Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Notice of proposed consent decree; request for public comment.
In accordance with section 113(g) of the Clean Air Act, as amended (“CAA”), notice is hereby given of a proposed consent decree to address a lawsuit filed by Air Alliance Houston, Community In-Power and Development Association, Inc., Louisiana Bucket Brigade and Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (“Plaintiffs”), in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia: Air Alliance Houston, et al. v. McCarthy, No. 1:13-cv-00621-KBJ (D.D.C.). On May 1, 2013, Plaintiffs filed a complaint that EPA failed to perform nondiscretionary duties to review, and, if necessary, revise the emission factors for volatile organic compounds (“VOC”), carbon monoxide (“CO”), and nitrogen oxides (“NOX”) for flares, liquid storage tanks (“tanks”) and wastewater collection, treatment and storage systems (“wastewater treatment systems”) at least once every three years. The consent decree would require EPA to propose action by August 19, 2014, and take final action by December 19, 2014.
Written comments on the proposed consent decree must be received by March 27, 2014.
Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID number EPA-HQ-OGC-2014-0168, online at www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method); by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed 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.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Susan Stahle, Air and Radiation Law Office (2344A), Office of General Counsel, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 564-1272; fax number (202) 564-5603; email address: email@example.com.
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I. Additional Information About the Proposed Consent Decree
The proposed consent decree would settle Plaintiffs' claims in a deadline suit alleging EPA failed to perform nondiscretionary duties pursuant to section 130 of the Act, 42 U.S.C. 7430, to review, and, if necessary, revise the emission factors for VOC, CO, and NOX for flares, tanks and wastewater treatment systems at least once every three years. The proposed consent decree would require EPA, by August 19, 2014, to review and either propose revisions to the VOC, CO and NOX emission factors for flares, tanks and wastewater treatment systems under CAA section 130, or propose a determination under CAA section 130 that revision of these emission factors is not necessary. The proposed consent decree would also require EPA, by December 19, 2014, to issue final revisions to the VOC, CO and NOX emission factors for flares, tanks and wastewater treatment systems under CAA section 130, or issue a final determination under CAA section 130 that revision of these emission factors for flares is not necessary. EPA will post each proposed revision or determination (or combination thereof), and each final revision or determination (or combination thereof), on its AP-42 Web site (located at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/ap42/) on the dates indicated above. In addition, EPA will provide a copy of each such action to Plaintiffs' counsel within seven days of posting. Under the proposed consent decree, once EPA has met these obligations, and any claims by Plaintiffs for costs of litigation have been resolved pursuant to the process provided in the proposed consent decree, the court would dismiss the suit with prejudice.
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 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 if the comments disclose facts or considerations that indicate that such consent is inappropriate, improper, inadequate, or inconsistent with the requirements of the Act. Unless EPA or the Department of Justice determines that consent to the consent decree should be withdrawn, the terms of the decree will be affirmed.
II. Additional Information About Commenting on the Proposed Consent Decree
A. How can I get a copy of the consent decree?
Direct your comments to the official public docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OGC-2014-0168 which contains a copy of the consent decree. The official public docket is available for public viewing at the Office of Environmental Information (OEI) Docket in the EPA Docket Center, Start Printed Page 10520EPA 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 www.regulations.gov. You may use the 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, key in the appropriate docket identification number then select “search”.
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 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 of 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 email 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 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, email 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 (email) system is not an “anonymous access” system. If you send an email comment directly to the Docket without going through www.regulations.gov, your email 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.
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Dated: February 18, 2014.
Lorie J. Schmidt,
Associate General Counsel.
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