Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
EPA is proposing to approve a revision to the West Virginia State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision addresses the requirements of Start Printed Page 27732EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR), and recodifies and revises provisions pertaining to internal combustion engines and cement kilns that are subject to the nitrogen oxides (NOX) SIP Call. Although the D.C. Circuit found CAIR to be flawed, the rule was remanded without vacatur and thus remains in place. Thus, EPA is continuing to take action on CAIR SIPs as appropriate. CAIR, as promulgated, requires States to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides (NOX) that significantly contribute to, or interfere with maintenance of, the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for fine particulates and/or ozone in any downwind state. CAIR establishes budgets for SO2 and NOX for States that contribute significantly to nonattainment in downwind States and requires the significantly contributing States to submit SIP revisions that implement these budgets. States have the flexibility to choose which control measures to adopt to achieve the budgets, including participation in EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions. In the SIP revision that EPA is proposing to approve, West Virginia will meet CAIR requirements by participating in these cap-and-trade programs. EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision, as interpreted and clarified herein, as fully implementing the CAIR requirements for West Virginia.
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Table of Contents
I. What Action Is EPA Proposing?
II. What Is the Regulatory History of CAIR and the CAIR Federal Implementation Plans (FIPs)?
III. What Are the General Requirements of CAIR and the CAIR FIPs?
IV. What Are the Types of CAIR SIP Submittals?
V. Analysis of West Virginia's CAIR SIP Submittal
A. State Budgets for Allowance Allocations
B. CAIR Cap-and-Trade Programs
C. Applicability Provisions
D. NOX Allowance Allocations
E. Allocation of NOX Allowances from Compliance Supplement Pool
F. Individual Opt-in Units
G. Additional Interpretations
VI. Proposed Action
VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews
I. What Action Is EPA Proposing?
EPA is proposing to approve the SIP revision submitted by West Virginia on April 22, 2008, as interpreted and clarified herein, as meeting the applicable CAIR requirements by requiring certain electric generating units (EGUs) to participate in the EPA-administered CAIR cap-and-trade programs addressing SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions. EPA is also proposing to approve recodification and revision of provisions that address NOX ozone season emission reduction requirements for internal combustion engines and cement kilns, updated only to revise NOX SIP Call references to CAIR references. These provisions for internal combustion engines and cement kilns were previously approved as part of West Virginia regulation 45CSR1. 45CSR1 set forth the requirements for both: non-EGUs that were part of the NOX Budget Trading Program, and non-EGUs that were not part of the trading program but instead had specific emission requirements. EPA will no longer administer the NOX Budget Trading program after 2008, therefore West Virginia chose to sunset its NOX Budget Trading Program rules by repealing 45CSR1 and 45CSR26 (which applied to EGUs) in their entirety. The units that participated in the NOX Budget Trading Program in 45CSR1 and 45CSR26 will now be subject to the requirements of the CAIR trading program, as proposed in this action. The provisions for internal combustion engines and cement kilns have been recodified into separate sections of 45CSR40 (sections 45-40-90 and 45-40-100, respectively).
II. What Is the Regulatory History of the CAIR and the CAIR FIPs?
EPA published CAIR on May 12, 2005 (70 FR 25162). In this rule, EPA determined that 28 States and the District of Columbia contribute significantly to nonattainment and interfere with maintenance of the NAAQS for fine particles (PM2.5) and/or Start Printed Page 277338-hour ozone in downwind States in the eastern part of the country. As a result, EPA required those upwind States to revise their SIPs to include control measures that reduce emissions of SO2, which is a precursor to PM2.5 formation, and/or NOX, which is a precursor to both ozone and PM2.5 formation. For jurisdictions that contribute significantly to downwind PM2.5 nonattainment, CAIR sets annual State-wide emission reduction requirements (i.e., budgets) for SO2 and annual State-wide emission reduction requirements for NOX. Similarly, for jurisdictions that contribute significantly to 8-hour ozone nonattainment, CAIR sets State-wide emission reduction requirements or budgets for NOX for the ozone season (May 1st to September 30th). Under CAIR, States may implement these reduction requirements by participating in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs or by adopting any other control measures.
