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National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks; National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Surface Coating of Plastic Parts and Products

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY:

EPA is proposing to amend the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants: Surface Coating of Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks (Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks NESHAP) to clarify the interaction between the Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks NESHAP and the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Surface Coating of Plastic Parts and Products (Plastic Parts NESHAP), to clarify the meaning of certain regulatory provisions, and to correct certain errors identified in the regulatory text. EPA is also proposing to amend the Plastic Parts NESHAP to clarify that screen printing is not subject to that rule.

DATES:

Comments. Written comments must be received on or before May 24, 2007 unless a public hearing is requested by May 4, 2007. If a public hearing is requested, written comments must be received on or before June 8, 2007.

Public Hearing. If anyone contacts EPA requesting to speak at a public hearing, a public hearing will be held on May 9, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2002-0093, by mail to Air and Radiation Docket (6102T), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of two copies. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

We request that you also send a separate copy of each comment to the contact person listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For further information contact Mr. David Salman, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Coatings and Chemicals Group (E143-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711; telephone number (919) 541-0859; fax number (919) 541-0246; e-mail address: salman.dave@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Why is EPA issuing this proposed rule? This document proposes to take action on the Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks NESHAP and the Plastic Parts NESHAP. We are proposing to amend the Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks NESHAP to clarify the interaction between the Automobiles and Light-Duty Trucks NESHAP and the Plastic Parts NESHAP, to clarify the meaning of certain regulatory provisions, and to correct certain errors identified in the regulatory text. We are also proposing to amend the Plastic Parts NESHAP to clarify that screen printing is not subject to that rule. We have published a parallel direct final rule in the “Rules and Regulations” section of this Federal Register because we view this as a noncontroversial action and anticipate no adverse comment. We have explained our reasons for this action in the preamble to the direct final rule.

If we receive no adverse comment and no request for a public hearing on the parallel direct final rule, we will not take further action on this proposed rule. If we receive adverse comment on the direct final rule or a request for a public hearing, we will withdraw that rule and it will not take effect. In this instance, we would address all public comments in any subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule.

If we receive adverse comment on a distinct provision of the direct final rule, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register indicating which provisions we are withdrawing. The provisions that are not withdrawn will become effective on the date set out in the direct final rule, notwithstanding adverse comment on any other provision.

We do not intend to institute a second comment period on this action. Any parties interested in commenting must do so at this time. For further information, please see the information provided in the ADDRESSES section of this document.

Regulated Entities. Categories and entities potentially regulated by this action include:

CategoryNAICS* codeExamples of potentially regulated entities
Industry336111Automobile manufacturing.
336112Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing.
336211Motor vehicle body manufacturing.
336120Heavy duty truck manufacturing.
323113Commercial screen printing.
* North American Industry Classification System.

This table is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide for readers regarding entities likely to be regulated by this action. To determine whether your facility is regulated by this action, you should examine the applicability criteria of the rule. If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed in the preceding FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

Public Hearing. Persons interested in presenting oral testimony or inquiring as to whether a hearing is to be held should contact Mr. David Salman, EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Sector Policies and Programs Division, Coatings and Chemicals Group (E143-01), Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, telephone number (919) 541-0859, e-mail address: salman.dave@epa.gov, at least 2 days in advance of the potential date of the public hearing. Persons interested in attending the public hearing must also call Mr. Salman to verify the time, date, and location of the hearing. The public hearing will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views, or arguments concerning these proposed emission standards.

Worldwide Web (WWW). In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of today's proposal will also be available through the WWW. Following the Administrator's signature, a copy of this action will be posted on EPA's Technology Transfer Network (TTN) policy and guidance page for newly proposed or promulgated rules at http://www.epa.gov/​ttn/​oarpg/​. The TTN at EPA's Web site provides information and technology exchange in various areas of air pollution control.

Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

For a complete discussion of all of the administrative requirements applicable to this action, see the direct final rule in the Rules and Regulations section of today's Federal Register.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any Start Printed Page 20304other statute unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Small entities include small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions.

For purposes of assessing the impact of today's proposed rule amendments on small entities, a small entity is defined as: (1) A small business according to Small Business Administration size standards for companies identified by NAICS codes 336111 (automobile manufacturing) and 336112 (light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing) with 1,000 or fewer employees or by NAICS code 323113 (commercial screen printing) with 500 or fewer employees; (2) a small governmental jurisdiction that is a government or a city, county, town, school district or special district with a population of less than 50,000; and (3) a small organization that is any not-for-profit enterprise which is independently owned and operated and is not dominant in its field. Based on the above definition, there are no small entities presently engaged in automobile and light-duty truck surface coating. While there are small entities presently engaged in commercial screen printing, the proposed rule amendments would not impose any requirements on commercial screen printers.

After considering the economic impacts of today's proposed rule amendments on small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This is based on the observation that the proposed rule affects no small entities since none are engaged in the surface coating of automobiles and light-duty trucks, and no requirements are imposed on commercial screen printers. We continue to be interested in the potential impacts of the proposed rule amendments on small entities and welcome comments on issues related to such impacts.

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Dated: April 18, 2007.

Stephen L. Johnson,

Administrator.

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[FR Doc. E7-7758 Filed 4-23-07; 8:45 am]

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