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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Control of Nitrogen Oxides Emissions From Glass Melting Furnaces

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule.


EPA is proposing to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This revision pertains to the control of nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from glass melting furnaces. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).


Written comments must be received on or before July 11, 2011.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0286 by one of the following methods:

A. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

B. E-mail:

C. Mail: EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0286, Cristina Fernandez, Associate Director, Office of Air Program Planning, Mailcode 3AP30, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103.

D. Hand Delivery: At the previously-listed EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0286. EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change, and may be made available online at, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI or otherwise protected through or e-mail. The Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means EPA will not know your identity Start Printed Page 34022or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an e-mail comment directly to EPA without going through, your e-mail address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, EPA recommends that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. 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. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI 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 in or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality Control, P.O. Box 8468, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105.

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Rose Quinto, (215) 814-2182, or by e-mail at

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Throughout this document, whenever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, we mean EPA. On July 23, 2010, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted a revision to its State Implementation Plan for the control of NOX from glass melting furnaces.

I. Background

The SIP revision consists of a regulation to control NOX emissions from glass melting furnaces. This SIP revision is based on the Ozone Transport Commission (OTC) control measure to reduce NOX emissions from glass melting furnaces. The OTC members include Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The OTC was created under section 184 of the CAA to establish regulatory programs to reduce ozone precursor emissions, which includes the reduction of NOX emissions from glass melting furnaces.

II. Summary of SIP Revision

The SIP revision adds definitions and terms to Title 25 of the Pennsylvania Code (25 Pa. Code) Chapter 121.1, relating to definitions, used in the substantive provision of this SIP revision. In addition, the SIP revision adds a new regulation pertaining to the NOX emission standards in 25 Pa. Code Chapter 129 (Standard of Sources) sections 129.301 through 129.310 (Control of NOX Emissions from Glass Melting Furnaces). The new regulation applies to an owner or operator of a glass melting furnace that emits or has the potential to emit NOX at a rate greater than 50 tons per year in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including the local air pollution control agencies in Philadelphia and Allegheny Counties. The new regulation consists of the following: (1) New definitions and terms; (2) exemptions that the emission requirements do not apply during periods of start-up, shutdown or idling, if the owner or operator complies with the start-up, shutdown and idling requirements; (3) emission requirements which provide the owner or operator of a glass melting furnace to determine allowable NOX emissions by multiplying the tons of glass pulled by each furnace; (4) start-up requirements where the start-up exemption identifies the control technologies or strategies to be used to minimize emissions; (5) shutdown requirements where the duration as measured from the time the furnace operation drops below 25 percent of the permitted production capacity or fuel use capacity to when all emissions from the furnace cease, will not exceed 20 days; (6) idling requirements that provide the owner or operator operate the emission control system whenever technologically feasible during idling to minimize emissions; (7) compliance determination by installing, operating and maintaining continuous emissions monitoring systems (CEMS); (8) compliance demonstration on a furnace-by-furnace basis, facility-wide emissions averaging basis, or a system-wide emissions averaging basis among glass melting furnaces; and (9) reporting and recordkeeping requirements where the owner or operator calculates and reports the CEMS data and glass production data used to show compliance with the allowable NOX emissions limitations on a quarterly basis no later than 30 days after the end of the quarter. A detailed summary of EPA’s review of and rationale for proposing to approve this SIP revision may be found in the Technical Support Document (TSD) for this action which is available on line at, Docket number EPA-R03-OAR-2011-0286.

III. Proposed Action

EPA is proposing to approve the Pennsylvania SIP revision for the control of NOX emissions from glass melting furnaces submitted on July 23, 2010. This regulation will reduce emissions of NOX from glass melting furnaces. The reduction of NOX emissions will also help protect the public health from high levels of ozone and fine particular matter (PM2.5), of which NOX is a precursor component. The reduction of NOX emissions also reduces visibility impairment and acid deposition. EPA is soliciting public comments on the issues discussed in this document. These comments will be considered before taking final action.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

Under the CAA, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the CAA 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 CAA. 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);Start Printed Page 34023
  • 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 CAA; 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 rule, pertaining to Pennsylvania's control of NOX emissions from glass melting furnaces, 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.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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

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Dated: May 25, 2011.

W.C. Early,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region III.

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[FR Doc. 2011-14455 Filed 6-9-11; 8:45 am]