CAIR explains to subject States what must be included in SIPs to address the requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) with regard to interstate transport with respect to the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 NAAQS. EPA made national findings, effective on May 25, 2005, that the States had failed to submit SIPs meeting the requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D). The SIPs were due in July 2000, 3 years after the promulgation of the 8-hour ozone and PM2.5 NAAQS. These findings started a 2-year clock for EPA to promulgate a FIP to address the requirements of section 110(a)(2)(D). Under CAA section 110(c)(1), EPA may issue a FIP anytime after such findings are made and must do so within two years unless a SIP revision correcting the deficiency is approved by EPA before the FIP is promulgated.
On April 28, 2006, EPA promulgated FIPs for all States covered by CAIR in order to ensure the emissions reductions required by CAIR are achieved on schedule. The CAIR FIPs require EGUs to participate in the EPA-administered CAIR SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading programs, as appropriate. The CAIR FIP SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading programs impose essentially the same requirements as, and are integrated with, the respective CAIR SIP trading programs. The integration of the FIP and SIP trading programs means that these trading programs will work together to create effectively a single trading program for each regulated pollutant (SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season) in all States covered by the CAIR FIP or SIP trading program for that pollutant. Further, as provided in a rule published by EPA on November 7, 2007, a State's CAIR FIPs are automatically withdrawn when EPA approves a SIP revision, in its entirely and without any conditions, as fully meeting the requirements of CAIR. Where only portions of the SIP revision are approved, the corresponding portions of the FIPs are automatically withdrawn and the remaining portions of the FIP stay in place. Finally, the CAIR FIPs also allow States to submit abbreviated SIP revisions that, if approved by EPA, will automatically replace or supplement certain CAIR FIP provisions (e.g., the methodology for allocating NOX allowances to sources in the State), while the CAIR FIP remains in place for all other provisions.
On April 28, 2006, EPA published two additional CAIR-related final rules that added the States of Delaware and New Jersey to the list of States subject to CAIR for PM2.5 and announced EPA's final decisions on reconsideration of five issues, without making any substantive changes to the CAIR requirements.
On October 19, 2007, EPA amended CAIR and the CAIR FIPs to clarify the definition of “cogeneration unit” and thus the applicability of the CAIR trading program to cogeneration units. There are no sources in West Virginia that are affected by the clarification of this definition, however, West Virginia must still revise their rules to address this clarification and submit the revised rule as a SIP revision.
EPA was sued by a number of parties on various aspects of CAIR, and on July 11, 2008, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued its decision to vacate and remand both CAIR and the associated CAIR FIPs in their entirety. North Carolina v. EPA, 531 F.3d 836 (DC Cir. Jul. 11, 2008). However, in response to EPA's petition for rehearing, the Court issued an order remanding CAIR to EPA without vacating either CAIR or the CAIR FIPs. North Carolina v. EPA, 550 F.3d 1176 (DC Cir. Dec. 23, 2008). The Court thereby left CAIR in place in order to “temporarily preserve the environmental values covered by CAIR” until EPA replaces it with a rule consistent with the Court's opinion. Id. at 1178. The Court directed EPA to “remedy CAIR's flaws” consistent with its July 11, 2008 opinion, but declined to impose a schedule on EPA for completing that action. Id. Therefore, CAIR and the CAIR FIP are currently in effect in West Virginia.
III. What Are the General Requirements of CAIR and the CAIR FIPs?
CAIR establishes State-wide emission budgets for SO2 and NOX and is to be implemented in two phases. The first phase of NOX reductions starts in 2009 and continues through 2014, while the first phase of SO2 reductions starts in 2010 and continues through 2014. The second phase of reductions for both NOX and SO2 starts in 2015 and continues thereafter. CAIR requires States to implement the budgets by either: (1) Requiring EGUs to participate in the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs; or (2) adopting other control measures of the State's choosing and demonstrating that such control measures will result in compliance with the applicable State SO2 and NOX budgets.
The May 12, 2005 and April 28, 2006 CAIR rules provide model rules that States must adopt (with certain limited changes, if desired) if they want to participate in the EPA-administered trading programs.
With two exceptions, only States that choose to meet the requirements of CAIR through methods that exclusively regulate EGUs are allowed to participate in the EPA-administered trading programs. One exception is for States that adopt the opt-in provisions of the model rules to allow non-EGUs individually to opt into the EPA-administered trading programs. The other exception is for States that include all non-EGUs from their NOX SIP Call trading programs in their CAIR NOX ozone season trading programs.
