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Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule; notice of grant of reconsideration and administrative stay of regulation.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) is providing notice that through a letter signed by the Administrator on April 24, 2009, EPA granted a petition for reconsideration of the final rule titled, “Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions,” published on December 19, 2008 (Fugitive Emissions Rule). EPA's decision to reconsider was in response to a request made by Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in a letter dated February 17, 2009.

DATES:

The amendments to 40 CFR parts 51 and 52 in this rule are effective from September 30, 2009 through December 30, 2009. Effective September 30, 2009, the following CFR sections are administratively stayed until December 30, 2009: 40 CFR 51.165(a)(1)(v)(G), (a)(1)(vi)(C)(3), (a)(1)(ix), (a)(1)(xxviii)(B)(2), (a)(1)(xxviii)(B)(4), (a)(1)(xxxv)(A)(1), (a)(1)(xxxv)(B)(1), (a)(1)(xxxv)(C), (a)(1)(xxxv)(D), (a)(2)(ii)(B), (a)(6)(iii), (a)(6)(iv), and (f)(4)(i)(D); 40 CFR 51.166, (a)(7)(iv)(b), (b)(2)(v), (b)(3)(iii)(c), (b)(3)(iii)(d), (b)(20), (b)(40)(ii)(b), (b)(40)(ii)(d), (b)(47)(i)(a), (b)(47)(ii)(a), (b)(47)(iii), (b)(47)(iv), (r)(6)(iii) and (r)(6)(iv), and (w)(4)(i)(d); 40 CFR part 51, Appendix S, paragraphs II.A.5(vii), II.A.6(iii), II.A.9, II.A.24(ii)(b), II.A.24(ii)(d), II.A.30(i)(a), II.A.30(ii)(a), II.A.30(iii), II.A.30(iv), IV.I.1(ii), IV.J.3, IV.J.4, and IV.K.4(i)(d); and 40 CFR 52.21, (a)(2)(iv)(b), (b)(2)(v), (b)(3)(iii)(b), (b)(3)(iii)(c), (b)(20), (b)(41)(ii)(b), (b)(41)(ii)(d), (b)(48)(i)(a), (b)(48)(ii)(a), (b)(48)(iii), (b)(48)(iv), (r)(6)(iii), (r)(6)(iv), and (aa)(4)(i)(d).

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ms. Carrie Wheeler, Air Quality Policy Division, (C504-03), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, 27711; telephone number: (919) 541-9771; or e-mail address: wheeler.carrie@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background Information

In addition to granting the petition for reconsideration in the April 24, 2009 letter, EPA indicated that it was administratively staying the rule for three months from the date of the letter. Since the initial decision to grant the stay, EPA has learned that under the present circumstances and in accordance with the Office of Federal Register's regulations, the effective date of the administrative stay of the Fugitive Emissions Rule must be a date on or after publication of notice announcing the stay in the Federal Register. As a result, EPA is announcing that the corrected effective date of the stay is the date of publication of this notice. This stay of the Fugitives Emissions Rule will be effective for a period of three months beginning with the publication of this document in the Federal Register. To effectuate this stay of the December 19, 2008 rule, we are reinstating previous provisions on a temporary basis. The EPA will publish a document in the Federal Register establishing a comment period and opportunity for a public hearing for the reconsideration proceeding.

The petition for reconsideration and request for administrative stay can be found in the docket for the December 19, 2008 rule. EPA's April 24, 2009 letter responding to NRDC's request for reconsideration is also in the docket. EPA considered the petition for reconsideration and request for stay, along with information contained in the rulemaking docket, in reaching a decision on both the reconsideration Start Printed Page 50116and the stay of the Fugitives Emissions Rule.

II. How Can I Get Copies of This Document and Other Related Information?

This Federal Register document, the petition for reconsideration and the letter granting reconsideration and an administrative stay of the effectiveness of the Fugitive Emissions Rule are available in the docket for the final rule titled “Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Nonattainment New Source Review (NSR): Reconsideration of Inclusion of Fugitive Emissions,” published on December 19, 2008 at 73 FR 77882, under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0014. The table below identifies the petitioner, the date EPA received the petition, the document identification number for the petition, the date of EPA's response, and the document identification number for EPA's response.

