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Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Texas; Revisions to Rules and Regulations for Control of Air Pollution; Permitting of Grandfathered Facilities

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AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions of the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) submitted by the State of Texas on July 31, 2002; September 4, 2002; and March 1, 2004. These revisions require that all grandfathered facilities obtain specific permits which include emission control methods to achieve mandated emission reductions, as required, or shutdown; and require that emissions from dockside vessels which result from operations at grandfathered land-based facilities be included in specific permits. The revisions also outline additional permitting procedures for certain grandfathered pipeline equipment located in an ozone nonattainment area. EPA is approving the revisions under the Clean Air Act (CAA or Act), and EPA's regulations.

DATES:

This final rule is effective on February 5, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2011-0202. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., 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 Air Permits Section (6PD-R), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733. Contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT paragraph below to make an appointment.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Rick Barrett (6PD-R), Air Permits Section, telephone (214) 665-7227; email: barrett.richard@epa.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Throughout this document “we,” “our,” and “us” refers to EPA.

Table of Contents

I. Background

II. Response to Comments

III. Final Action

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

I. Background

The background for today's action is discussed in detail in our October 25, 2013 proposal (78 FR 63929). In that notice, we proposed to approve revisions to the Texas SIP regarding 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H: “Permits for Grandfathered Facilities” and Subchapter I: “Electric Generating Facility Permits”.

We received one comment on our proposal. The comment we received can be accessed from the www.regulations.gov Web site (Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR-2011-0202). The discussion below addresses the comment we received on our proposed action.

II. Response to Comments

Comment: We received a comment dated November 22, 2013, from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) stating that TCEQ does not support the proposed approval of 30 TAC 116.803. TCEQ noted that on September 24, 2013, it withdrew 30 TAC 116.793 through 116.807 from EPA consideration. TCEQ referenced a June 29, 2011 letter from EPA Region 6 to TCEQ. In that letter, EPA returned certain subsections of 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H, specifically 30 TAC 116.779(a)(10), 116.786(c)(2)(B)(ii)(I), 116.794(11), 116.795(f), and 116.799(a). The returned subsections pertain to Texas' implementation of the hazardous air pollution program under section 112(g) of the Clean Air Act, and are not required to be submitted as a revision to the Texas SIP.Start Printed Page 578

Response: EPA agrees with TCEQ. EPA believes that these sections are no longer before EPA as part of Texas' SIP submittal. EPA is taking no action on 30 TAC 116.779(a)(10), 116.786(c)(2)(B)(ii)(I), and 116.793 through 116.807. TCEQ's comment and the documents referenced in the comment are included in the docket.

III. Final Action

We are approving revisions to the Texas SIP regarding 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H: “Permits for Grandfathered Facilities” and Subchapter I: “Electric Generating Facility Permits”. Specifically, we are approving the following revisions to the Texas SIP:

  • Addition of 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H, sections 116.770-772, 116.774, 116.775, 116.777, 116.779-781 (except for 116.779(a)(10)), 116.783, 116.785-788 (except for 116.786(c)(2)(B)(ii)(I)), and 116.790, submitted on July 31, 2002.
  • Addition of 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H, section 116.778 and Subchapter I, section 116.919, submitted on September 4, 2002.
  • Addition of the revisions to 30 TAC Chapter 116, subchapter H sections 116.770 and 116.772, submitted on March 1, 2004.

The revisions require that all grandfathered facilities obtain specific permits which include emission control methods to achieve mandated emission reductions, as required, or shutdown; and require that emissions from dockside vessels which result from operations at grandfathered land-based facilities be included in specific permits. The revisions also outline additional permitting procedures for certain grandfathered pipeline equipment located in an ozone nonattainment area. We are approving the revisions under section 110, part C, and part D of the CAA, and EPA's regulations.

IV. 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. section 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).

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by March 7, 2014. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

  • Environmental protection
  • Air pollution control
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Nitrogen oxides
  • Nonattainment
  • Ozone
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
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Dated: December 20, 2013.

Samuel Coleman,

Acting Regional Administrator, Region 6.

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40 CFR Part 52 is amended as follows:

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PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS

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1. 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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Subpart SS—Texas

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2. In § 52.2270, the table in paragraph (c) entitled “EPA Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP” is amended under Chapter 116—Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification, as follows:

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a. Immediately following the entry for § 116.615, by adding an entry for Subchapter H; and

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b. Immediately following the entry for § 116.918, by adding an entry for § 116.919.

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The additions read as follows:

Identification of plan.

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EPA Approved Regulations in the Texas SIP

State citationTitle/subjectState approval/ submittal dateEPA approval dateExplanation
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Chapter 116 (Reg 6)—Control of Air Pollution by Permits for New Construction or Modification
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Subchapter H—Permits for Grandfathered Facilities
Division 1—General Applicability
Section 116.770Requirement to Apply1/28/041/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.771Implementation Schedule for Additional Controls5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.772Notice of Shutdown1/28/041/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Division 2—Small Business Stationary Source Permits, Pipeline Facilities Permits, and Existing Facility Permits
Section 116.774Eligibility for Small Business Stationary Source Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.775Eligibility for Pipeline Facilities Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.777Eligibility for Existing Facility Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.778Additional Requirements for Applications for Small Business Stationary Source Permits, Pipeline Facilities Permits, or Existing Facility Permits8/21/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.779Applications for Small Business Stationary Source Permits, Pipeline Facilities Permits, or Existing Facility Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]116.779(a)(10) is not in the SIP.
Section 116.780Public Participation for Initial Issuance of Pipeline Facilities Permits and Existing Facility Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.781Notice and Comment Hearings for Initial Issuance of Pipeline Facilities Permits and Existing Facility Permits5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.783Notice of Final Action on Pipeline Facilities Permit Applications and Existing Facility Permit Applications5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.785Permit Fee5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.786General and Special Conditions5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]116.786(c)(2)(B)(ii)(I) is not in the SIP.
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Section 116.787Amendments and Alterations of Permits Issued Under this Division5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.788Renewal of Permits Issued Under this Division5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
Section 116.790Delegation5/22/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
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Subchapter I—Electric Generating Facility Permits
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Section 116.919Additional Requirements for Grandfathered Electric Generating Facility Permit Applications8/21/021/6/14 [Insert FR page number where document begins]
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[FR Doc. 2013-31560 Filed 1-3-14; 8:45 am]

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