IV. What Are the Types of CAIR SIP Submittals?
States have the flexibility to choose the type of control measures they will use to meet the requirements of CAIR. EPA anticipates that most States will choose to meet the CAIR requirements by selecting an option that requires EGUs to participate in the EPA-administered CAIR cap-and-trade programs. For such States, EPA has provided two approaches for submitting and obtaining approval for CAIR SIP revisions. States may submit full SIP revisions that adopt the model CAIR cap-and-trade rules. If approved, these SIP revisions will fully replace the CAIR FIPs. Alternatively, States may submit abbreviated SIP revisions. These SIP revisions will not replace the CAIR FIPs; however, the CAIR FIPs provide that, when approved, the provisions in these abbreviated SIP revisions will be used instead of or in conjunction with, as appropriate, the corresponding provisions of the CAIR FIPs (e.g., the Start Printed Page 27734NOX allowance allocation methodology).
A State submitting a full SIP revision may either adopt regulations that are substantively identical to the model rules or incorporate by reference the model rules. CAIR provides that States may only make limited changes to the model rules if the States want to participate in the EPA-administered trading programs. A full SIP revision may change the model rules only by altering their applicability and allowance allocation provisions to:
1. Include all NOX SIP Call trading sources that are not EGUs under CAIR in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program;
2. Provide for State allocation of NOX annual or ozone season allowances using a methodology chosen by the State;
3. Provide for State allocation of NOX annual allowances from the compliance supplement pool (CSP) using the State's choice of allowed, alternative methodologies; or
4. Allow units that are not otherwise CAIR units to opt individually into the CAIR SO2, NOX annual, or NOX ozone season trading programs under the opt-in provisions in the model rules. An approved CAIR full SIP revision addressing EGUs' SO2, NOX annual, or NOX ozone season emissions will replace the CAIR FIP for that State for the respective EGU emissions. As discussed above, EPA approval in full, without any conditions, of a CAIR full SIP revision causes the CAIR FIPs to be automatically withdrawn.
V. Analysis of West Virginia's CAIR SIP Submittal
A. State Budgets for Allowance Allocations
The CAIR NOX annual and ozone season budgets were developed from historical heat input data for EGUs. Using these data, EPA calculated annual and ozone season regional heat input values, which were multiplied by 0.15 lb/mmBtu, for phase 1 and 0.125 lb/mmBtu, for phase 2, to obtain regional NOX budgets for 2009-2014 and for 2015 and thereafter, respectively. EPA derived the State NOX annual and ozone season budgets from the regional budgets using State heat input data adjusted by fuel factors.
The CAIR State SO2 budgets were derived by discounting the tonnage of emissions authorized by annual allowance allocations under the Acid Rain Program under title IV of the CAA. Under CAIR, each allowance allocated in the Acid Rain Program for the years in phase 1 of CAIR (2010 through 2014) authorizes 0.5 ton of SO2 emissions in the CAIR trading program, and each Acid Rain Program allowance allocated for the years in phase 2 of CAIR (2015 and thereafter) authorizes 0.35 ton of SO2 emissions in the CAIR trading program.
In today's action, EPA is proposing to approve West Virginia's SIP revision that adopts the budgets established for the State in CAIR. These budgets are: 74,220 tons for NOX annual emissions from 2009 through 2014 and 61,850 tons from 2015 and thereafter; 26,859 tons for NOX ozone season emissions from 2009 through 2014 and 26,525 tons from 2015 and thereafter; and 215,881 tons for SO2 annual emissions from 2009 through 2014 and 151,117 tons from 2015 and thereafter. Additionally, the CAIR NOX ozone season budget would be increased annually by 2,184 tons to account for NOX SIP Call trading sources that are not EGUs under CAIR, but are included in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program. West Virginia's SIP revision sets these budgets as the total amounts of allowances available for allocation for each year under the EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs.
