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Approval of New Jersey's Title V Operating Permit Program Revision

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Final rule.


The Environmental Protection Agency is approving a revision to the New Jersey Operating Permit Program related to the permitting of stationary sources subject to title V of the Clean Air Act in the state of New Jersey. The revision consists of amendments to Subchapter 22 of Chapter 27 of Title 7 of the New Jersey Administrative Code, “Operating Permits.” The revision was submitted to amend the definition, permit application, and fees sections of the Operating Permit Rule. The changes add clarity to the rule and assure adequate funding for New Jersey's Operating Permit Program. The intended effect of this action is to approve the program revision requested by New Jersey to assure proper implementation of the requirements of title V of the CAA.


Effective Date: This rule will be effective August 27, 2007.


EPA has established a docket for this action under the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) which replaces the Regional Materials in EDOCKET (RME) docket system. The new FDMS is located at and the docket ID for this action is EPA-R02-OAR-2006-0963. All documents in the docket are listed in the FDMS index. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in FDMS or in hard copy at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2 Office, Air Programs Branch, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866. Copies of the documents relevant to this action are also available for public inspection during normal business hours, by appointment at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Air Quality, 401 East State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08625.

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Suilin Chan, Air Programs Branch, Environmental Protection Agency, 290 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, New York 10007-1866, (212) 637-4019.

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I. What was included in New Jersey's submittal?

On October 4, 2006, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) submitted to EPA a request to revise its Operating Permits Rule. The revisions consisted of amendments to sections 22.1, 22.3, 22.4, 22.6, 22.10, and 22.31 of the Operating Permits Rule codified at Title 7 of the New Jersey Administrative Code, Chapter 27, Subchapter 22. These revisions were adopted by the State on May 1, 2006 (inadvertently listed June 9, 2006 as the adoption date in the proposal) and became effective on June 19, 2006.

On March 20, 2007 (72 FR 13059), EPA proposed to approve the revised Subchapter 22 as part of New Jersey's Operating Permits Rule. For a detailed discussion on the content of the revisions to New Jersey's rule, the reader is referred to EPA's proposed rulemaking action.

II. What comments did EPA receive in response to its proposal?

In response to EPA's March 20, 2007, proposed rulemaking action, EPA received no comments.

III. What is EPA's conclusion?

EPA has evaluated New Jersey's submittal for consistency with the Act, EPA regulations, and EPA policy. EPA has determined that the revisions to Subchapter 22, New Jersey's Operating Permits Rule meet title V of the CAA and its implementing regulations codified at Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 70. Therefore, EPA is approving the subject revisions.

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 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 standard, and does not alter the relationship or the distribution of power and responsibilities established in the 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 State Operating Permit Programs submitted pursuant to title V of the Clean Air Act, EPA will approve such regulations provided that they meet the requirements of the Clean Air Act and EPA's regulations codified at 40 CFR part 70. In this context, in the Start Printed Page 41026absence of a prior existing requirement for the State to use voluntary consensus standards (VCS), EPA has no authority to disapprove such regulations for failure to use VCS. It would, thus, be inconsistent with applicable law for EPA, when it reviews such regulations, to use VCS in place of a State regulation 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. section 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. section 804(2).

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by September 24, 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 70

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Dated: July 8, 2007.

Alan J. Steinberg,

Regional Administrator, Region 2.

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Part 70, chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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1. The authority citation for part 70 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. Appendix A to part 70 is amended by adding paragraph (d) to the entry for New Jersey to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 70—Approval Status of State and Local Operating Permit Programs

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New Jersey

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(d) The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection submitted program revisions on October 4, 2006; approval effective August 27, 2007.

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[FR Doc. E7-14483 Filed 7-25-07; 8:45 am]