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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Voiding of Permits and Extension of Permits

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


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EPA is proposing to approve severable portions of a submittal from the State of Texas, through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), on September 25, 2003, to revise the Texas Major and Minor New Source Review (NSR) State Implementation Plan (SIP). Within this SIP submittal, the State repealed a paragraph of the SIP rule pertaining to the Texas Major and Minor NSR SIP and renumbered the SIP rule's paragraphs. We are proposing to approve the new replacement rule as meeting the Major and Minor NSR SIP requirements for voiding of permits.

We are also proposing to approve the portion of the revision that addresses the recodification of the provision relating to the granting of one 18-month extension of a permit as meeting the Major and Minor NSR SIP requirement for extensions of permits. The revision imposes requirements on permitees, requiring a review of the permit's underlying permit determinations before this SIP-approved extension can be granted. Finally, the revision provides for a second permit extension if certain conditions are met, including a health effects review. EPA is proposing to approve the new replacement rule for this second permit extension as meeting the Major and Minor NSR and NNSR SIP requirements.

EPA finds that these changes to the Texas SIP comply with the Federal Clean Air Act (the Act or CAA) and EPA regulations, are consistent with EPA policies, and will improve air quality. This action is being proposed under section 110 and parts C and D of the Act.


Comments must be received on or before May 3, 2010.


Comments may be mailed to Mr. Jeff Robinson, Chief, Air Permits Section (6PD-R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Comments may also be submitted electronically or through hand delivery/courier by following the detailed instructions in the ADDRESSES section of the direct final rule located in the rules section of the Federal Register.

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If you have questions concerning today's proposal, please contact Ms. Melanie Magee (6PD-R), Air Permits Section, Environmental Protection Agency, Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue (6PD-R), Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75202-2733. The telephone number is (214) 665-7161. Ms. Magee can also be reached via electronic mail at

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In the final rules section of this Federal Register, EPA is approving the State's SIP submittal as a direct final rule without prior proposal because the Agency views this as a noncontroversial submittal and anticipates no relevant adverse comments. A detailed rationale for the approval is set forth in the direct final rule. If no adverse comments are received in response to this action, no further activity is contemplated. If EPA receives relevant adverse comments, the direct final rule will be withdrawn and all public comments received will be addressed in a subsequent final rule based on this proposed rule. EPA will not institute a second comment period. Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time. Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of the rule, and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

For additional information, see the direct final rule which is located in the rules section of this Federal Register.

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Dated: March 24, 2010.

Lawrence E. Starfield,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 2010-7212 Filed 4-1-10; 8:45 am]