EPA notes that, in North Carolina, id. at 916-21, the Court determined, among other things, that the State SO2 and NOX budgets established in CAIR were arbitrary and capricious. However, as discussed above, the Court also decided to remand CAIR but to leave the rule in place in order to “temporarily preserve the environmental values covered by CAIR” pending EPA's development and promulgation of a replacement rule that remedies CAIR's flaws. Id. at 1178. EPA had indicated to the Court that development and promulgation of a replacement rule would take about two years. Reply in Support of Petition for Rehearing or Rehearing en Banc at 5 (filed Nov. 17, 2008 in North Carolina v. EPA, Case No. 05-1224, DC Cir.). The process at EPA of developing a proposal that will undergo notice and comment and result in a final replacement rule is ongoing. In the meantime, consistent with the Court's orders, EPA is implementing CAIR by approving State SIP revisions that are consistent with CAIR (such as the provisions setting State SO2 and NOX budgets for the CAIR trading programs) in order to “temporarily preserve” the environmental benefits achievable under the CAIR trading programs. North Carolina, 550 F.3d at 1178.
B. CAIR Cap-and-Trade Programs
The CAIR NOX annual and ozone-season model trading rules both largely mirror the structure of the NOX SIP Call model trading rule in 40 CFR part 96, subparts A through I. While the provisions of the NOX annual and ozone-season model rules are similar, there are some differences. For example, the NOX annual model rule (but not the NOX ozone season model rule) provides for a CSP, which is discussed below, and under which allowances may be awarded for early reductions of NOX annual emissions. As a further example, the NOX ozone season model rule reflects the fact that the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program replaces the NOX SIP Call trading program after the 2008 ozone season and is coordinated with the NOX SIP Call program. The NOX ozone season model rule provides incentives for early emissions reductions by allowing banked, pre-2009 NOX SIP Call allowances to be used for compliance in the CAIR NOX ozone-season trading program. In addition, States have the option of continuing to meet their NOX SIP Call requirement by participating in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program and including all their NOX SIP Call trading sources in that program.
The provisions of the CAIR SO2 model rule are also similar to the provisions of the NOX annual and ozone season model rules. However, the SO2 model rule is coordinated with the ongoing Acid Rain SO2 cap-and-trade program under CAA title IV. The SO2 model rule uses the title IV allowances for compliance, with each allowance allocated for 2010-2014 authorizing only 0.50 ton of emissions and each allowance allocated for 2015 and thereafter authorizing only 0.35 ton of emissions. Banked title IV allowances allocated for years before 2010 can be used at any time in the CAIR SO2 cap-and-trade program, with each such allowance authorizing 1 ton of emissions. Title IV allowances are to be freely transferable among sources covered by the Acid Rain Program and sources covered by the CAIR SO2 cap-and-trade program.
EPA also used the CAIR model trading rules as the basis for the trading programs in the CAIR FIPs. The CAIR FIP trading rules are virtually identical to the CAIR model trading rules, with changes made to account for Federal Start Printed Page 27735rather than State implementation. The CAIR model SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading rules and the respective CAIR FIP trading rules are designed to work together as integrated SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season trading programs.
In the SIP revision, West Virginia chooses to implement its CAIR budgets by requiring EGUs to participate in EPA-administered cap-and-trade programs for SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions. West Virginia has adopted a full SIP revision that adopts, with certain allowed changes discussed below, the CAIR model cap-and-trade rules for SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions.
C. Applicability Provisions
In general, the CAIR model trading rules apply to any stationary, fossil-fuel-fired boiler or stationary, fossil-fuel-fired combustion turbine serving at any time, since the later of November 15, 1990 or the start-up of the unit's combustion chamber, a generator with nameplate capacity of more than 25 MWe producing electricity for sale. Under the CAIR model trading rules, exemptions are provided for a unit otherwise covered by these general applicability criteria that is a cogeneration unit meeting a specified limit on its electricity sales or that is a solid waste incineration unit meeting a specified limit on combustion of fossil fuel. In the applicability section of each of West Virginia's CAIR trading rules, these exemptions are set forth in subsection 4.2, which begins with the phrase “[w]ith limited exception” and then goes on to state that units meeting the exemption criteria that are set forth are not CAIR units. EPA interprets this phrase to mean, in each of West Virginia's CAIR trading rules, that the provisions in subsection 4.2 that set forth the exemptions for cogeneration units and solid waste incineration units are the “limited exceptions” to the general applicability criteria in subsection 4.1 and that these provisions are not altered by the reference to “limited exception” and are intended to be the same as the exemptions set forth in the CAIR model trading rules. In other words, there are no exceptions to the general applicability criteria other than those listed in subsection 4.2, and all units meeting the exemption criteria in subsection 4.2 are not CAIR units. In a letter submitted to EPA on April 30, 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adopted this interpretation.
