general, we find that the current statutory provisions listed in table 3 essentially mirror the corresponding outdated provisions in the applicable SIP and thus would not relax any existing requirement.[2]

Table 3.—Submitted Provisions Which Are Approved as Replacements for Outdated Provisions in the Applicable SIP

Submitted provisionsTitleSubmittal date
NRS 445B.200Creation and composition; chairman; quorum; compensation of members and employees; disqualification; technical support01/12/06
NRS 445B.205Department designated as state air pollution control agency01/12/06
NRS 445B.230Powers and duties of department01/12/06
NRS 445B.240Power of representatives of department to enter and inspect premises01/12/06
NRS 445B.340Appeals to commission: notice of appeal01/12/06
NRS 445B.350Appeals to commission: hearings01/12/06
NRS 445B.360Appeals to commission: appealable matters; action by commission; regulations01/12/06
NRS 445B.450Notice and order by director; hearing; alternative procedures01/12/06
NRS 445B.460Injunctive relief01/12/06
NRS 445B.570Confidentiality and use of information obtained by department; penalty01/12/06
NRS 445B.580Officer of department may inspect or search premises; search warrant01/12/06
NRS 445B.600Private rights and remedies not affected01/12/06
NRS 445B.610Provisions for transition in administration01/12/06
NRS 445B.640Levy and disposition of administrative fines; additional remedies available; penalty01/12/06

II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

EPA's proposed action provided a 30-day public comment period. During this period, we received comments from Jennifer L. Carr and Michael Elges, Division of Environmental Protection, State of Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, by letter dated September 25, 2006. We summarize the comments and provide our responses in the paragraphs that Start Printed Page 16follow. Note that some of the comments in the September 25, 2006 letter are directed at a different EPA proposed rule also related to the State's January 12, 2006 SIP submittal and published the same week as the August 28, 2006 proposed rule. See 71 FR 51793 (August 31, 2006). Comments on the August 31, 2006 proposed rule are addressed in a separate final action published on December 11, 2006 at 71 FR 71486.

Comment #1: The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) recognizes that EPA has made final approval of the rescission requests contingent upon receipt of public notice and hearing documentation from the State of Nevada and believes that it has now provided the required documentation for all of the applicable rescission requests except for 12. NDEP also comments that EPA should state that the public notice and hearing documentation submitted on February 16, 2005 was used to support the proposed rulemaking.

Response #1: With the exception of the 12 provisions listed in table 4 below for which documentation is pending, we find that the State has now provided sufficient documentation for the applicable rescission requests and thereby met the contingency placed on their proposed approval in our August 28, 2006 proposed rule.

Table 4.—SIP Provisions for Which State's Request for Rescission Was Proposed for Approval But for Which Final Action Is Pending Receipt of Documentation of Public Participation

SIP (or FIP) provisionTitleSubmittal dateApproval date
NAC 445.477Confidential information10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.554Nuisance10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.596Ringelmann chart10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.617Six-minute period10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.662Confidential Information10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.695Schedules for compliance10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.698Appeal of director's decision: Application forms10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.700Violations: Manner of paying fines10/26/8203/27/84
NAC 445.844Odors10/26/8203/27/84
NRS 445.401Declaration of public policy12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.466Commission regulations: Notice and hearing12/29/7807/10/80
NRS 445.497Notice of regulatory action: Requirement; method; contents of notice12/29/7807/10/80

We also agree that an explanation of the extent of reliance of our proposed rule on the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal is warranted. On February 16, 2005, NDEP submitted a large revision to the applicable Nevada SIP. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal includes new and amended rules and statutory provisions as well as requests for rescission of certain rules and statutory provisions in the existing SIP. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal also contains documentation of public participation (i.e., notice and public hearing) and adoption for all of the submitted rules through the hearing on November 30, 2004 held by the State Environmental Commission. The February 16, 2005 SIP submittal also includes documentation of public participation for 16 of the requested rule rescissions.

