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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 00-1463


Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision to Reduce Regional Transport of Ozone

[30 Pa.B. 4472]

Notice of Public Hearing and Request for Comment

   The Commonwealth is proposing a revision of the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated regulations (63 Fed. Reg. 577356; October 27, 1998) which address interstate ozone transport and has required affected states to revise their SIP. The EPA issued the notice under section 110 of the Clean Air Act after finding that the current SIP does not sufficiently address the transport of pollutants to other states or ozone nonattainment areas. To remedy this, the EPA has set nitrogen oxides (NOx) budgets to ensure Pennsylvania does not emit NOx in amounts that contribute significantly to nonattainment in or interfere with maintenance of the 1-hour ozone standard by a downwind state.

   Pennsylvania is responding with plan revisions that substantially reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from Commonwealth sources to meet the Statewide NOx ''budgets'' for 2007 for mobile, area and stationary sources of NOx. The budgets will be met through previously adopted programs and regulations. The final, revised SIP revision will be submitted to the EPA after consideration of the public comments.

   This proposal is available on the Department of Environmental Protection's (Department) Website at (choose Information by Subject/Air Quality/State Implementation Plans), or through the contact person listed.

   The Department will hold three public hearings to receive comments on the SIP revision. All hearings start at 10 a.m. on the dates and locations as follow:

September 26, 2000
Delaware Room
16th Floor
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA

September 27, 2000
Waterfront A Conference Room
400 Waterfront Drive
Pittsburgh, PA

September 29, 2000
Main Conference Room
Suite 6010, Lee Park
555 North Lane
Conshohocken, PA

   Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Connie Cross, (717) 787-4310 (P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105) to reserve a time. Persons who do not reserve a time, will be able to testify after pre-registrants. Witnesses should keep testimony to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies at the hearing. Persons with a disability who wish to attend the hearing and require an auxiliary aid, service or other accommodation to participate in the proceeding should contact Wick Havens at the telephone above or through the AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how their needs may be accommodated.

   Written comments should be sent to Wick Havens, Chief, Air Resource Management Division, Bureau of Air Quality, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468 or by e-mail to no later than close of business on October 2, 2000. Please make sure all comments, including e-mails, include your name, affiliation (if any), and postal address.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 00-1463. Filed for public inspection August 25, 2000, 9:00 a.m.]

[30 Pa.B. 4472]

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