PetitionerDate of petition to EPAPetition: Document No. in docketDate of EPA responseEPA response: Document No. in docket
Natural Resources Defense Council2/17/200900604/24/20090062

Note that all document numbers listed in the table are in the form of “EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0014-xxxx.”

All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information may not be publicly available, i.e., Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Docket Center, Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2004-0014, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC. The 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 EPA Docket Center is (202) 566-1742.

In addition to being available in the docket, an electronic copy of this Federal Register notice and EPA's response letter to the petitioners are also available on the World Wide Web at http://www.epa.gov/​nsr.

III. Judicial Review

Under Clean Air Act section 307(b), judicial review of the Agency's decision concerning the stay is available only by filing a petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on or before November 30, 2009.

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Dated: July 24, 2009.

Lisa P. Jackson,

Administrator.

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For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the EPA amends

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PART 51—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 51 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 23 U.S.C. 101; 42 U.S.C. 7401-7671q.

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2. Effective September 30, 2009,

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3. Effective September 30, 2009 through December 30, 2009, amend

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Permit requirements.

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(4) Each plan may provide that the provisions of this paragraph do not apply to a source or modification that would be a major stationary source or major modification only if fugitive emission to the extent quantifiable are considered in calculating the potential to emit of the stationary source or modification and the source does not belong to any of the following categories:

(i) Coal cleaning plants (with thermal dryers);

(ii) Kraft pulp mills;

(iii) Portland cement plants;

(iv) Primary zinc smelters;

(v) Iron and steel mills;

(vi) Primary aluminum ore reduction plants;

(vii) Primary copper smelters;

(viii) Municipal incinerators capable of charging more than 250 tons of refuse per day;

(ix) Hydrofluoric, sulfuric, or citric acid plants;

(x) Petroleum refineries;

(xi) Lime plants;

(xii) Phosphate rock processing plants;

(xiii) Coke oven batteries;

(xiv) Sulfur recovery plants;

(xv) Carbon black plants (furnace process);

(xvi) Primary lead smelters;

(xvii) Fuel conversion plants;

(xviii) Sintering plants;

(xix) Secondary metal production plants;

(xx) Chemical process plants—The term chemical processing plant shall not include ethanol production facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation included in NAICS codes 325193 or 312140;

(xxi) Fossil-fuel boilers (or combination thereof) totaling more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(xxii) Petroleum storage and transfer units with a total storage capacity exceeding 300,000 barrels;

(xxiii) Taconite ore processing plants;

(xxiv) Glass fiber processing plants;

(xxv) Charcoal production plants;

(xxvi) Fossil fuel-fired steam electric plants of more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(xxvii) Any other stationary source category which, as of August 7, 1980, is being regulated under section 111 or 112 of the Act.

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4. Effective September 30, 2009,

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5. Effective September 30, 2009 through December 30, 2009, amend 40 CFR 51.166 to add paragraph (i)(l)(ii) to read as follows:

Prevention of significant deterioration of air quality.
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(ii) The source or modification would be a major stationary source or major modification only if fugitive emissions, to the extent quantifiable, are considered in calculating the potential to emit of the stationary source or modification and such source does not belong to any following categories:

(a) Coal cleaning plants (with thermal dryers);

(b) Kraft pulp mills;

(c) Portland cement plants;

(d) Primary zinc smelters;

(e) Iron and steel mills;

(f) Primary aluminum ore reduction plants;

(g) Primary copper smelters;

(h) Municipal incinerators capable of charging more than 250 tons of refuse per day;

(i) Hydrofluoric, sulfuric, or nitric acid plants;

(j) Petroleum refineries;

(k) Lime plants;

(l) Phosphate rock processing plants;

(m) Coke oven batteries;

(n) Sulfur recovery plants;

(o) Carbon black plants (furnace process);

(p) Primary lead smelters;

(q) Fuel conversion plants;

(r) Sintering plants;

(s) Secondary metal production plants;

