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Proposed Rule

Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Delaware; Open Burning

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the State of Delaware. This SIP revision pertains to the amendments of Delaware's open burning regulation. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

DATES:

Written comments must be received on or before July 23, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA-R03-OAR-2007-0450 by one of the following methods:

A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

B. E-mail: cripps.christopher@epa.gov.

C. Mail: EPA-R03-OAR-2007-0450, Christopher Cripps, Acting Chief, Air Quality Planning Branch, Mailcode 3AP21, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.

D. Hand Delivery: At the previously-listed EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OAR-2007-0450. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, 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 www.regulations.gov or e-mail. The www.regulations.gov 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 www.regulations.gov, 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.

Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., 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 Start Printed Page 34208form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, 89 Kings Highway, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, Delaware 19901.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Rose Quinto, (215) 814-2182, or by e-mail at quinto.rose@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

On May 2, 2007, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) submitted a revision to its SIP for Regulation No. 1113—Open Burning. The SIP revision includes (1) Expanding the open burning ban from New Castle and Kent Counties to statewide; (2) expanding the open burning ban from June 1 through August 31 in the current regulation to May 1 through September 30; and (3) to clarify the prohibitions in the existing regulation and their interaction with other applicable laws and regulations.

II. Summary of SIP Revision

Delaware's Open Burning Regulation, Regulation No. 1113, applies to all open burning activities in the State of Delaware which includes the counties of New Castle, Kent and Sussex. The following are the prohibitions and provisions of open burning activities in the State of Delaware during May 1 through September 30:

(1) The regulation prohibits leaf and refuse burning statewide.

(2) The regulation allows the following without permission from DNREC: domestic burning of branches and limbs from trees and shrubs statewide; and agricultural burning statewide to cultivate and/or prepare soil for the production of crops or the support of livestock.

(3) The regulation requires permission from DNREC for the following types of open burning: prescribed burning for conservation practices, wildlife habitat management, or plant, pest or disease control; and burning of wooden buildings for fire fighting instruction conducted by authorized fire companies.

(4) Commercial operations are not permitted to burn for disposal, e.g. burning of tree limbs, stumps as a result of land clearing, and construction debris.

(5) All allowable types of burning can be conducted between the hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Approval can be obtained from DNREC to burn outside of those hours for reasons of safety, smoke reduction or a more efficient or complete burn.

(6) The following types of burning are exempt from the regulation, and can be conducted at any time: cooking fires; recreational fires; ceremonial fires; emergency signaling flares; backburning to suppress wildfires; and fire fighting instruction conducted by the Delaware State Fire School.

III. Proposed Action

EPA is proposing to approve the Delaware SIP revision for Regulation No. 1113—Open Burning submitted on May 2, 2007. This regulation will result in the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions by establishing rules for open burning activities in the State of Delaware during the ozone season. EPA is soliciting public comments on the issues discussed in this document. These comments will be considered before taking final action.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993), this proposed 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 proposes to approve State law as meeting Federal requirements and imposes no additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. Accordingly, the Administrator certifies that this proposed 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 proposes to approve 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 proposed rule also does 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), nor will it 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), because it merely proposes to approve 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 proposed rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it approves a state rule implementing a Federal standard.

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. As required by section 3 of Executive Order 12988 (61 FR 4729, February 7, 1996), in issuing this proposed rule, EPA has taken the necessary steps to eliminate drafting errors and ambiguity, minimize potential litigation, and provide a clear legal standard for affected conduct. EPA has complied with Executive Order 12630 (53 FR 8859, March 15, 1988) by examining the takings implications of the rule in accordance with the “Attorney General's Supplemental Guidelines for the Evaluation of Risk and Avoidance of Unanticipated Takings” issued under the executive order.

This proposed rule pertaining to Delaware's Open Burning Regulation, does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: June 12, 2007.

Donald S. Welsh,

Regional Administrator, Region III.

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[FR Doc. E7-12051 Filed 6-20-07; 8:45 am]

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