On January 12, 2006, NDEP submitted an amended version of the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal contains updated regulatory materials including new and amended rules adopted by the State Environmental Commission on October 4, 2005 but otherwise contains the same materials as the earlier submittal with the exception of the documentation of public participation. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal only contains documentation of public participation for rule amendments adopted by the State Environmental Commission on October 4, 2005 but did not re-submit the public participation documentation included in the earlier submittal. Therefore, the January 12, 2006 SIP submittal supersedes the earlier SIP revision submittal dated February 16, 2005 for all purposes except for the documentation of public participation for adoption dates from November 30, 2004 and earlier. The January 12, 2006 SIP submittal did not include public participation documentation for any of the requested rescissions.

Upon request by EPA for documentation of public participation for the requested rescissions, NDEP indicated where such documentation could be found in the materials submitted as part of the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal and also provided documentation for public hearings held by the State Environmental Commission on August 28-29, 1985 during which the vast majority of the rules for which the State has requested rescission were repealed. NDEP also provided an explanation for all of the other rules and statutory provisions proposed for rescission that were not already documented in the February 16, 2005 SIP submittal or the materials for the August 28-29, 1985 public hearings (except for the 12 listed in table 4). Taken collectively, the documentation provided by NDEP is sufficient to meet the related public participation requirements under CAA section 110(l) and for us to remove the contingency in our proposed rule for all of the provisions for which rescission was requested and proposed for approval (except, as noted, for the 12 listed in table 4).

Comment #2: NDEP disagrees with the statements made in EPA's TSD (for the August 28, 2006 proposed rule) regarding the rescission of Nevada Air Quality Regulation (NAQR) article 7.2.9. NDEP states that a new lime kiln located on the previous site of Sierra Chemical Company's lime kiln in Lincoln County would be subject to a new emission limit rather than the limit in NAQR article 7.2.9.

Response #2: We agree. Although we proposed approval of the State's request for rescission of NAQR article 7.2.9, our discussion and evaluation of the rescission request as set forth in the TSD presumes incorrectly that the emission limit in NAQR article 7.2.9 would apply to a new kiln at this location. The stated presumption is incorrect because a new kiln at this location would be treated as a new emission unit under NDEP's new source review rules. As such, the unit-specific limit in NAQR article 7.2.9 would not apply and has become obsolete (see letter from William Frey, Senior Deputy Attorney General, State of Nevada, dated July 11, 2006). In this notice, we are taking final action to approve the State's request for rescission of NAQR article 7.2.9. Start Printed Page 17

Comment #3: NDEP acknowledges that EPA is deferring action on NAC 445.694 and intends to respond to EPA's suggestion of providing further explanation as to why the provision can be rescinded.

Response #3: We appreciate NDEP's willingness to submit additional justification for the rescission of NAC 445.694 (“Emission discharge information”) and plan to review it when it is submitted.

III. EPA Action

No comments were submitted that change our assessment of our proposed action. Therefore, as authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Clean Air Act, and in light of documentation for public participation provided by the State of Nevada, EPA is finalizing the approval of the State's request for rescission of the rules and statutory provisions listed in table 1, above, and the disapproval of the State's request for rescission of the rules and statutory provisions listed in table 2, above. EPA is also approving the submitted statutory provisions listed in table 3, above, into the Nevada SIP as replacements for the corresponding outdated provisions listed in table 2.

EPA is not taking final action on 12 of the provisions for which the State requests rescission and for which EPA proposed approval on August 28, 2006 (as listed in table 4, above) but will do so upon receipt of public participation documentation from the State. Lastly, we will be taking final action on our proposed rescission of the Federal implementation plan at 40 CFR 52.1475 (c), (d), and (e), which is related to the former Kennecott Copper Company smelter located in White Pine County, in a separate notice.

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 or disapproves certain State requests for rescission and approves certain replacement provisions 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 rescinds, retains or 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 or disapproves certain State requests for rescission and approves certain replacement provisions implementing a Federal standard, 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.).

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 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 March 5, 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).)

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: December 14, 2006.