(t) Chemical process plants—The term chemical processing plant shall not include ethanol production facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation included in NAICS codes 325193 or 312140;

(u) Fossil-fuel boilers (or combination thereof) totaling more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(v) Petroleum storage and transfer units with a total storage capacity exceeding 300,000 barrels;

(w) Taconite ore processing plants;

(x) Glass fiber processing plants;

(y) Charcoal production plants;

(z) Fossil fuel-fired steam electric plants of more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(aa) Any other stationary source category which, as of August 7, 1980, is being regulated under section 111 or 112 of the Act; or

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6. Effective September 30, 2009,

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7. Effective September 30, 2009 through December 30, 2009, amend Appendix S to part 51 to add II.F to read as follows:

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Appendix S to Part 51—Emission Offset Interpretative Ruling

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F. Fugitive emission sources. Section IV. A. of this Ruling shall not apply to a source or modification that would be a major stationary source or major modification only if fugitive emissions, to the extent quantifiable, are considered in calculating the potential to emit of the stationary source or modification and such source does not belong to any following categories:

(1) Coal cleaning plants (with thermal dryers);

(2) Kraft pulp mills;

(3) Portland cement plants;

(4) Primary zinc smelters;

(5) Iron and steel mills;

(6) Primary aluminum ore reduction plants;

(7) Primary copper smelters;

(8) Municipal incinerators capable of charging more than 250 tons of refuse per day;

(9) Hydrofluoric, sulfuric, or nitric acid plants;

(10) Petroleum refineries;

(11) Lime plants;

(12) Phosphate rock processing plants;

(13) Coke oven batteries;

(14) Sulfur recovery plants;

(15) Carbon black plants (furnace process);

(16) Primary lead smelters;

(17) Fuel conversion plants;

(18) Sintering plants;

(19) Secondary metal production plants;

(20) Chemical process plants—The term chemical processing plant shall not include ethanol production facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation included in NAICS codes 325193 or 312140;

(21) Fossil-fuel boilers (or combination thereof) totaling more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(22) Petroleum storage and transfer units with a total storage capacity exceeding 300,000 barrels;

(23) Taconite ore processing plants;

(24) Glass fiber processing plants;

(25) Charcoal production plants;

(26) Fossil fuel-fired steam electric plants of more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(27) Any other stationary source category which, as of August 7, 1980, is being regulated under section 111 or 112 of the Act.

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PART 52—[AMENDED]

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8. The authority 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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9. Effective September 30, 2009,

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10. Effective September 30, 2009 through December 30, 2009, amend

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Prevention of significant deterioration of air quality.
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(vii) The source or modification would be a major stationary source or major modification only if fugitive emissions, to the extent quantifiable, are considered in calculating the potential to emit of the stationary source or modification and the source does not belong to any of the following categories:

(a) Coal cleaning plants (with thermal dryers);

(b) Kraft pulp mills;

(c) Portland cement plants;

(d) Primary zinc smelters;

(e) Iron and steel mills;

(f) Primary aluminum ore reduction plants;

(g) Primary copper smelters;

(h) Municipal incinerators capable of charging more than 250 tons of refuse per day;

(i) Hydrofluoric, sulfuric, or nitric acid plants;

(j) Petroleum refineries;

(k) Lime plants;

(l) Phosphate rock processing plants;

(m) Coke oven batteries;

(n) Sulfur recovery plants;

(o) Carbon black plants (furnace process);

(p) Primary lead smelters;

(q) Fuel conversion plants;

(r) Sintering plants;

(s) Secondary metal production plants;

(t) Chemical process plants—The term chemical processing plant shall not include ethanol production facilities that produce ethanol by natural fermentation included in NAICS codes 325193 or 312140;

(u) Fossil-fuel boilers (or combination thereof) totaling more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

(v) Petroleum storage and transfer units with a total storage capacity exceeding 300,000 barrels;

(w) Taconite ore processing plants;

(x) Glass fiber processing plants;

(y) Charcoal production plants;

(z) Fossil fuel-fired steam electric plants of more than 250 million British thermal units per hour heat input;

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