Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement; request for public comment.
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“CAA” or “Act”), 42 U.S.C. 7413(g), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent degree and proposed settlement agreement to address a lawsuit filed by the Business Coalition for Clean Air (BCCA) Appeal Group, Texas Association of Business, and Texas Oil and Gas Association in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division in BCCA Appeal Group, et al. v. EPA, No. 3-08CV1491-G (N.D. Tex.). Plaintiffs filed a complaint in this action on August 25, 2008, which alleges that EPA has failed to perform nondiscretionary duties pursuant to section 110(k)(1)(B) and (k)(2) of the Federal CAA, 42 U.S.C. 7410(k)(1)(B) and (k)(2), to take final action on numerous Texas State Implementation Plan (“SIP”) air quality revisions by the statutory deadline. The SIP revisions are related to Texas New Source Review (NSR) air permitting and banking and trading rules. The proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement, if finalized, will collectively resolve plaintiffs' claims in this matter. A schedule for acting on the SIP revisions is attached to the proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement.
Written comments on the proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement must be received by August 31, 2009.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2009-0560, online at http://www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by e-mail to email@example.com; by mail to EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 2822T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; or by hand delivery or courier to EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. Comments on a disk or CD-ROM should be formatted in Word or ASCII file, avoiding the use of special characters and any form of encryption, and may be mailed to the mailing address above.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Victoria L. Johnson, Office of Regional Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6 (6RC-M), 1445 Ross Ave., Dallas, TX 75202-2733; telephone: (214) 665-7569; fax number (214) 665-2182; e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree and Proposed Settlement Agreement
The proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement resolve a lawsuit filed by BCCA seeking to compel action by the EPA under section 110(k) of the CAA on identified SIP revisions submitted by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The SIP revisions involve Texas NSR air permitting and banking and trading rules. The proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement provide that EPA shall sign for publication in the Federal Register a notice of final rulemaking to approve or disapprove, in whole or in part, the SIP revisions identified by the deadline specified in the Exhibit attached to each document and to deliver the notice promptly to the Office of the Federal Register. If EPA has discharged its obligations under the consent decree, the case will be dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiffs have agreed to stay this case in its entirety pending completion of, and subject to the terms of, the consent decree and settlement agreement.
For a period of thirty (30) days following the date of publication of this notice, the Agency will receive written comments relating to the proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement from persons who were not named as parties or intervenors to the litigation in question. EPA or the Department of Justice may withdraw or withhold consent to the proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement if comments disclose facts or circumstances indicating that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines, based on any comment which may be submitted, that consent to the consent decree and settlement agreement should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree and agreement will be affirmed.
II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent Decree and Proposed Settlement Agreement
A. How Can I Get A Copy of the Proposed Consent Decree and Proposed Settlement Agreement?
The official public docket for this action (identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2009-0560) contains a copy of the proposed consent decree and proposed settlement agreement. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC. The EPA Docket Center Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the OEI Docket is (202) 566-1752.
An electronic version of the public docket is available through http://www.regulations.gov. You may use http://www.regulations.gov to submit or view public comments, access the index listing of the contents of the official public docket, and to access those documents in the public docket that are available electronically. Once in the system, select “search,” then key in the appropriate docket identification number.
It is important to note that EPA's policy is that public comments, whether submitted electronically or in paper, will be made available for public viewing online at http://www.regulations.gov without change, unless the comment contains copyrighted material, CBI, or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information claimed as CBI and other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute is not included in the official public docket or in the electronic public docket. EPA's policy is that copyrighted material, including copyrighted material contained in a public comment, will not be placed in EPA's electronic public docket but will be available only in printed, paper form in the official public docket. Although not all docket materials may be available electronically, you may still access any Start Printed Page 38016of the publicly available docket materials through the EPA Docket Center.
B. How and To Whom Do I Submit Comments?
You may submit comments as provided in the ADDRESSES section. Please ensure that your comments are submitted within the specified comment period. Comments received after the close of the comment period will be marked “late.” EPA is not required to consider these late comments.
If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name, mailing address, and an e-mail address or other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. This ensures that you can be identified as the submitter of the comment and allows EPA to contact you in case EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties or needs further information on the substance of your comment. Any identifying or contact information provided in the body of a comment will be included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket. 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.
Use of the http://www.regulations.gov Web site to submit comments to EPA electronically is EPA's preferred method for receiving comments. The electronic public docket system is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity, e-mail address, or other contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. In contrast to EPA's electronic public docket, EPA's electronic mail (e-mail) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an e-mail comment directly to the Docket without going through http://www.regulations.gov, your e-mail address is automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the official public docket, and made available in EPA's electronic public docket.Start Signature
Dated: July 23, 2009.
Richard B. Ossias,
Associate General Counsel.
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