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Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, Ventura County Air Pollution Control District

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule.


EPA is proposing to approve revisions to the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District (VCAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern the permitting of new or modified sources. We are proposing to approve local rules to regulate these procedures under the Clean Air Act as amended in 1990 (CAA or the Act). We are taking comments on this proposal and plan to follow with a final action.


Any comments must arrive by December 19, 2008.


Submit comments, identified by docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2008-0341, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the on-line instructions.
  • E-mail:
  • Mail or deliver: Gerardo Rios (Air-3), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105.

Instructions: All comments will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information that you consider CBI or otherwise protected should be clearly identified as such and should not be submitted through or e-mail. is an “anonymous access” system, and EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send e-mail directly to EPA, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the public comment. 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.

Docket: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at 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 below.

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Laura Yannayon, EPA Region IX, (415) 972-3534,

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

Table of Contents

I. The State's Submittal

A. What rules did the State submit?

B. Are there other versions of the rules?

C. What is the purpose of the submitted rules?

II. EPA's Evaluation and Action

A. How is EPA evaluating the rules?

B. Do the rules meet the evaluation criteria?

C. EPA Recommendation to Further Improve a Rule

D. Proposed Action and Public Comment

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. The State's Submittal

A. What rules did the State submit?

Table 1 lists the rules addressed by this proposal with the dates that they were adopted by local air agency and submitted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Table 1—Submitted Rules

Local agencyRule No.Rule titleAmended or revisedSubmitted
VCAPCD26New Source Review—General03/14/06, Amended06/16/06
VCAPCD26.1New Source Review—Definitions11/14/06, Revised05/08/07
VCAPCD26.2New Source Review—Requirements03/14/06, Revised06/16/06
VCAPCD26.3New Source Review—Exemptions03/14/06, Revised06/16/06
VCAPCD26.4New Source Review—Emissions Banking03/14/06, Revised06/16/06
VCAPCD26.5New Source Review—Essential Public Service Bank03/14/06, Revised06/16/06
VCAPCD26.6New Source Review—Calculations03/14/06, Revised06/16/06

On July 21, 2006, the rule submittal of June 16, 2006 was found to meet the completeness criteria in 40 CFR part 51, appendix V, which must be met before formal EPA review. On July 23, 2007, the rule submittal of May 8, 2007 was found to meet the completeness criteria.

B. Are there other versions of the rules?

We approved a version of VCAPCD Rules 26 and 26.5 on December 7, 2000 (65 FR 76567). We approved a version of VCAPCD Rules 26.1, 26.2, 26.3, 26.4, and 26.6 on February 28, 2003 (68 FR 9561). We did not act on a version of VCAPCD Rule 26.1, revised on March 14, 2006 and submitted to us by CARB on June 16, 2006. While we can act on only the most recently submitted version, we have reviewed materials provided with the previous submittal.

C. What is the purpose of the submitted rules?

The purposes of revisions relative to the SIP rule are as follows:

  • VCAPCD Rule 26: A reference to the new Rule 26.11 is added, along with the purposes of Rule 26.11, including (a) the process by which the APCO determines if Emission Reduction Credits (ERCs) are surplus at the time of use and (b) the implementation of an annual Start Printed Page 69594equivalency demonstration program, are added to the rule.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.1: Four definitions relating to bio-solids, public service ERCs, and public service banking are added to the rule, and the definition for Community Bank is removed from the rule.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.2: The District name is added to the rule.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.3: The exemption from offset requirements for gasoline dispensing facilities that dispense into motor vehicles or marine pleasure craft, is removed.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.4.B.5: The banking of ERCs for gasoline dispensing facilities that dispense into motor vehicles or marine pleasure craft, shall be allowed for no more than the amount of ERCs provided by the applicant after 10/22/91. Previously these ERCs were not eligible for banking.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.4.B.7: The provisions are added that (a) after 10/22/91, any ROC or NOX emission increase calculated pursuant to Rule 26.6.D but not offset with ERCs shall be ineligible for banking and (b) an emission increase offset with a credit from the Community Bank between 10/13/91 and 03/14/06 shall be ineligible for banking.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.4.F.2: The provisions are added that (a) the District shall contact the owner of an ERC certificate annually to determine if the owner will renew the certificate and (b) if not renewed, the certificate will be deemed inactive and transferred to the Essential Public Service Bank.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.5: The title of this rule is changed from “New Source Review—Community Service Bank” to “New Source Review—Essential Public Service Bank.”
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.5.A: The applicability of this banking section is changed to “essential public service credits” instead of “community ERCs.”
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.5.C: The applicability of this disbursement section is also changed to “essential public service credits.” Other former community ERC transactions described in SIP Rule 25.5.C.2, such as disbursing community ERCs to sources not required to provide offsets on the date the Authority-to-Construct is issued, are deleted.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.5.E: Requirements for tracking community ERCs by the District are deleted from the rule. These provisions already exist in the SIP-approved version of VCAPCD Rule 26.11.
  • VCAPCD Rule 26.6: The District name is added to the rule.

II. EPA's Evaluation and Action

A. How is EPA evaluating the rules?

These rules describe administrative provisions and definitions that support the review and permitting of new and modified emission sources as required by Title I, subpart D, of the Clean Air Act for nonattainment areas. In combination with the other requirements, these rules must be enforceable (see section 110(a) of the CAA) and must not relax existing requirements (see sections 110(l) and 193).

EPA guidance and policy documents that we used to help evaluate enforceability requirements consistently include the following:

  • Review of New Sources and Modifications, U.S. EPA, 40 CFR part 51, subpart I.
  • Guidance Document for Correcting Common VOC & Other Rule Deficiencies, EPA Region 9, (August 21, 2001). (The Little Bluebook)

B. Do the rules meet the evaluation criteria?

We believe the rules are consistent with the relevant policy and guidance regarding enforceability and SIP relaxations. The TSD has more information on our evaluation.

C. EPA Recommendation To Further Improve a Rule

The TSD describes an additional revision to VCAPCD Rule 26.1 that does not affect EPA's current action but is recommended for the next time the local agency modifies the rule.

D. Proposed Action and Public Comment

Because EPA believes the submitted rules fulfill all relevant requirements, we are proposing full approval as described in section 110(k)(3) of the CAA. We will accept comments from the public on this proposal for the next 30 days. Unless we receive convincing new information during the comment period, we intend to publish a final approval action that will incorporate these rules into the federally enforceable SIP.

III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

Under the Clean Air Act, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act and applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the Clean Air Act. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

  • Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993);
  • Does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);
  • Is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);
  • 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);
  • Does not have Federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);
  • Is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);
  • Is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);
  • Is not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the Clean Air Act; and
  • Does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

In addition, this rule does not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the SIP is not approved to apply in Indian country located in the state, and EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: October 24, 2008.

Alexis Strauss,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region IX.

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[FR Doc. E8-27484 Filed 11-18-08; 8:45 am]