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Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Arkansas; Regional Haze and Interstate Visibility Transport Federal Implementation Plan; Reopening of Comment Period

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Proposed rule, reopening of comment period.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reopening the comment period for a proposed rule to establish a Clean Air Act (CAA) Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to address regional haze and visibility transport requirements for the State of Arkansas. The EPA is reopening the public comment period for the proposed rule for an additional 15 days from the date of today's publication. The reopening of the comment period is in response to a request submitted by the Domtar Ashdown Mill to extend the comment period.


The comment period for the proposed rule published on April 8, 2015 (80 FR 18944), extended on May 1, 2015 (80 FR 24872), is reopened. Written comments must be received on or before August 7, 2015.


Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0189, by one of the following methods:

  • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
  • Email:
  • Mail: Guy Donaldson, Chief, Air Planning Section (6PD-L), Environmental Protection Agency, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 1200, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.
  • Hand or Courier Delivery: Guy Donaldson at the address above. Such deliveries are accepted only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, and not on legal holidays. Special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.
  • Fax: Guy Donaldson at (214) 665-7263.

Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0189. Our 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 email. The Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means we will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to us without going through your email 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, we recommend 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 we cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, we 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: The index to the docket for this action is available electronically at and in hard copy Start Printed Page 43662at EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas. While all documents in the docket are listed in the index, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material), and some may not be publicly available at either location (e.g., CBI).

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Dayana Medina, (214) 665-7241; To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment with Ms. Medina.

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Throughout this document whenever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, we mean the EPA.

On April 8, 2015, we published in the Federal Register a proposal to establish a FIP for the State of Arkansas addressing regional haze and visibility transport (80 FR 18944). Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received by May 16, 2015. On May 1, 2015 (80 FR 24872), we published in the Federal Register a document that announced the availability in the docket of supplemental modeling performed by us and extended the comment period until July 15, 2015, to allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

On July 6, 2015, we received a request from the Domtar Ashdown Mill to extend the comment period for an additional 45 days for the purpose of allowing it to complete modeling work and submit to us information it believes to be essential and related to a significant aspect of the proposed FIP requirements for the Domtar Ashdown Mill. On July 13, 2015, we received a renewed and revised request from the Domtar Ashdown Mill to extend the comment period until August 4, 2015. Given that the comment period closed on July 15, 2015, we are unable to extend the comment period, but will reopen the comment period for 15 days from the date of today's publication. We will also consider any comments submitted to us in the interim period following the close of the public comment period on July 15, 2015, and prior to today's publication. This reopening will allow the Domtar Ashdown Mill and other interested persons additional time to submit comments to us.

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List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

  • Environmental protection
  • Air pollution control
  • Best available control technology
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Intergovernmental relations
  • Interstate transport of pollution
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • Ozone
  • Particulate matter
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Sulfur dioxides
  • Regional haze
  • Visibility
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Dated: July 15, 2015.

Wren Stenger,

Multimedia Planning and Permitting Division Director, Region 6.

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[FR Doc. 2015-17990 Filed 7-22-15; 8:45 am]