States have the option of bringing in, for the CAIR NOX ozone season program only, those units in the State's NOX SIP Call trading program that are not EGUs as defined under CAIR. EPA advises States exercising this option to add the applicability provisions in the State's NOX SIP Call trading rule for non-EGUs to the applicability provisions in 40 CFR 96.304 in order to include in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program all units required to be in the State's NOX SIP Call trading program that are not already included under 40 CFR 96.304. Under this option, the CAIR NOX ozone season program must cover all large industrial boilers and combustion turbines, as well as any small EGUs (i.e. units serving a generator with a nameplate capacity of 25 MWe or less) that the State currently requires to be in the NOX SIP Call trading program.
West Virginia has chosen to expand the applicability provisions of the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program to include all non-EGUs in the State's NOX SIP Call trading program, including the only unit (PPG Natrium Plant Unit 002) that opted into the State's NOX SIP Call trading program. Under 40 CFR 51.123(aa)(2)(i), a State may include “all non-EGUs subject to” the State's NOX SIP Call trading program. EPA believes that, although the unit voluntarily entered the State's NOX SIP Call trading program, West Virginia properly included this unit in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program because the unit became subject to that trading program in 2003, installed emission controls for compliance with program requirements, and has continued to participate in the program through 2008. Consistent with the fact (discussed below) that West Virginia's SIP revision does not allow for opt-in units in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program, the SIP revision treats this unit like any other CAIR unit and does not give this unit the option of leaving the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program.
Further, in connection with the inclusion, as CAIR units in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program, of non-EGUs in the State's NOX SIP Call trading program, West Virginia's SIP revision includes (in subsection 2.37.b) a special definition of “commence operation” for such non-EGUs that become CAIR units after they have commenced operation. Section 45-2.37.b incorrectly references “subsections 4.2 or 4.3,” which were renumbered in the latest version of West Virginia's SIP revision as “subsections 4.3 or 4.4.” Because this appears to be a scrivener's error, EPA interprets the references to be to “subsections 4.3 or 4.4.” In a letter submitted to EPA on April 30, 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adopted this interpretation.
D. NOX Allowance Allocations
Under the NOX allowance allocation methodology in the CAIR model trading rules and in the CAIR FIP, NOX annual and ozone season allowances are allocated to units that have operated for five years, based on heat input data from a three-year period that are adjusted for fuel type by using fuel factors of 1.0 for coal, 0.6 for oil, and 0.4 for other fuels. The CAIR model trading rules and the CAIR FIP also provide a new unit set-aside from which units without five years of operation are allocated allowances based on the units' prior year emissions.
States may establish in their SIP submissions a different NOX allowance allocation methodology that will be used to allocate allowances to sources in the States if certain requirements are met concerning the timing of submission of units' allocations to the Administrator for recordation and the total amount of allowances allocated for each control period. In adopting alternative NOX allowance allocation methodologies, States have flexibility with regard to:
1. The cost to recipients of the allowances, which may be distributed for free or auctioned;
2. The frequency of allocations;
3. The basis for allocating allowances, which may be distributed, for example, based on historical heat input or electric and thermal output; and
4. The use of allowance set-asides and, if used, their size.
West Virginia has chosen to distribute NOX annual and NOX ozone season allowances in a manner substantively identical to that in the Part 96 model rule. The State's NOX ozone season allocation provisions have been modified only to the extent necessary to add requirements associated with West Virginia's option to bring its non-EGUs into the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program.
E. Allocation of NOX Allowances From Compliance Supplement Pool
The CAIR establishes a CSP to provide an incentive for early reductions in NOX annual emissions. The CSP consists of 200,000 CAIR NOX annual allowances of vintage 2009 for the entire CAIR region, and a State's share of the CSP is based upon the projected magnitude of the emission reductions required by CAIR in that State. States may distribute CSP allowances, one allowance for each ton of early reduction, to sources that make NOX reductions during 2007 or 2008 Start Printed Page 27736beyond what is required by any applicable State or Federal emission limitation. States also may distribute CSP allowances based upon a demonstration of need for an extension of the 2009 deadline for implementing emission controls.
