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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 14-1579


Proposed State Implementation Plan Revision; Attainment Demonstration for the Lower Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standard

[44 Pa.B. 5151]
[Saturday, July 26, 2014]

 The Lower Beaver Valley, comprised of Potter, Vanport and Center Townships, Beaver County, was designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as not meeting the Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) established for lead in 2008. Lead concentrations in ambient air above the NAAQS pose a serious human health threat. Lead that is emitted into the air can be inhaled or, after it settles out of the air, can be ingested. Once in the body, lead is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and results in a broad range of health effects, especially affecting children. The Department of Environmental Protection (Department) is seeking public comment on a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision which demonstrates how the Lower Beaver Valley Area will attain the lead standard by the prescribed attainment date, December 31, 2015. The proposed SIP revision meets the requirements necessary for an approvable SIP revision, including a base year emission inventory, air quality modeling, air quality and emission trends, emission control strategies and a contingency plan to bring the area back into attainment should future violations of the standard occur. After consideration of comments received, the SIP revision will be finalized and submitted to the EPA for approval.

 The proposed SIP revision is available on the Department's web site at (select ''Air,'' then ''Bureau of Air Quality,'' then ''Regs/Plan,'' then ''Clean Air Plans'') or through the contact persons listed as follows.

 The Department will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the proposal on Wednesday, September 3, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest Regional Office, 400 Waterfront Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. Persons wishing to present testimony at the hearing should contact Alex Haas, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, (717) 787-9495, to reserve a time. Witnesses should keep testimony to 10 minutes and should provide two written copies of their statement 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 Alex Haas using the previously listed contact information. TDD users may contact the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 to discuss how the Department can best accommodate their needs.

 The Department must receive comments no later than Friday, September 5, 2014. Written comments should be sent to the attention of Kirit Dalal, Bureau of Air Quality, P. O. Box 8468, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8468, Use ''Lower Beaver Valley lead'' as the subject line in written communication.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 14-1579. Filed for public inspection July 25, 2014, 9:00 a.m.]

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