Keith Takata,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

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Part 52, Chapter I, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulation 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 DD—Nevada

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2. Section 52.1470 is amended by adding paragraphs (b)(2), (c)(7)(i), (c)(11)(i), (c)(12)(i), (c)(14)(ix), (c)(22)(iii), (c)(25)(iii), (c)(26)(i)(B), and (c)(56)(i)(A)(8) to read as follows:

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(2) Previously approved on May 31, 1972 in paragraph (b) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 2.10.1, 2.10.1.1, 3.3.4, 4.3.4, and Section 13, Nos. 15 and 19 of Senate Bill No. 275.

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(i) Previously approved on February 6, 1975 in paragraph (7) and now deleted without replacement: Article 8.1.

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(i) Previously approved on January 9, 1978 in paragraph (11) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 2.10.1.2, 2.10.2, 2.10.3, 8.1.1, 8.1.2, and 8.1.4.

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(i) Previously approved on August 21, 1978 in paragraph (12) and now deleted without replacement: Article 2.7.4.

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(ix) Previously approved on June 18, 1982 in paragraph (14)(viii) and now deleted without replacement: Article 16: Rules 16.3.1.2, 16.3.2, 16.3.2.1, 16.3.2.2, 16.15, 16.15.1, 16.15.1.1, 16.15.1.2, 16.15.2, 16.15.2.1, 16.15.2.2, 16.15.3, 16.15.3.1, 16.15.3.2, and 16.15.4.

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(iii) Previously approved on June 18, 1982 in paragraph (22)(ii) and now deleted without replacement: Articles 7.2.5, 7.2.9, and 8.3.4.

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(iii) Previously approved on March 27, 1984, in paragraph (25)(i)(A) and now deleted without replacement: Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) sections: 445.440, 445.442-445.443, 445.446, 445.451, 445.453-445.456, 445.459-445.463, 445.465-445.469, 445.474-445.476, 445.481, 445.483-445.485, 445.487, 445.489-445.491, 445.493-445.498, 445.502-445.503, 445.509-445.511, 445.514-445.515, 445.518-445.519, 445.522-445.524, 445.526-445.532, 445.534, 445.539, 445.543-445.544, 445.546, 445.547, 445.551, 445.566-445.568, 445.572-445.573, 445.576-445.580, 445.582-445.583, 445.586-445.587, 445.591, 445.593-445.595, 445.598, 445.600, 445.602-445.605, 445.608-445.611, 445.614-445.616, 445.619-445.620, 445.626, 445.629, 445.631-445.632, 445.634-445.646, 445.648, 445.652, 445.654, and 445.723.

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(B) Previously approved on March 27, 1984, in paragraph (26)(i)(A) and now deleted without replacement: Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) sections 445.815 (paragraphs (1), (2)(a)(1)-(2), and (3)-(5)) and 445.816 (paragraph (2)(a)-(c) and (e)-(i)).

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(8) Title 40, Chapter 445B of Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS)(2003): Sections 445B.200, 445B.205, 445B.230, 445B.240, 445B.340, 445B.350, 445B.360, 445B.450, 445B.460, 445B.570, 445B.580, 445B.600, 445.610, and 445.640.

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Footnotes

1.  Table 1 in this notice differs from the corresponding table in the proposed rule in that it does not include 12 rules or statutory provisions for which the State has not yet provided documentation related to public participation and for which final action is being deferred pending receipt of this documentation from the State. These 12 rules or statutory provisions are listed in table 4 of this notice. In addition, we are finalizing the proposed rescission of the Federal implementation plan at 40 CFR 52.1475(c), (d), and (e), which relates to the former Kennecott Copper Company smelter located in White Pine County, in a separate notice.

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2.  Because the current statutory provisions essentially mirror the outdated provisions, we view our approval of the current statutory provisions as a re-codification and, as such, we are not taking action to remedy pre-existing deficiencies in the applicable SIP. We note, however, that one of the provisions, NRS 445B.200 (“Creation and composition; chairman; quorum; compensation of members and employees; disqualification; technical support”), does not meet the related SIP requirements (CAA section 110(a)(2)(E)(ii) and CAA section 128) and could be the subject of some future EPA rulemaking, such as one under CAA section 110(k)(5).

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[FR Doc. E6-22408 Filed 12-29-06; 8:45 am]

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