The CAIR annual NOX model trading rule establishes specific methodologies for allocations of CSP allowances. States may choose an allowed, alternative CSP allocation methodology to be used to allocate CSP allowances to sources in the States.
West Virginia's compliance supplement pool is comprised of 4,898 allowances. West Virginia has chosen to modify the provisions of the CAIR NOX annual model trading rule concerning the allocation of allowances from the CSP. West Virginia has chosen to distribute CSP allowances to any CAIR NOX Annual unit in the State whose average annual NOX emission rate for 2007 or 2008 is less than 0.25 lb/mmBtu and whose NOX averaging plan (if the unit is included in an Acid Rain Program NOX averaging plan under 40 CFR 76.11) for that year has an actual weighted average NOX emission rate that is equal to or less than the actual weighted average NOX emission rate for the year before the unit achieves NOX emission reductions in 2007 or 2008.
F. Individual Opt-in Units
The opt-in provisions of the CAIR SIP model trading rules allow certain non-EGUs (i.e., boilers, combustion turbines, and other stationary fossil-fuel-fired devices) that do not meet the applicability criteria for a CAIR trading program to participate voluntarily in (i.e., opt into) the CAIR trading program. A non-EGU may opt into one or more of the CAIR trading programs. In order to qualify to opt into a CAIR trading program, a unit must vent all emissions through a stack and be able to meet monitoring, recordkeeping, and recording requirements of 40 CFR part 75. The owners and operators seeking to opt a unit into a CAIR trading program must apply for a CAIR opt-in permit. If the unit is issued a CAIR opt-in permit, the unit becomes a CAIR unit, is allocated allowances, and must meet the same allowance-holding and emissions monitoring and reporting requirements as other units subject to the CAIR trading program. The opt-in provisions provide for two methodologies for allocating allowances for opt-in units, one methodology that applies to opt-in units in general and a second methodology that allocates allowances only to opt-in units that the owners and operators intend to repower before January 1, 2015.
States have several options concerning the opt-in provisions. States may adopt the CAIR opt-in provisions entirely or may adopt them but exclude one of the methodologies for allocating allowances. States may also decline to adopt the opt-in provisions at all. West Virginia has declined to adopt the opt-in provisions.
G. Additional Interpretations
1. References to NOX Emitting Equipment in Section 45-40-9
West Virginia's SIP revision includes provisions (in sections 45-40-90 and 45-40-100) addressing NOX ozone season emission reduction requirements for internal combustion engines and cement kilns, none of which sources are included in the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program. The NOX ozone season emission reduction requirements in these sections—which have been moved from the portion of West Virginia's rules addressing the NOX SIP Call to the portion addressing CAIR—are identical to those previously approved in West Virginia's SIP for purposes of meeting requirements under the NOX SIP Call, except that references to the NOX SIP Call trading program are replaced by references to the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program. EPA is therefore proposing to approve the recodification and revision of sections 45-40-90 and 45-40-100, as interpreted and clarified below.
Some of the language in section 45-40-90 could be interpreted as being inconsistent with the above-discussed CAIR trading program applicability provisions in section 45-40-4 in West Virginia's SIP revision. Specifically, subsections 90.1, 90.4.d, 90.4.g, and 90.4.i refer to stationary internal combustion engines and “other significant NOX emitting equipment” located at facilities controlled by the same owner or operator. Section 90.1 states that both of these categories of equipment “will not be * * * subject to the CAIR NOX Ozone Season Trading Program requirements under sections 4 through 88.” Subsections 90.4.g and 90.4.i include similar language stating the “other significant NOX emitting equipment” will not be subject to trading program requirements; however, these sections clarify that the “other significant NOX emitting equipment” that is not subject to the trading program requirements is only to equipment “that is not a CAIR NOX Ozone Season unit under section 4” (i.e., section 45-40-4). Subsections 90.1 and 90.4.d lack this clarifying language. Section 45-40-4 does not exempt from the CAIR NOX ozone season trading program “other significant NOX emitting equipment” covered by section 45-40-90. Therefore, if subsections 90.1 and 90.4.d. were interpreted to exempt “other significant NOX emitting equipment” regardless of whether it is covered by the CAIR trading programs, these subsections would be inconsistent with section 45-40-4. In order for West Virginia to participate in the CAIR trading program as the State clearly intends, the applicability of the CAIR trading program to “significant NOX emitting equipment” must be determined by section 45-40-4 (not section 45-40-90). EPA interprets all references to “other significant NOX emitting equipment” in section 45-40-90 to be limited to such equipment that is not a CAIR NOX Ozone Season unit under section 45-40-4. In a letter submitted to EPA on April 30, 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adopted this interpretation.
