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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Nebraska; Update to Materials Incorporated by Reference

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Final rule; notice of administrative change.


EPA is updating the materials submitted by Nebraska that are incorporated by reference (IBR) into the State implementation plan (SIP). The regulations affected by this update have been previously submitted by the state agency and approved by EPA. This update affects the SIP materials that are available for public inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center located at EPA Headquarters in Washington, DC, and the Regional Office.


Effective Date: This action is effective July 30, 2009.


SIP materials which are incorporated by reference into 40 CFR part 52 are available for inspection at the following locations: Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101; or at​region07/​programs/​artd/​air/​rules/​fedapprv.htm;​ the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA Headquarters Library, Room Number 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460, and the National Archives and Records Administration. If you wish to obtain materials from a docket in the EPA Headquarters Library, please call the Office of Air and Radiation Docket at (202) 566-1742. For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to:​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

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Evelyn VanGoethem at (913) 551-7659, or by e-mail at

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The SIP is a living document which the state revises as necessary to address the unique air pollution problems in the state. Therefore, EPA from time to time must take action on SIP revisions containing new and/or revised regulations to make them part of the SIP. On May 22, 1997 (62 FR 27968), EPA revised the procedures for incorporating by reference Federally-approved SIPs, as a result of consultations between EPA and the Office of Federal Register. The description of the revised SIP document, IBR procedures and “Identification of plan” format are discussed in further detail in the May 22, 1997, Federal Register document.

On February 12, 1999, EPA published a document in the Federal Register (64 FR 7091) beginning the new IBR procedure for Nebraska. On December 1, 2003 (68 FR 67045), EPA published an update to the IBR material for Nebraska.

In this document, EPA is doing the following:

1. Announcing the update to the IBR material as of July 1, 2009.

2. Correcting the date format in the “State effective date” or “State Submittal date” and “EPA approval date” columns in § 52.1420 paragraphs (c), (d) and (e). Dates are numerical month/day/year without additional zeros.

3. Modifying the Federal Register citation in § 52.1420 paragraphs (c), (d) Start Printed Page 37940and (e) to reflect the beginning page of the preamble as opposed to the page number of the regulatory text.

EPA has determined that today's rule falls under the “good cause” exemption in section 553(b)(3)(B) of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) which, upon finding “good cause,” authorizes agencies to dispense with public participation and section 553(d)(3), which allows an agency to make a rule effective immediately (thereby avoiding the 30-day delayed effective date otherwise provided for in the APA). Today's rule simply codifies provisions which are already in effect as a matter of law in Federal and approved State programs. Under section 553 of the APA, an agency may find good cause where procedures are “impractical, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Public comment is “unnecessary” and “contrary to the public interest” since the codification only reflects existing law. Immediate notice in the CFR benefits the public by providing notice of the updated Nebraska SIP compilation.

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.

The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 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 action 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. 804(2).

EPA has also determined that the provisions of section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act pertaining to petitions for judicial review are not applicable to this action. This action is simply an announcement of prior rulemakings that have previously undergone notice and comment. Prior EPA rulemaking actions for each individual component of the Nebraska SIP compilation previously afforded interested parties the opportunity to file a petition for judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit within 60 days of such rulemaking action.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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Dated: July 8, 2009.

William Rice,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 7.

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is amended as follows:

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1. The authority for citation for part 52 continues to read as follows:

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

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2. In § 52.1420 paragraphs (b), (c), (d) and (e) are revised to read as follows:

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Identification of plan.
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(b) Incorporation by reference. (1) Material listed in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with an EPA approval date prior to July 1, 2009, was approved for incorporation by reference by the Director of the Federal Register in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Material is incorporated as it exists on the date of the approval, and notice of any change in the material will be published in the Federal Register. Entries in paragraphs (c) and (d) of this section with EPA approval dates after July 1, 2009, will be incorporated by reference in the next update to the SIP compilation.

(2) EPA Region 7 certifies that the rules/regulations provided by EPA in the SIP compilation at the addresses in paragraph (b)(3) of this section are an exact duplicate of the officially promulgated State rules/regulations which have been approved as part of the SIP as of July 1, 2009.

(3) Copies of the materials incorporated by reference may be inspected at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 7, Air Planning and Development Branch, 901 North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas 66101; at the EPA, Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, Room Number 3334, EPA West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20460; or at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). If you wish to obtain material from the EPA Regional Office, please call (913) 551-7659; for material from a docket in EPA Headquarters Library, please call the Office of Air and Radiation Docket Start Printed Page 37941at (202) 566-1742. For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to:​federal_​register/​code_​of_​federal_​regulations/​ibr_​locations.html.

(c) EPA-approved regulations.