2. Treatment of CAIR Allowances Allocated to Opt-in Units
Having chosen not to allow units to opt into the CAIR trading programs, West Virginia properly removed from its CAIR trading rules most of the provisions that are in the CAIR model trading rules and address CAIR opt-in units. However, while, as discussed above, West Virginia has the option of participating in the CAIR trading programs with or without allowing units in its jurisdiction to opt into the trading programs, other States also have that option, and some States have chosen to allow units in their respective jurisdictions to opt in. Consequently, any CAIR SO2 unit, including those in West Virginia, may obtain CAIR SO2 allowances allocated to a CAIR opt-in unit and use them to comply with the allowance-holding requirements in the CAIR SO2 trading program. Under the CAIR SO2 model trading rule, compliance with these requirements is determined in two steps: First, CAIR units that are also Acid Rain units must show compliance consistent with the Acid Rain Program allowance-holding requirement and so can use only title IV allowances; and second, all CAIR units must then show compliance with the CAIR trading program allowance-holding requirement using either title IV allowances or CAIR SO2 allowances allocated to CAIR opt-in units. Language in the compliance provisions of the CAIR SO2 model trading rule states explicitly when CAIR SO2 allowances allocated to CAIR opt-in units can and cannot be used. West Virginia's SIP inadvertently omitted this language from section 45-41-54, apparently because the language refers to the CAIR Start Printed Page 27737opt-in unit provisions. However, West Virginia's rule still requires compliance initially with the Acid Rain Program requirement set forth in sections 73.35 and 77.5 of the Acid Rain Program rules, which themselves require the use of only title IV allowances. Consequently, EPA interprets subsections 54.2.a.1 and 54.2.a.2 to allow only for the use of title IV allowances. Moreover, since West Virginia's rule defines “CAIR SO2 allowance” as including allowances allocated to CAIR opt-in units, EPA interprets subsections 54.2.a.3, 54.2.b, 54.2.b.2, and 54.4.a to allow for the use of title IV allowances and allowances allocated to CAIR opt-in units. In a letter submitted to EPA on April 30, 2008, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection adopted this interpretation.
VI. Proposed Action
EPA is proposing to approve West Virginia's full CAIR SIP revision submitted on April 22, 2008, as interpreted and clarified herein. EPA is proposing to approve the recodification and revision of provisions (in sections 45-40-90 and 45-40-100) addressing NOX ozone season emission reduction requirements for internal combustion engines and cement kilns, none of which are included in the CAIR trading programs. Under the SIP revision, West Virginia is choosing to participate in the EPA-administered CAIR cap-and-trade programs for SO2, NOX annual, and NOX ozone season emissions. The SIP revision, as interpreted and clarified herein, meets the applicable requirements of CAIR, set forth in 40 CFR 51.123(o) and (aa), with regard to NOX annual and NOX ozone season emissions, and 40 CFR 51.124(o), with regard to SO2 emissions. EPA is soliciting public comments on the issues discussed in this document. These comments will be considered before taking final action.
VII. 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 proposes to approve state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this proposed 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 proposed approval of West Virginia's SIP revision to meet the requirements of CAIR 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.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52
- Environmental protection
- Air pollution control
- Incorporation by reference
- Nitrogen dioxide
- Particulate matter
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Sulfur oxides
Dated: May 29, 2009.
William C. Early,
Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.
1. The Court also determined that the CAIR trading programs were unlawful (id. at 906-8) and that the treatment of title IV allowances in CAIR was unlawful (id. at 921-23). For the same reasons that EPA is proposing approval of the provisions of West Virginia's SIP revision that use the SO2 and NOX budgets set in CAIR, EPA is also proposing approval, as discussed below, of West Virginia's SIP revision to the extent the SIP revision adopts the CAIR trading programs, including the provisions addressing applicability, allowance allocations, and use of title IV allowances.Back to Citation
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