EPA-Approved Nebraska Regulations

Nebraska citationTitleState effective dateEPA approval dateExplanation
Department of Environmental Quality
Title 129—Nebraska Air Quality Regulations
129-1Definitions11/20/029/5/03, 68 FR 52691
129-2Definition of Major Source7/10/027/8/03, 68 FR 40528
129-3Region and Subregions6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-4Ambient Air Quality Standards4/1/02 7/10/027/8/03, 68 FR 40528
129-5Operating Permit11/20/029/5/03, 68 FR 52691Section 001.02 is not SIP approved.
129-6Emissions Reporting11/20/029/5/03, 68 FR 52691
129-7Operating Permits—Application8/22/005/29/02, 67 FR 37325
129-8Operating Permit Content8/22/005/29/02, 67 FR 37325
129-9General Operating Permits for Class I and II Sources6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-10Operating Permits for Temporary Sources9/7/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
129-11Operating Permits—Emergency; Defense6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-12Operating Permit Renewal and Expiration5/29/952/9/96, 61 FR 4899
129-13Class I Operating Permit—EPA Review; Affected States Review; Class II Permit6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-14Permits—Public Participation6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-15Operating Permit Modification; Reopening for Cause6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-16Stack Heights; Good Engineering Practice (GEP)12/15/985/29/02, 67 FR 37325
129-17Construction Permits—When Required7/10/027/8/03, 68 FR 40528Refer to January 23, 2002, NDEQ letter to EPA regarding change to 129-17-014. Approved by EPA on May 29, 2002.
129-19Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality12/15/985/29/02, 67 FR 37325
129-20Particulate Emissions; Limitations and Standards (Exceptions Due to Breakdowns or Scheduled Maintenance: See Chapter 35)2/7/043/31/05, 70 FR 16426
129-21Controls for Transferring, Conveying, Railcar and Truck Loading at Rock Processing Operations in Cass County7/10/027/8/03, 68 FR 40528
129-22Incinerators; Emission Standards9/7/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
129-24Sulfur Compound Emissions, Existing Sources Emission Standards6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-25Nitrogen Oxides (Calculated as Nitrogen Dioxide); Emissions Standards for Existing Stationary Sources9/7/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
129-30Open Fires, Prohibited; Exceptions11/20/029/5/03, 68 FR 52691
129-32Dust; Duty to Prevent Escape of6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-33Compliance; Time Schedule for6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-34Emission Sources; Testing; Monitoring5/7/057/10/06, 71 FR 38776
129-35Compliance; Exceptions Due to Startup, Shutdown, or Malfunction9/7/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
129-36Control Regulations; Circumvention, When Excepted6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-37Compliance; Responsibility6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-38Emergency Episodes; Occurrence and Control, Contingency Plans6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-39Visible Emissions from Diesel-powered Motor Vehicles6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
129-40General Conformity5/29/952/12/96, 61 FR 5297
129-41General Provisions12/15/985/29/02, 67 FR 37325
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129-42Permits-By-Rule11/20/02 4/8/03 5/7/057/10/06, 71 FR 38776
129-43Consolidated with Chapter 415/29/952/9/96, 61 FR 4899
129-44Consolidated with Chapter 415/29/952/9/96, 61 FR 4899
Appendix IEmergency Emission Reductions6/26/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
Appendix IIHazardous Air Pollutants (HAPS)5/7/057/10/06, 71 FR 38776
Title 115—Rules of Practice and Procedure
115-1Definitions of Terms8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-2Filing and Correspondence8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-3Public Records Availability8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-4Public Records Confidentiality8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-5Public Hearings8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-6Voluntary Compliance8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-7Contested Cases8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-8Emergency Proceeding Hearings8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-9Declaratory Rulings8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-10Rulemaking8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
115-11Variances8/8/931/4/95, 60 FR 372
Lincoln-Lancaster County Air Pollution Control Program
Article 1—Administration and Enforcement
Section 1Intent5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 2Unlawful Acts—Permits Required5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 3Violations—Hearings—Orders5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 4Appeal Procedure5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 5Variance5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 7Compliance—Actions to Enforce—Penalties for Non-Compliance5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 8Procedure for Abatement5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 9Severability5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Article 2—Regulations and Standards
Section 1Definitions8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 2Major Sources—Defined8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 4Ambient Air Quality Standards5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 5Operating Permits—When Required8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 6Emissions Reporting—When Required8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 7Operating Permit—Application8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 8Operating Permit—Content8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 9General Operating Permits for Class I and II Sources5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 10Operating Permits for Temporary Services5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 11Emergency Operating Permits—Defense5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 12Operating Permit Renewal and Expiration5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 14Permits—Public Participation5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 15Operating Permit Modifications—Reopening for Cause8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 16Stack—Heights—Good Engineering Practice (GEP)5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 17Construction Permits—When Required8/11/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 19Prevention of Significant Deterioration of Air Quality5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 20Particulate Emissions—Limitations and Standards3/31/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 22Incinerator Emissions5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 24Sulfur Compound Emissions—Existing Sources—Emission Standards5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 25Nitrogen Oxides (Calculated as Nitrogen Dioxide)—Emissions Standards for Existing Stationary Sources5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 32Dust—Duty to Prevent Escape of3/31/971/20/00, 65 FR 3130
Section 33Compliance—Time Schedule for5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 34Emission Sources—Testing—Monitoring5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
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Section 35Compliance—Exceptions Due to Startup Shutdown or Malfunction5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 36Control Regulations—Circumvention—When Expected5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 37Compliance—Responsibility of Owner/Operator Pending Review by Director5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Section 38Emergency Episodes—Occurrence and Control—Contingency Plans5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Appendix IEmergency Emission Reduction Regulations5/16/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
City of Omaha
Chapter 41—Air Quality Control
Article I In General
41-2Adoption of State Regulations with Exceptions4/1/981/20/00, 65 FR 3130
41-4Enforcement—Generally5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-5Same Health Department5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-6Residential Exemptions5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-9Penalties5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-10Civil Enforcement5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Article II—Permitting of Air Contaminant Sources
41-23Prerequisite to Approval5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-27Signature Required; Guarantee5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-38Funds5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-40Fees—When Delinquent5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Article IV—Waste Incinerators Division 1. Generally
41-60Definitions5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-61Violations5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Article IV—Waste Incinerators Division 2. Emissions
41-70New or Modified Facilities5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-71Existing Facilities5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-72Emission Testing5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
Article IV—Waste Incinerators Division 3. Design
41-80New or Modified Waste Incinerators5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699
41-81Existing Incinerators5/29/952/14/96, 61 FR 5699

(d) EPA-approved state source-specific permits.

EPA-Approved Nebraska Source-Specific Permits

Name of sourcePermit No.State effective dateEPA approval dateExplanation
(1) Gould, Inc67711/9/831/31/85, 50 FR 4510
(2) Asarco, Inc15206/6/963/20/97, 62 FR 13329The EPA did not approve paragraph 19.

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EPA-Approved Nebraska Nonregulatory Provisions

Name of nonregulatory SIP provisionApplicable geographic or nonattainment areaState submittal dateEPA approval dateExplanation
(1) Air Quality Implementation PlanStatewide1/28/725/31/72, 37 FR 10842
(2) Confirmation That the State Does Not Have Air Quality Control Standards Based on Attorney General's DisapprovalStatewide4/25/725/31/72, 37 FR 10842
(3) Request for Two-Year Extension to Meet the Primary NOX StandardOmaha1/24/727/27/72, 37 FR 15080
(4) Clarification of Section 11 of the State's PlanStatewide2/16/727/27/72, 37 FR 15080
(5) Letters Clarifying the Application of the State's Emergency Episode RuleOmaha10/2/725/14/73, 38 FR 12696
(6) Analysis of Ambient Air Quality in Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Recommendations for Air Quality Maintenance AreasOmaha, Lincoln, Sioux City5/9/746/2/75, 40 FR 23746
(7) Amended State Law (LB1029) Giving the Department of Environmental Quality Authority to Require Monitoring of Emissions, Reporting of Emissions and Release of Emissions DataStatewide2/10/766/23/76, 41 FR 25898
(8) Air Monitoring PlanStatewide6/19/8110/6/81, 46 FR 49122
(9) TSP Nonattainment PlanDouglas and Cass Counties9/25/80 8/9/823/28/83, 48 FR 12715
(10) Plan for Intergovernmental Consultation and Coordination and for Public NotificationStatewide8/9/827/5/83, 48 FR 30631
(11) Lead PlanStatewide except Omaha1/9/81 8/5/81 1/11/8311/29/83, 48 FR 53697The plan was approved except that portion pertaining to Omaha.
(12) Lead Nonattainment PlanOmaha7/24/84 11/17/83 8/1/841/31/85, 50 FR 4510
(13) CO Nonattainment PlanOmaha4/3/859/15/86, 51 FR 32640
(14) CO Nonattainment PlanLincoln4/3/859/19/86, 51 FR 33264
(15) Revised Lead Nonattainment PlanOmaha2/2/878/3/87, 52 FR 28694
(16) Letter Pertaining to NOX Rules and Analysis Which Certifies the Material Became Effective on February 20, 1991Statewide3/8/917/2/91, 56 FR 30335State submittal date is date of the letter.
(17) Small Business Assistance ProgramStatewide11/12/928/30/93, 58 FR 45452
(18) Class II Operating Permit Program Including Letter Committing to Submit Information to RACT/BACT/LAER Clearinghouse, Letter Regarding Availability of State Operating Permits to the EPA and Specified Emissions Limits in Permits, and Letter Regarding the Increase in New Source Review ThresholdsStatewide2/16/941/4/95, 60 FR 372
(19) Letter from City of Omaha Regarding Authority to Implement Section 112(l) and Letter from the State Regarding Rule Omissions and PSD Program ImplementationOmaha, Lincoln9/13/95 11/9/952/14/96, 61 FR 5725State submittal dates are dates of letters.
(20) Lincoln Municipal Code, Chapter 8.06.140 and 8.06.145City of Lincoln2/5/991/20/00, 65 FR 3130
(21) Lancaster Co. Resolution 5069, Sections 12 and 13Lancaster County2/5/991/20/00, 65 FR 3130
(22) Nebraska Lead Maintenance SIPOmaha1/18/014/20/01, 66 FR 20196
(23) CAA 110(1)(2)(D)(i) SIP—Interstate TransportStatewide5/18/0712/17/07, 72 FR 71245
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